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Cosmetics Tips for Contact Lens Wearers from your Manasquan, NJ Optometrist

If you wear contact lenses a few precautions should be taken when using cosmetics. Below are some pointers for how to ensure you keep your eyes attractive and safe.

Purchasing Makeup

To start, we recommend you buy only products that are oil and fragrance free. Additionally, to avoid peeling and smearing, which could end up irritating your contacts, buy waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Finally you should switch eye makeup frequently - ideally mascara monthly, liners every 3 months and shadows every six months.

How to Safely Apply Cosmetics

Be careful to wash your hands thoroughly before putting in your lenses. Apply all eye makeup gently so you won't damage your lenses. Don't apply a brush or liner to the inner lid and start mascara at the midpoint of the eyelashes rather than the base. Don't use someone else’s makeup or put makeup on if your eyes are swollen or infected.

Another important tip is to clean off eye makeup each day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free remover. It's advised to remove contacts prior to removing makeup.

Being careful when applying eye makeup when wearing contacts can prevent red, swollen or inflamed eyes as well as damage to the contacts.

If your eyes are swollen or irritated avoid applying makeup. Don't hesitate to contact your optometrist if you experience any redness, pain, or itchiness. Our Manasquan, NJ eye doctor will be glad to assist you with any contact lens issues that are troubling you.