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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Do’s and Don’ts from your North Vancouver, BC Eye Doctor

For those who wear contacts a number of guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Below are some tips for ways to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

To start, we recommend that you purchase only brands that are free of oils and fragrances. In addition, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could result in bothering your lenses, purchase water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to switch makeup used around your eyes frequently - ideally mascara once a month, eyeliner every 3 months and eye shadows every six months.

Applying Cosmetics

Be careful to rinse your hands before applying your contacts. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara gently to prevent scratching your contacts. Make sure you don't apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the center of the eyelashes rather than the base. Don't let another use your makeup or apply when the eyes are swollen or infected.

Another important tip is to clean off makeup every night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. Don't forget to take out contacts before removing cosmetics.

Following these guidelines when using eye makeup when wearing contacts can prevent red, itchy or infected eyes as well as damage to lenses.

If your eyes become swollen or irritated avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you experience any redness, pain, or irritation. Our North Vancouver, BC eye doctor can assist you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.