Say Bye-Bye to Eye Irritation
You've probably read a lot about how to do your makeup if you wear glasses. But what if you're like me and you wear contact lenses on a daily basis and love makeup? The biggest issue I come across, is irritating my contacts with makeup. I cannot tell you how many times I end up with a fleck of shadow lodged in my lens, or a spec of black from my liquid eyeliner or mascara sticking to the lens itself. Cloudy lenses, itchy, redness are all common symptoms us beauty- loving, contact- wearers experience on the daily. You've already given up 20/20 vision - there's no way we're going to encourage you to give up makeup, too. We know you better than that!
Put Your Lenses in First
While there's no real order of operations here, it's definitely best practices to put your lens in before putting your makeup on and taking them out before removing your makeup. This will minimize your chances of getting makeup on your contacts. Also, make sure to wash your hands and be moisturizer/creams- free before putting on your lenses.
Oil-Free is the Way to Be
At least when it comes to your eye makeup. The oils found in your eye shadows and creams can work their way into the natural contours of your face and into your eyes. The best way to think of it is like salad dressing; try mixing oil and water - yeah, just a no. Oil-based products will blur your vision more than cream or powder. So while it won't hurt your eyes, being able to see is always a priority.
Outline Don't Tightline
Contact lens wearers should try to keep tighlining to a minimum. While it's one of my favorite things to do, remember that in order to properly tightline you are going as close to the edge as possible which is where the glands of your eyes are. If you block the gland with makeup, it can lead to dry, irritated eyes, dirty lenses, even eye infections. Think about your lashes as the protective barrier between your makeup and your contacts.
Use Better Mascara
Avoid fiber mascaras as those tend to flake and nobody wants mascara flakes in their eyes or on their contacts. Stick to traditional lengthening and volumizing mascaras and make sure to replace them more often than usual because nobody likes clumpy mascara, especially people who wear contacts. Also, be sure to apply your mascara from the middle of your lashes so the wand doesn't touch and irritate your eyes.
Sharing is NOT Caring
You know the old saying that your mom taught you from when you were a kid? "You have to share", "sharing is caring"... Well, throw those out the window! Never, ever share your makeup with other people; eye makeup in particular. Not only are you losing valuable product, but you are also risking your own health while you're at it. While it may seem harmless at the time, trading makeup can lead to very serious eye conditions. This is especially true for contact wearers as bacteria can get trapped behind the lens and you don't even know it.