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Contact Lenses and Cosmetics: Advice from your Kenosha, WI Optometrist


If you wear contacts a few precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some basic pointers for ways to make sure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.


Which Cosmetics Are the Safest for your Eyes?


First of all, eye care professionals advise you purchase only brands that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to prevent peeling or smearing, which could result in irritating your lenses, purchase waterproof mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to replace makeup frequently – it is preferable to switch mascara every month, liners after 3 months and shadows every six months.


Tips on The Safe Application of Makeup


Make certain you rinse your hands before putting in your lenses. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara carefully to avoid scratching your contacts. Try not to touch mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the center of the eyelashes as opposed to the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on when the eyes are red or irritated.


It's also very important to remove eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. It's advised to take out contacts prior to removing makeup.


Being careful when applying eye makeup when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, itchy or inflamed eyes and damage to the contacts.


If your eyes become red or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to call your eye doctor if you have any redness, pain, or itchiness. Our Kenosha, WI eye doctor can assist you with any contact issues that are troubling you.