There are many forms of safe eye makeup including eye shadow, mascara, eyeliner, and eyelash glue. Finding the right type of makeup for your eyes can be difficult, but by following the simple steps below you can determine what type of eye makeup would be best for you and your skin, reduce allergic reactions, and avoid eye injuries.
Possible Allergic Reactions To Your Makeup
If you have sensitive skin you could be prone to allergic reactions with your makeup. On the other hand, even if you do not have sensitive skin you could have an allergic reaction to an ingredient in your eye makeup
Ingredients like Rosin, nickel and lanolin can cause allergic reaction. Preservatives in the makeup, which prevent bacteria growth, can sometimes cause irritation. An allergic reaction to your eye makeup would have symptoms like tearing up, swelling, itching, redness, and sometimes flaking of the lids.
If you have sensitive skin you should stay away from liquid liners and liquid eye shadows. Try different hypoallergenic eye makeup brands until you find one that your skin doesn’t have a reaction to.
Try to get small samples (some brands sell smaller sets to try out) and try a different one every week until you find one that has no reactions. Keep track of the symptoms you experience so you can look at it later.
Wearing Eye Makeup With Contact Lens
If you are a contact lens wearer, then you know if you get anything underneath your contact it hurts and you need to wash it away.
You can easily get a scratch on your eye if something gets under your contact. This goes double if you are wearing contacts and eye makeup. Eye makeup could contain bacteria, oils and residue that could hurt your eyes.
- Wash your hands before putting your contacts in and before taking them out.
- Put your contacts in before you apply your makeup.
- Keep mascara away from the base of the eye.
- Try to avoid metallic eye shadow and lash building mascaras as they have small particles in them that can get into your eyes.
- Don’t wear any eye makeup when you go to see the eye doctor.
If your eye gets scratched or injured when you are applying make up you need to go see your eye doctor to get examined.
Tips For Eye Makeup Safety –
You can get injured or get an infection from eye makeup, but if you follow some basic safety tips for wearing eye makeup you could avoid them.
- If you get an eye infection, such as conjunctivitis, throw away all of your makeup and replace it.
- Replace all eye makeup every 6 months as bacteria builds up.
- Keep your eyeliner pencils freshly sharpened to avoid those straggly sharp points.
- Be careful not to get eye makeup remover directly in your eyes.
- Don’t share your makeup with anyone else as this is an easy way to pass on contamination.
- Don’t use saliva to moisten dried upmascara or cake eye shadow as saliva contains bacteria.
If you suffer with a reaction to your makeup and it continues after changing brands, you should consult your eye doctor as the problem could be caused by blepharitis, a chronic inflammation of the eyelids.
Above all hygiene is essential to prevent the spread of bacteria.
The US Foods and Drug Administration recommend these safety tips when using eye cosmetics