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Makeup Advice for Lens Wearers from your North Reading, MA Optometrist

For those who wear contacts there are a few precautions that should be taken when it comes to the use of makeup. Here are a few pointers on ways to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and healthy.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

Even before we discuss how to apply makeup, we advise that you purchase only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free. Additionally, to avoid peeling and smudging, which could result in bothering your lenses, purchase water-resistant mascara and eyeliner. Lastly you should switch eye makeup frequently - ideally switch mascara every month, liners every 3 months and shadows every 6 months.

The Safe Application of Cosmetics

Be careful to rinse your hands prior to putting in your lenses. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to avoid touching your lenses. Make sure you don't apply a brush or liner to the inner eye lid and start mascara at the center of the eyelashes instead of the bottom near the lid. Never let another use your makeup or put makeup on when your eyes are swollen or infected.

It's also very important to remove eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. Don't forget to remove lenses prior to cleaning off cosmetics.

Taking proper care in using makeup when wearing contacts can prevent irritated, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as damage to the contacts.

If your eyes are swollen or irritated avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Feel free to call your optometrist if you have any swelling, discomfort, or inflammation. Our North Reading, MA eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any lens problems that are troubling you.


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