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7 Tips for Eye Care Safety When Wearing Makeup

July 2, 2015

Wearing makeup is a fun thing for women to do. With the right use of mascara, eyeliner, some eye shadow, and lipstick, it can be a fun experience to magically transform yourself into a better version of yourself, or if you’re feeling like it that day, someone completely different! But with the fun of makeup, can come some nasty infections. Today we wanted to give some tips so you’d know how to protect your eyes while wearing your cosmetics.

Old Isn’t Better

When it comes to friends, it’s nice to have people you’ve known a while around. However, that’s not the case with not the case with makeup. Be sure that you are replacing your makeup products and not keeping them too long. Even if an eye shadow palette looks fine, if you’ve been using it for a long time, there is a chance that you could develop an infection using it. If it’s mascara you like to use, be sure to replace it as soon as the tube begins to get dry. I recommend changing your makeup and buying new products at least every 6 months; if you can change it every 3 months, then that may be better.

Store in a Cool Place

Heat helps to breed infection. Because of this, I recommend storing your makeup at room temperature. If you tend to store your makeup inside a place that is not well regulated for temperature, try to at least store it in a cooler area. Different makeup may be more susceptible to infection and things like melting, so it’s always a good idea to check the label to see if there is any information regarding this.

Clean Your Products and Your Face

When you’re not replacing your cosmetics with new ones, you should at least be keeping them clean. Make sure to clean your makeup applicators and brushes on a regular basis.

At the end of the day, make sure to thoroughly remove your makeup and clean your face and eyes to prevent infection overnight. When choosing which eye makeup remover, read the labels carefully and try to pick one that is water-based and not oil-based. No matter how tired you are, remember that it’s important to take the time to properly remove your makeup before you go to sleep.

Care for your Contacts

If you wear contacts, it’s crucial to be extra careful when wearing makeup, because makeup particles can easily get onto your lenses and cause infection. If you wear contacts, be sure to insert them before putting on makeup, to avoid any eye makeup particles getting stuck between the lenses and the cornea. If you wear longer-term lenses and do not have daily lenses, be sure to be regularly cleaning and disinfecting your lenses.

Sharing is Not Caring

It’s fun to share makeup tips and tricks with friends, but beware of sharing products themselves. We highly recommend against doing this as it is a good way to spread infections (like conjunctivitis!). If you want to share makeup with a friend, use a clean sample applicator or Q-tip to do so.

Beware of Your Allergies

Anyone knows that seasonal eye allergies can do a lot to negatively effect your day. But what about allergies to certain eye makeup products? Be aware of your eyes and how they react to different products. If you notice that you are having a bad reaction to one product in particular, look up its ingredients and feel free to consult your eye doctor about whether or not it’s possible you have an allergy.

Be Gentle with Application

Putting on makeup has become a part of daily routine and activities for many women. For many, it’s hard to find time to get joy out of putting on makeup if you’re rushing out the door to work or an event. That said, we highly suggest taking your time, as rushing can cause corneal abrasion—not to mention you could really end up looking a mess!

For this same reason, we highly suggest being in a stable place while applying makeup. It seems silly to have to say it, but it’s surprising how many women attempt to apply makeup in the car or the subway.


If you’re a regular wearer of makeup and haven’t taken these precautions, I know that they may seem overwhelming. But in the long run, developing these habits can prevent a lot of hassle that comes along with dealing with infections like styes and conjunctivitis or painful things like a corneal abrasion. If you have any questions about your makeup routine and how it may be contributing to issues with your eye health, get in touch for a consultation today! If you have other questions about general eye care health, For more eye care tips, feel free to peruse our blog..

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