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Wearing Makeup and Contact Lenses

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Tips for Wearing Makeup with Contacts

  • Always wash and dry your hands prior to touching your eyes or your contact lenses.
  • You should insert your contact lenses prior to applying your eye make-up. Remove your contact lenses prior to removing your eye make-up.
  • Never apply eyeliner to your inner eyelid.
  • When applying powder eye shadow, close your eye and brush off any excess prior to opening your eye.
  • If you use cream eye shadow, be careful not to get it into your eyes. Use a water-based cream eye shadow should you pick to use cream rather than powder.
  • Use only hypoallergenic make-up in order to help prevent irritation of one's eyes.
  • Make-up brushes, specifically those used near your eyes, should be washed once per week and left to air dry.
  • Cosmetics do have expiration dates. Typically, eye make-up for example eyeliner and mascara should be discarded no less once every three months to prevent introducing bacteria to the eyes.
  • If your eyes are irritated from cosmetic use, do not wear your contact lenses. If irritation remains, see your optometrist for an eye exam. 

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