Wearing masks these days when out and about has become the norm, so wanting to accentuate the only visible part of our face, the eyes, is normal. However, while eyeshadow and mascara can help to dress up our eyes and make them stand out more, they can also easily harm our vision if we are not being safe. Read on to find out 5 eye makeup safety tips that you should be aware of.
1. It’s time for a clear-out.
Marie Kondo your makeup bag and get rid of all expired makeup products immediately. Infection-causing bacteria can contaminate makeup products over time, especially in creamy or liquid eye makeup like mascara.
2. Sharing is not caring when it comes to makeup
Sharing eye makeup is one of the easiest ways to transmit pink eye and other bacterial and viral infections from one person’s eyes to the other.
3. Don’t sample makeup in stores, if possible
In the same vein, it is best to steer clear of testing or swatching any mascara or eyeshadow, because it likely has been contaminated by multiple people. If you really have no choice but to test out the products, ask for fresh samples (if possible) or at least a new applicator.
4. Don’t mix and match products
It is always tempting when products are advertised to have multiple functions in one – a lip pencil that doubles as an eyeliner or a blush that doubles as a lip tint and eyeshadow. But using the same product for different parts of your face means that you are risking spreading infections from one facial feature to another.
5. Take it all off at the end of the day
No matter how exhausted you are at the end of the day, always remember to remove any eye makeup before your head hits the pillows. Sleeping with eye makeup can lead to irritation or itchiness in the eyes or even infection.
If you need further convincing of how important removing your makeup is, a 2018 article published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology documents how a fifty-year-old woman did not properly remove her mascara before bed for 25 years. This led to the mascara accumulating into tiny rocks on the underside of her upper eyelid, which scratched her eyeball every time she closed her eyes.
For those wearing contact lenses
Apply this simple rule: contact lenses first, then makeup.
Do take note that contact lenses should be inserted before applying eye makeup and contact lenses should be removed before removing makeup.