How to Safely Wear Makeup With Contact Lenses

If you wear contact lenses and also like wearing makeup, knowing how to achieve a beautiful look isn’t enough. You also need to know how to apply makeup safely.
Ophthalmologist inserting soft contact lens

Practicing safety while applying makeup prevents you from experiencing eye issues such as red eyes, blurred vision, and eye infections.

The good news is that makeup safety isn’t complicated. In fact, it’s so simple and easy—as long as you follow these steps.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands has always been a crucial aspect of hygiene and safety. However, proper handwashing has become even more important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Before you touch your contact lenses, touch your eyes, and apply makeup, you need to wash your hands. Handwashing eliminates bacteria in your hands that can transfer to your eyes and contact lenses and cause potentially serious infections.

Here’s what you need to do to ensure that your hands are completely clean.

  1. Wash your hands with water and antibacterial soap.
  2. Rub your hands together and get rid of any dirt underneath your fingernails. Do this for at least 20 seconds.
  3. Rinse your hands to remove all the soap residue.
  4. Dry your hands with a fresh paper towel or a clean hand towel.

Put in Your Contact Lenses Before You Apply Makeup.

Always put your contact lenses in before you apply makeup. 

Applying makeup first can cause problems for your eyes because the makeup residue on your hands and fingers can transfer to your eyes. These particulates, however small, can lead to irritation and even infection. Putting in your contacts first will prevent this from happening.

Take Out Your Contact Lenses Before You Remove Makeup.

You should also make sure that you take out your contact lenses before you remove your makeup.

If you decide to remove your makeup while wearing your contact lenses, the chemicals in your makeup remover can stain or even damage your contact lenses. This can then result in pain, redness, or infection. The simplest and best way to avoid this is to take your contact lenses out first.

Use Makeup Products That Are Safe for Contact Lens Wearers.

As a contact lens wearer, it’s important that the products you use agree with your contact lenses.

It’s best to use hypoallergenic makeup that is tested safe by eye care professionals. These products are much gentler on your skin so they won’t cause irritation. It’s also ideal to use oil-free makeup if you wear contact lenses. Oil and water don’t mix, and oils present in some makeup can seep into your contact lenses, staining them and clouding your vision.

In terms of makeup removers, look for products that are safe for sensitive skin or contact lens wearers. You can check out makeup removers from Neutrogena, Mary Kay, Sephora, and Klorane.

In general, these kinds of products are more expensive than regular products. However, it is a small price to pay for safety and overall eye health.

Wrap up

Wearing makeup isn’t just about looking beautiful, especially if you also wear contact lenses. It’s also about safety. Knowing how to safely apply makeup with contact lenses will allow you to prevent damage to your contact lenses and avoid eye problems such as irritation, pain, and infection. By following the steps outlined in this blog post, you can have a beautiful look while also maintaining your eye health

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