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For those who wear contacts there are a number of precautions that should be taken in regard to using makeup. Here are a few basic tips for ways to ensure your eyes remain looking great and healthy.

Which Makeup Are Best for your Eyes?

First and foremost, eye care professionals recommend that you use only products that are oil free and fragrance free. Further, to avoid flaking and smearing, which could result in bothering your lenses, use waterproof mascara and eyeliner. Lastly it's important to replace makeup at regular intervals - it is preferable to mascara once a month, eyeliner after 3 months and shadows after half a year.

How to Safely Apply Makeup

Make sure you wash your hands prior to putting in your lenses. Apply all eye makeup with care to avoid scratching your contact lenses. Make sure you don't apply a brush or liner to the lid inside the lashes and start mascara at the middle of the eyelashes as opposed to the bottom near the lid. Don't let another use your makeup or put makeup on when the eyes are red or irritated.

In addition to removing cosmetics every day try to think ahead and avoid wearing contacts when dying or treating your hair with a chemical.

Adhering to these guidelines when using eye makeup when wearing contacts can avoid red, itchy or infected eyes and scratches, breaks or breakdown of lenses.

If your eyes are red or irritated don't apply makeup. Feel free to contact your eye doctor if you have any swelling, discomfort, or irritation. Our Myrtle Beach, SC eye doctor can help you with any contact problems that are troubling you.