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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Suggestions from your Kennett Square, PA Eye Care Practitioner


If you use contacts a few precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers for how to be sure your eyes remain looking great and healthy.


Which Cosmetics Are Best for your Eyes?


To start, we strongly suggest you buy only brands that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to prevent flaking or smearing, which could result in irritating your lenses, purchase water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace cosmetics used for your eyes frequently - it is preferable to switch mascara each month, eyeliner every 3 months and shadows every six months.


How to Safely Apply Cosmetics


Always be careful to wash your hands thoroughly prior to applying your contacts. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara gently so you don't damage your lenses. Make sure you don't apply a brush or liner to the inner lid and start mascara from the center of the lashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don't let another use your makeup or put makeup on if the eyes are swollen or infected.


Another important tip is to remove eye makeup every day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. It's advised to remove contacts prior to removing cosmetics.


Being careful when applying cosmetics when wearing contact lenses can avoid irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.


When your eyes are swollen or irritated avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to call your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or irritation. Our Kennett Square, PA optometrist will be glad to assist you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.