While we want to look and feel our best, applying eye makeup can sometimes aggravate our sensitive eyes.
I’m talking eye irritation, eye infections, and all that not-so-fun stuff. Here are a few suggestions for keeping those eyes as beautiful as possible when using makeup.
Eye Makeup Safety—8 Tips To Remember
1) Start on a clean slate. Wash your face thoroughly before applying makeup. Make sure your hands are clean too. Those germs and bacteria from your hands can get into your eyes
2) Do not apply makeup while in a moving vehicle. Multi-taskers, I’m talking to you. We know it takes only a few seconds to put on eyeliner when you are in the passenger seat or at a stop light—but please resist! A little bump in the road can mean a scratched cornea or poking your eye with a makeup applicator. One word: ouch!
3) Do not share eye makeup. It may seem harmless, but using someone else’s eyeliner, eye shadow, or mascara can quickly spread infection-causing bacteria and viruses, like pink eye. Even if a friend doesn’t appear to have any eye problems, germs can affect people differently. Also, you know the sampling counters at makeup stores? Lots of people use them, which means lots of germs. Make sure to use new samples when trying on makeup, or just avoid them all together.
4) Makeup does expire. Mascara should be thrown away after about three months. Constantly exposing the applicator to air and then putting it back in the container breeds bacteria. Don’t try to extend the life of dried out mascara by adding water or saliva.
**Helpful tip**–Write the date you open your new mascara on the tube so you’ll know when it is time for a new one.
5) Have dry eye? Be careful about using glittery, metallic, or otherwise flaky eye shadows. The eye shadow can affect your tear film, which consists of three layers (oily layer, watery layer, and mucous layer) that protect your eye.
6) Avoid using eyeliner on the upper or lower rim of your eyelid. Eyeliner can clog the oil glands of your lid AND it usually does not stay on as long because of frequent blinking.
7) Remove your makeup at night. After a long day, you are probably looking forward to the moment when you crawl into bed to catch some zzz’s. Before the lights go out, don’t forget to gently remove any eye makeup (and be careful not to get it in your eyes!). Small specks of leftover product can cause irritation to your eyes and lids overnight. Besides, going to bed with a clean face will help ensure you get your beauty sleep!
8) If you’ve had an eye infection, discard the eye makeup you were using when it occurred. Using the same makeup can cause the infection to reoccur, so buy new products just to be safe. If you are having eye irritation, take a break from makeup until the irritation subsides.
Exercising a little extra caution when using eye makeup can go a long way in preventing eye problems. If you do have long lasting irritation or recurring eye infections, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Ashcraft for an expert opinion on what to do next.
American Academy of Ophthalmology: https://www.aao.org/eye-health/news/eye-makeup-safety-tips , https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/eye-makeup
U.S. Food and Drug Administration: http://www.fda.gov/Cosmetics/ProductsIngredients/Products/ucm137241.htm