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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your Crystal Lake, IL Eye Doctor

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For those who use contact lenses certain precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Below are some professional pointers for ways to be sure your eyes remain looking great and safe.

Purchasing Makeup

Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals advise that you use only cosmetics that are free of oils and fragrances. In addition, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could end up bothering your contacts, purchase waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace cosmetics used for your eyes frequently – ideally mascara monthly, liners every three months and shadows after half a year.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Always make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before putting in your contacts. Apply all eye makeup with care to avoid touching your lenses. Try not to touch a brush or liner to the inside eye lid and apply mascara at the middle of the eyelashes instead of the base. Never share makeup with others or put makeup on when the eyes are swollen or irritated.

In addition to removing eye makeup daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for dying hair or in a beauty salon.

Being careful when using eye makeup during contact lens use can avoid red, itchy or inflamed eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.

When your eyes are red or irritated don't use makeup. Feel free to contact your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or itchiness. Our Crystal Lake, IL optometrist can help you with any contact problems that you may be having.