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Ultimate makeup tips for women who wear contact lenses
August 26, 2018, 1:11 pm

You've probably read a lot about how to do your makeup if you wear glasses, but women who wear contacts more often than glasses on a daily basis also face problems. The easiest way to irritate your contacts is with makeup. How many of you have ended up with a fleck of shadow lodged underneath your lens? Or dirtied your contacts so much that you've had to prematurely open a new pack?

Here is some tips on how to wear makeup without irritating your lens-covered eyes.

Wash your hands:  You should insert your contacts before you do anything like putting on moisturiser or makeup. Anything that's left on your fingers can transfer onto the lenses, so you want to make sure your hands are squeaky clean. You also want to make sure they're 100-percent dry. Tap water has the potential to contain a parasite called an Acanthamoeba that can be dangerous to the eyes, so you never want your contacts or your contact case to come into contact with water.

Stick with oil-free products: The oils found in creams and eye shadows can sometimes work their way through the natural contours of your face and into your eyes. Think of it like salad dressing: Oil and water won't mix, and your lenses will attract the oil. While it won't hurt your eyes, cloudy lenses will make seeing difficult.

Stay away from the lid ledge: What is the lid ledge? It's the part of the lid that touches the surface of your eyeballs, and it's where the oil glands of the eyes open up. If you block those glands with makeup, it can lead to dry eyes, dirty lenses, and even sties. You want to have your eyelashes between your makeup and your eyeball, basically. The best advice is for contact-lens wearers to keep tightlining to a minimum.

Ask more of your mascara:  No one likes clumpy mascaras, but you should really not like them if you wear contacts. Clumps and excess particles can fall and get into the eyes and become trapped underneath the lenses, which is very uncomfortable. (Yep, been there, done that.) And the same goes for mascaras that contain fibers, so stick to traditional lengthening and volumizing mascaras, not the ones with fiber particles.

Get daily lenses: Instead of running the risk of red, dry, itchy eyes, and maybe even conjunctivitis, switch to daily lenses, though they're a tad more expensive than the biweeklies. Once you make the switch, you  rarely experience redness and irritation, and you can start with a fresh, makeup- and residue-free pair every morning.

Be diligent about cleaning: For people who don't want to wear dailies, two-week lenses are the next-best thing, but you have to be sure to care for them properly. That means every night, clean your lenses with the multipurpose solution your eye doctor recommends, rubbing them for 15 to 20 seconds to dissolve the grime left on them from the day, and then place them in a case with fresh—let me repeat—fresh solution. It's also important to clean your case on a daily basis, using contact solution or three-percent hydrogen peroxide, and to clean both the bottom and the top. You'd be surprised that cases are the most common cause of eye infections, and it's usually the top of the case, because no one ever thinks about that part.

Buy some lid wipes: Get lid wipes to fully get rid of the entire makeup residue so that your lids wouldn't get irritated. Some products are designed for cleaning around the lids and lashes, and it's a great way to take off makeup as well."



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