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Contacts and Cosmetics: Suggestions from your Frederick, MD Eye Care Practitioner


If you use contacts a few guidelines should be followed when applying cosmetics. Below are some professional pointers for ways to be sure you keep your eyes beautiful and healthy.


Buying Makeup


To start, we recommend that you purchase only brands that are fragrance and oil free. Additionally, to avoid flaking or smearing, which could end up irritating your contacts, use waterproof mascara and eye liner pencils. Lastly it's important to switch makeup used for your eyes frequently – it is preferable to switch mascara monthly, eyeliner every 3 months and eye shadows after half a year.


How to Safely Apply Cosmetics


Always make sure you rinse your hands thoroughly prior to inserting your contacts. Apply eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to prevent scratching your contacts. Make sure you don't apply mascara or eye liner to the inside eye lid and start mascara from the middle of the lashes instead of the base. Don't share makeup with others or apply if your eyes are red or irritated.


It's also very important to clean off makeup every night with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. It's advised to remove contacts before cleaning off cosmetics.


Being careful when applying cosmetics when wearing contact lenses can avoid red, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as damage to lenses.


If your eyes are red or irritated don't apply makeup. Feel free to call your optometrist if you experience any swelling, pain, or irritation. Our Frederick, MD eye doctor will be glad to help you with any lens problems that you may be having.