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Makeup Advice for Contact Wearers from your Old Bridge, NJ Eye Doctor

For those who use contact lenses a number of precautions should be taken when applying cosmetics. Here are some professional pointers on ways to ensure you keep your eyes beautiful and safe.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

To start, we recommend that you buy only cosmetics that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking and smudging, which could result in irritating your contacts, purchase water-resistant mascara and eye liner pencils. Finally you should switch makeup at regular intervals - it is preferable to mascara each month, eyeliner every three months and eye shadows after half a year.

Tips on Applying Makeup

Always be careful to wash your hands before inserting your lenses. Put on eye shadow, liner and mascara with care to avoid touching your contacts. Make sure you don't touch mascara or eye liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara from the midpoint of the lashes rather than the bottom near the lid. Don't share makeup with others or apply when the eyes are swollen or infected.

It's also very important to remove eye makeup daily with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. Don't forget to take out lenses prior to removing makeup.

Taking proper care in using cosmetics when wearing contacts can prevent red, itchy or infected eyes and damage to lenses.

If your eyes are red or infected avoid wearing any cosmetics around the eyes. Don't hesitate to call your optometrist if you have any swelling, pain, or itchiness. Our Old Bridge, NJ eye doctor can assist you with any contact lens problems that are troubling you.