See make-up safety tips that help protect your eye health.
Nov 11, 2015
Eye make-up and cosmetics can enhance your appearance. Adding a little mascara, eye liner and eye shadow is easy and fun. However, applying make-up can be harmful to eyes if applied carelessly. Issues can range from allergic reactions, to eye infections, to serious injuries.
Though extreme, the most serious eye issues caused by make-up application could involve injury to the cornea, which is the front part of the eye's surface. Corneal injuries usually cause pain and always necessitate quick medical attention.1 Other eye make-up application issues can be caused by bacteria growing inside the cosmetic containers or on the surface of make-up applicators. If precautions are not taken when applying make-up, bacteria can be transferred directly to your eyes.1
Make-Up and Contact Lenses
Wearing contacts does not exclude you from being able to wear eye make-up. Contact lenses are designed with the understanding that users may wear make-up. If you do wear contact lenses, following the make-up safety tips below can help you look -- and see -- better!
Insert contact lenses prior to applying make-up to help avoid residue transfer1
If your eyes feel dry, use re-wetting drops prior to make-up application
Never sleep in your make-up, especially if you wear contacts
Always remove contacts prior to removing make-up
Replace eye make-up every three to four months1
General Dos and Don'ts of Eye Make-Up Application
Following these tips will help keep your eyes healthy:
Buy new make-up every six months, at minimum -- more often if you wear contact lenses1, 3
Make sure make-up containers are closed tightly when not in use2
Never use saliva or water to thin out old or clumpy make-up1, 4
Never use a safety pin or other sharp object to separate eyelashes1
Never share make-up with friends1, 2, 4
Do not apply make-up on the inside of your lash line1
Never use an old applicator in a new make-up container1
Don't use cosmetics if you have an eye infection. If you develop have an eye infection, replace your eye make-up immediately after you heal.1, 2
Always wash hands before applying make-up2
Keep eye pencils sharpened to prevent scratches to the eyelid1
Store make-up properly and keep it away from extreme heat2
Only use make-up on the eyes that is intended for the eyes4
In addition to these make-up safety tips, always use common sense. If your make-up turns a different color, begins to clump or starts to smell, throw it out. Check with your eye care professional if you feel you have a make-up-related eye issue.