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Makeup Advice for Contact Wearers from your Costa Mesa, CA Eye Care Practitioner

If you use contact lenses certain precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Below are some basic pointers for ways to be sure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.

Which Makeup Are the Safest for your Eyes?

First and foremost, eye care professionals strongly suggest you use only cosmetics that are oil and fragrance free. In addition, to prevent peeling or smearing, which could result in bothering your contacts, buy waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to switch makeup used around your eyes frequently - ideally mascara every month, liners after 3 months and shadows every six months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Be certain to wash your hands prior to inserting your lenses. Put on all eye makeup with care so you won't damage your contacts. Don't apply a brush or liner to the inside eye lid and start mascara at the center of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Never let another use your makeup or apply when the eyes are swollen or irritated.

In addition to taking off eye makeup every day try to be proactive and avoid wearing contacts when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for dying hair or in a beauty salon.

Taking proper care in applying cosmetics during lens use can avoid red, itchy or inflamed eyes and damage to lenses.

If your eyes become red or infected don't use any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye care practitioner if you experience any redness, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Costa Mesa, CA eye doctor can help you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.