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Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Olathe, KS Optometrist

If you wear contact lenses there are some guidelines that should be followed in regard to using makeup. Below are a few basic tips on how to make sure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

First of all, eye care professionals recommend that you use only cosmetics that are fragrance and oil free. Additionally, to prevent flaking and smearing, which could end up bothering your contacts, buy water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly you should switch cosmetics used on your eyes frequently - ideally replace mascara monthly, eyeliner after 3 months and shadows every six months.

Tips on Applying Makeup

Be careful to rinse your hands before putting in your lenses. Put on all eye makeup gently to prevent scratching your contact lenses. Don't touch mascara or eye liner to the inside lid and start mascara from the middle of the lashes as opposed to the base. Never use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on if the eyes are swollen or infected.

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

Taking proper care in using eye makeup during contact use can avoid irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as damage to the contacts.

If your eyes become swollen or irritated avoid wearing makeup. Don't hesitate to call your eye doctor if you have any redness, discomfort, or irritation. Our Olathe, KS optometrist will be glad to assist you with any contact lens issues that you may be having.