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Contact Lenses and Makeup: Advice from Fox Eye Care Group, NC Eye Doctor


For those who wear contact lenses there are some guidelines that should be followed in regard to using makeup. Below are a few professional tips for ways to make sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.


Purchasing Cosmetics


To start, eye care professionals advise that you use only products that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could result in bothering your contacts, buy waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace eye makeup frequently – it is preferable to replace mascara each month, liners after three months and eye shadows every six months.


Tips on Applying Makeup


Always be careful to rinse your hands thoroughly before inserting your contacts. Apply all eye makeup gently so you don't damage your contacts. Don't touch a brush or liner to the inner eye lid and start mascara at the center of the lashes as opposed to the base. Don't let another use your makeup or put makeup on when your eyes are swollen or irritated.


Another important tip is to remove eye makeup every night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free cleanser. It's advised to take out contacts prior to removing cosmetics.


Being careful when applying eye makeup when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, itchy or infected eyes as well as damage to lenses.


If your eyes become red or irritated don't put on makeup. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you experience any swelling, pain, or irritation. The Fox Eye Care Group eye doctor can assist you with any lens issues that are troubling you.

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