LENS CARE | Daily News


Trying to apply make-up while wearing your contact lenses has become quite a task. There are plenty of make up guides for those who wear spectacles but make up for contact lens wearers is a less approached subject.

Cloudy lenses, itching, and redness are symptoms all too common for contact wearers who use eye makeup. Certain beauty products can have harmful consequences for those who prefer lenses to glasses. Read on for expert-recommended beauty tips to keep your lenses clean and your eyes free of irritation.

Wearing contact lenses before or after applying makeup

Firstly, you don’t want to smear your makeup. So, wear your lenses first as it will prevent you from being in contact with the mascara, eyeliner, and eye shadow.

Selecting your mascara

Quality waterproof mascara is going to be your best bet with contacts. This type of mascara will keep the pigment on your lashes and out of your eyes when they tear-up because of the lenses.

Applying mascara while wearing contacts

Apply one layer, let it dry, and then go in for a second layer. This provides less chance for you to get mascara in your eye or irritate the lens.

Skip the bottom lashes. Your eyes can tear up much more often when wearing contacts. Avoiding the bottom mascara skips a lot of streaky drama later in the day.

Try your best not to cake it on. Use light, even strokes while applying the mascara. Instead of going over your lashes a lot of times in the same way, you can try layering.

Side effects in wearing make up and contact lenses

Safety always comes first. If you have any irritation or reaction to your makeup, wash it off immediately and contact your eye doctor. However, no need to be overly worried. By paying attention to your products and being careful with your application, you will likely be able to keep looking (and seeing) your best.

Makeup dos and don’ts for contact lens users

Look for oil-free makeup - Makeup with oil could spread around your face and you could end up with oily makeup in your eyes and blurring your contact lenses.

Use liquid eyeliner - It takes a little more skill to apply liquid liner, but it is much safer. Using a pencil liner means you are putting pressure on your eye with a sharp, pointy, hard object. This is risky in any situation, but even worse if you’re wearing contacts. Liquid liner can be applied with a soft brush, so you don’t have to put pressure on your eyes.

Choose the right mascara - There are countless types of mascara to choose from, but look for mascara that doesn’t clump or flake since flakes could come off and irritate your eyes and cause problems with your lenses.

Use creams or pressed powder - Loose powder makeup can easily get into your eyes, which can cause irritation, damage to your lens, and, in some cases, infections. In most cases, creams are best, but if you don’t use them, you should at least use a pressed powder that is less likely to get into your eyes. You should specifically choose creams when you are looking for eyeliner and concealer, since those go right next to your eyes, but it is also smart to choose creams for blush and foundation since powdered blush could still get into your eyes when you are applying it.

Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

Tips to keep in mind when using make up and wearing contacts

* Put on lenses with clean fingers

Wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid using products that are oily, contain fragrance, dyes, hand lotions or anything that will adhere to lenses.

* Put contacts in before applying makeup

Some people suggest putting contacts in after applying makeup to avoid damaging or scratching the lenses, but there’s more of a chance of getting makeup onto your fingers and on the contacts, causing discomfort and possible infection.

* Use products that are safe for contact lens wearers

Look for makeup products that are hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist-tested for contact lenses or are safe for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes.

* Apply makeup with care

Gently apply eyeliner and eyeshadow, so that you don’t jostle the lenses.

* Be careful with the eyeliner

Contact lens wearers should avoid applying liner to the inside of the lash line (the flat part of the lid). This blocks and can cause infection of the important oil producing tear glands, which can lead to dry eyes, filmy lenses and even sties.

* Use cream eyeshadows instead of powder

Though both types of eyeshadow can get into the eyes when being applied, it is easier to control the dust from cream shadows. Using an eyeshadow primer can help the shadow adhere to the lids.

* Avoid oil-based products

It’s best to avoid oil-based products around the eyes and to use mascara that is easily removed with non-oily makeup removers.

*Skip the lash building mascaras

Avoid mascaras that contain fibers that will flake into the eyes (like lash-building fibers).



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