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Makeup Advice for Lens Wearers from your Alpharetta, GA Eye Doctor

For those who wear contact lenses there are a few guidelines that should be followed when it comes to applying makeup. Below are a few basic tips for how to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.

Purchasing Cosmetics

Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, eye care professionals advise you buy only brands that are fragrance and oil free. Further, to prevent peeling or smudging, which could end up irritating your lenses, use waterproof mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally you should replace makeup used on your eyes frequently – it is preferable to switch mascara monthly, eyeliner every 3 months and shadows after half a year.

How to Safely Apply Makeup

Always make sure to rinse your hands before putting in your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care to prevent damaging your contacts. Don't touch a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the center of the eyelashes rather than the bottom near the lid. Never use someone else’s makeup or apply when your eyes are swollen or irritated.

In addition to cleaning off cosmetics daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses when you know you will be in contact with chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.

Being careful when using eye makeup during lens use can avoid irritated, itchy or infected eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

If your eyes are red or irritated avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to call your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or irritation. Our Alpharetta, GA eye doctor will be glad to help you with any contact issues that you may be having.