Often, women learn the hard way when it comes to putting on their make-up and wearing contact lenses. There are plenty of wrong approaches when it comes to the vision and cosmetics mix; applying make-up while wearing hard lenses is just one of them. By following these tips, however, you can keep your contact lenses clean and your eyes safeguarded from irritation while still looking your loveliest.
Time for the Soft Lenses
It would be ideal if you could put on your make-up first before putting in your contact lenses, but the ironic thing is—you need to see what you’re doing! If you need your contacts to do your make-up, particularly your eye make-up, be sure to wear soft contact lenses before applying your cosmetics. Once you have your make-up applied, you can switch to the hard lenses.
Water-proof mascara is definitely not a good match for contact lenses. The formula in the mascara that makes them water proof also makes them very difficult to clean if it gets on your lenses. Scrubbing or scratching your lenses to get that black mascara off will not be a pleasant experience and could result in damaged lenses. Also, avoid wearing lash extending mascara. This type of cosmetic is known to irritate the eyes; you heighten the risk of irritation when you wear this type of mascara with contact lenses.
It’s important to avoid wearing oil-based cosmetics when you wear contact lenses. The oil can coat your lenses and affect their quality. The oil is also difficult to clean. Hand creams or body lotions can also leave a film or coating on contacts, so be sure your hands are free of such products when you handle your contact lenses. False eyelash cement can wreak havoc on your lenses so it may be advisable to avoid such products from coming into contact with your lenses.
Try to purchase cosmetics that are hypoallergenic and water-based. These products are designed to be gentle and are less likely to cause any irritation as non-hypoallergenic cosmetics. Water-based cosmetics aren’t likely to harm your contact lenses and are easy to clean if they do come into contact with your contacts. Try to use soft-eyeliners which are less prone to flaking than hard pencils. Also, you can use spray products, but be sure your lenses are out or keep your eyes shut before applying and make sure they remain closed for about five seconds after spraying.
Don’t Forget to Remove Your Lenses!
You may want to get that caked on make-up off your face the minute you return home, but don’t forget to remove your contact lenses first! If you scrub off your make-up with your contacts still in, you may rub cosmetics on them or make-up may get lodges behind them and irritate your eyes.
Although there are some important considerations to keep in mind when it comes to wearing make-up with contact lenses, you’ll find that your cosmetics routine is only slightly affected by maintaining these precautions. By following these tips, you’ll protect your lenses and minimize any eye irritation.
About Author: Chelsea Hasbrouck is a beautician and make-up artist. She enjoys sharing her tips and style on various beauty websites. If you are looking to buy contact lenses online, visit the Lenstore.co.uk to see their full range.