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Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Miami Beach, FL Eye Care Practitioner

For those who use contacts a number of precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Here are a few basic tips on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.

Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?

To start, we recommend you purchase only products that are oil free and fragrance free. In addition, to avoid peeling and smudging, which could end up irritating your contacts, buy waterproof mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally it’s important to switch makeup used on your eyes frequently – it is preferable to replace mascara each month, liners every 3 months and shadows every 6 months.

The Safe Application of Makeup

Be careful to wash your hands thoroughly prior to applying your contacts. Put on all eye makeup with care to avoid scratching your lenses. Make sure you don’t apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara from the center of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don’t use someone else’s makeup or apply if your eyes are red or irritated.

In addition to cleaning off eye makeup every day try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware 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 when wearing contacts can prevent red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.

If your eyes become swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don’t hesitate to call your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, pain, or irritation. Our Miami Beach, FL optometrist will be glad to assist you with any contact problems that you may be having.