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Makeup Tips for Lens Wearers from your Mississauga, ON Eye Care Practitioner

If you wear contacts a number of precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some pointers on ways to make sure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe.

Buying Cosmetics

First of all, eye care professionals recommend that you buy only brands that are oil and fragrance free. In addition, to prevent flaking and smudging, which could end up irritating your lenses, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally it's important to switch cosmetics used for your eyes frequently - it is preferable to switch mascara monthly, liners after three months and shadows every six months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Always be careful to rinse your hands prior to inserting your contacts. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara gently to avoid touching your contact lenses. Try not to touch mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the midpoint of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or put makeup on when the eyes are swollen or infected.

In addition to cleaning off cosmetics daily try to be proactive and opt for glasses when you are aware you will be using chemicals such as those used for treating hair or in a beauty salon.

Being careful when using cosmetics during contact lens use can prevent irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes and damage to the contacts.

If your eyes are swollen or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your eye doctor if you experience any redness, discomfort, or itchiness. Our Mississauga, ON optometrist will be glad to assist you with any lens issues that are troubling you.