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Makeup Tips for Lens Wearers from your Saginaw, MI Optometrist

For those who use contacts certain guidelines should be followed when using cosmetics. Below are a few tips for ways to make sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.

Purchasing Cosmetics

First of all, we recommend that you buy only brands that are fragrance and oil free. Further, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could end up bothering your contacts, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally it's important to switch eye makeup frequently - ideally mascara monthly, eyeliner every three months and shadows every six months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Be careful to rinse your hands before applying your lenses. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to prevent scratching your lenses. Try not to touch a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the center of the lashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or apply if your eyes are swollen or infected.

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

Following these guidelines when using eye makeup when wearing lenses can prevent red, itchy or inflamed eyes as well as scratches, breaks or breakdown of the contacts.

If your eyes are swollen or infected avoid applying any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to contact your eye care practitioner if you have any swelling, discomfort, or irritation. Our Saginaw, MI eye doctor will be glad to help you with any contact lens issues that are troubling you.

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