Makeup Tips for Healthy Eyes

Proms, weddings, graduations…Spring is full of reasons to get glammed up.  This season, make sure to follow some tips for making sure your eyes are healthy as well as glamorous!

  • Beware of reactions! If you have sensitive skin or a history of allergies, make sure to patch test any new makeup before you put it on your eyes! Be especially careful of scented products. Yes, we’ve even spotted scented eye shadow on the market. Check the labels or call the manufacturer, especially if you have food allergies. Lots of products use wheat, corn, nuts, and milk in their formulas.
  • Use the right tools. Don’t use safety pins or bobby pins to separate lashes or apply false ones, use a lash brush or applicator. Tears, abrasions, and ulcers are not pleasant and can take a while to heal. They can also prevent you from wearing contact lenses. Make sure that you’re using eye formulas, not lip or craft products, such as lip liner or craft glitter, near your eyes.
  •  Prevent infection. Wash your hands. Don’t use expired makeup. Don’t share makeup. Replace makeup after an eye infection. Clean your brushes.  Never use saliva to moisten your makeup!  Alcohol wipes can help remove oil residue from products.
  •  Be smart about your contacts. Insert them before using makeup, with freshly washed hands. Make sure to use formulas that are safe for contacts and unlikely to flake. Beware of glitter, as well. If you do get mascara or eyeliner on your contact lens, make sure to gently clean it or use a new lens.
  •  Use lid scrubs after you remove your makeup to make sure you aren’t blocking your pores or meibomian glands! This can prevent styes, swelling, and dry eye symptoms.
  •  Make sure to use a high quality artificial tear after you remove your makeup for the night. Try not use “redness remover” drops and instead opt for a gentle formula that will help balance oil and tears in your eyes and help you feel more refreshed!

If you do have any redness, irritation, swelling, or reactions, make sure to call our office so you can be screened for infection or allergic reactions!