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Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers

October 12, 2016 by Rachel K.

Helpful makeup tips for contact lens wearers

According to the American Optometric Association, how makeup interacts with your contact lenses can be one of the biggest challenges that contact lens wearers face. How to prevent common problems related to wearing makeup and contact lenses is easy once you know some quick tips. Picking the right makeup products and applying them carefully will help you stay away from these issues. Follow our tips and your makeup will look and feel great without irritating your contact lenses!

Put your contacts in first

Before applying any makeup or moisturizer, wash your hands and apply your contact lenses. Be sure to wash your hands carefully because anything you touch can potentially transfer onto the lenses. Once both lenses are in, you can move on to applying makeup.

If you plan on wearing eye shadow or liners, it is a good idea to apply a primer to help your look last all day. If you do happen to get makeup on your contacts, be sure to thoroughly wash the lenses with fresh contact lens solution.

Eye makeup tips for contact lens wearers

“Use only water-based eye makeup remover and mascara that is labeled as hypoallergenic and oil-free," says Dr. John Lahr, the Medical Director for EyeMed Vision Care. He also recommends avoiding waterproof mascara and eyeliner because they contain petroleum distillates which can irritate your eyes.

In regards to eye shadow, Dr. Lahr recommends using cream eye shadows instead of powdered shadows for less irritation as well. However, if you feel attached to your powdered eye shadows, try to mix them with a bit of water to help them adhere to your eyelids and avoid flaking which can irritate your lenses.

When applying eyeliner, do your best to avoid lining the inner eyelid margins because this can lead to blocked tear secretion pores causing dry eyes. While you may not love how this tip impacts your eyeliner application, your health is important!

A useful mascara tip is to avoid fiber mascaras as well as any mascaras that easily flake. Mascara flakes in your eyes is annoying whether or not you are wearing contacts, so you will really want to be sure to avoid this type of mascara when you are wearing contacts because the mascara can ultimately damage the lenses and more so your eyes!

Facial powder tips for contact lens wearers

Powder is a big part of many individual's makeup routines. Using powder can absolutely remain in your routine, but if you are a contact lens wearer, choose a loose powder and be sure to close your eyes during the application.

Remove makeup mindfully

While removing makeup may seem easy enough, remove your makeup with care at the end of the day. Use a fragrance free and oil-free makeup remover, and finding one that is water-based is even better! Use soft pads as opposed to cotton balls because cotton balls can be irritating and leave fiber debris.

Other useful makeup tips for contact lens wearers

“If you are worried about costs, contact lenses for children average about $300 a year. If you believe your child is a good candidate, then contacts are definitely a good and reasonable investment to consider," said Dr. Lahr.

Apart from being careful while applying and removing makeup, Dr. Lahr also recommends keeping your contacts away from the following products to help keep your contacts clean and healthy:

  • Nail polish remover
  • Nail polish
  • Perfume
  • False eyelash glue

While these makeup tips for contact wearers may seem simple, it is easy to forget them and to unintentionally irritate your eyes. The next time you apply makeup, think about these tips and you will be sure to have clean, healthy eyes alongside your beautiful face.