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Makeup Advice for Contact Wearers from your Manchester, CT Eye Care Practitioner

For those who wear contacts a few precautions should be taken when applying makeup. Here are a few professional pointers on how to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

First of all, we advise you buy only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to prevent flaking and smearing, which could end up irritating your lenses, purchase waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should replace makeup at regular intervals - it is preferable to switch mascara monthly, liners every 3 months and eye shadows every 6 months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Make sure you rinse your hands thoroughly prior to inserting your lenses. Apply all eye makeup with care so you don't jostle your contacts. Try not to apply mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and apply mascara at the center of the lashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Don't use someone else’s makeup or apply when the eyes are red or irritated.

In addition to removing eye makeup every day try to be proactive and avoid wearing contacts when dying or treating your hair with a chemical.

Adhering to these guidelines when applying makeup when wearing contact lenses can prevent irritated, swollen or infected eyes as well as damage to the contacts.

When your eyes are swollen or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your eye doctor if you experience any redness, discomfort, or inflammation. Our Manchester, CT eye doctor can assist you with any contact lens problems that you may be having.