Eye Makeup Safety Tips

Eye Makeup Safety Tips

middle-aged-woman-applying-ant-78730043Most women use cosmetics to accentuate their best features and hide imperfections. Unfortunately, when used carelessly or improperly, makeup can cause eye injuries and infections. As a trusted ophthalmologist serving Fort Collins and the surrounding Colorado areas, Dr. Gary Foster is invested in the health and safety of his patients’ eyes. Here, he offers some tips for women that want to avoid makeup-related infections and injuries.

Do Not Share or Swap Products

The golden rule of eye makeup safety is to never share or swap products, as it could lead to contamination from another person’s germs. Also, be leery of “tester” products in the stores; if you really want to try a tester, ask for a single-use applicator like a clean Q-tip.

Never Apply Makeup in a Moving Vehicle

Have you ever watched a woman try to apply eyeliner or mascara in a bus, car or train? One tiny speedbump or sudden stop and the mascara wand or pencil could jab her in the eye. If you are applying makeup on the go, make sure the vehicle has come to a complete stop (or better yet, wait until you arrive at your destination to apply!).

Be Mindful of Allergies

Anyone with a history of sensitivity to cosmetics or skin care products should be careful when trying new products. Introduce only one new product at a time and ensure there is no reaction before adding another, instead of adding several new products at a time. This makes it easy to pinpoint any product that causes an allergy. If an allergic reaction happens, speak with a doctor to identify the problematic ingredient.

Use Caution When Tightlining

“Tightlining” is the practice of applying eyeliner to the inner rims of the eyelids to define the lash line and brighten the eyes. Because the eyeliner particles can flake or slide into the eyes or tear film, tightlining can be dangerous. Harmful ingredients or poor application can damage the waterline, affect vision and cause eye disease. To tightline safely, make sure you always clean the tip of your eyeliner before using it, either by sharpening it or wiping it with a tissue dipped in rubbing alcohol. And if you experience any irritation, avoid tightlining altogether.

Remove All Makeup at Night

Any mascara or eyeliner remaining at the end of the day could stick to the lashes and get into the eyes during sleep. Remove all makeup before getting into bed, even if it means a quick swipe with a makeup-remover cloth.

Contact Dr. Foster

For more information about keeping your eyes healthy and safe, and your vision sharp, please contact Dr. Gary Foster by calling (970) 419-2693 or sending us an email.

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