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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Tips from your San Diego, CA Eye Care Practitioner

For those who wear contacts certain precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Here are a few basic pointers on ways to ensure your eyes remain looking great and safe.

Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?

To start, we recommend that you buy only cosmetics that are free of oils and fragrances. Further, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could end up irritating your lenses, use water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to replace eye makeup frequently - ideally switch mascara monthly, liners every three months and eye shadows after half a year.

How to Safely Apply Makeup

Always be careful to wash your hands before applying your contacts. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara carefully to prevent damaging your contact lenses. Don't apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the center of the eyelashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or put makeup on when the eyes are swollen or irritated.

It's also very important to clean off makeup each night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. Don't forget to remove lenses before cleaning off cosmetics.

Adhering to these guidelines when applying eye makeup when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as damage to lenses.

When your eyes are swollen or irritated don't apply any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to contact your eye doctor if you have any redness, pain, or irritation. Our San Diego, CA eye doctor can help you with any contact problems that you may be having.