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Makeup Advice for Contact Wearers from your Memphis, TN Eye Doctor


If you use contact lenses there are a few precautions that should be taken in regard to using cosmetics. Here are a few basic tips on how to make sure your eyes remain looking great and healthy.


Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?


Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, we strongly suggest that you purchase only brands that are oil and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking and smearing, which could end up irritating your contacts, purchase waterproof mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly you should replace makeup frequently – ideally replace mascara monthly, liners every three months and shadows every 6 months.


How to Safely Apply Makeup


Be careful to rinse your hands before inserting your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara carefully to prevent scratching your lenses. Try not to apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara at the center of the eyelashes rather than the bottom near the lid. Never share makeup with others or put makeup on if your eyes are red or irritated.


It's also very important to remove makeup each day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. Don't forget to remove contacts before cleaning off cosmetics.


Following these guidelines when using eye makeup during contact lens use can prevent red, swollen or infected eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.


If your eyes are red or infected avoid applying makeup. Feel free to call your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or inflammation. Our Memphis, TN eye doctor can help you with any contact issues that you may be having.