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If you wear contact lenses a few guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Below are a few professional tips for ways to make sure your eyes stay lovely and safe.

Purchasing Makeup

First and foremost, we recommend that you use only cosmetics that are fragrance and oil free. Additionally, to prevent flaking and smearing, which could result in irritating your contacts, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should replace makeup used around your eyes frequently - ideally switch mascara monthly, liners every three months and eye shadows every six months.

The Safe Application of Cosmetics

Make sure you rinse your hands prior to inserting your lenses. Apply all eye makeup with care to prevent damaging your contact lenses. Don't touch a brush or liner to the inner eye lid and start mascara at the midpoint of the lashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or apply if the eyes are red or irritated.

In addition to cleaning off eye makeup daily try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when you know you will be using chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.

Being careful when applying cosmetics when wearing lenses can prevent irritated, itchy or infected eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.

If your eyes are red or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your optometrist if you have any swelling, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Lake Grove, NY optometrist will be glad to assist you with any contact issues that are troubling you.