Makeup for Contact Lens Wearers

Makeup for Contact Lens Wearers

As a makeup and contact lens wearer myself, we’ve all run into the problem of perhaps our mascara running to our eyes and wreaking havoc on our contacts for the rest of the day. According to a recent study, eye make up is one of the most common sources of problems for contact lens wearers. It’s important to remember that just because you wear contact lenses, it doesn’t mean that you have to forego looking your best. Let’s take a look at the following product guide to ensure that our eyes stay healthy and look beautiful at the same time.


It is always important to remember that you put in your contact lenses before applying makeup and moisturizer as the oils and ingredients from the skin care routine steps can transfer from your fingertips to your contact lens. Primer is a great product to use, especially as a contact wearer, as it can help shadows and liners stay in place all day long.


Cream eyeshadows are less likely to get into your eyes as opposed to powder eyeshadows. Be wary of oil-based cream eyeshadows, and choose water-based ones as they can be less irritating to your eye if they do happen to reach them.


One big mistake in applying makeup if you wear contact lenses is to use eyeliner on the waterline under the lashes. This makes the product much more susceptible to landing right on the lens in the eye itself. This can even block the oil glands of your eyelids making your eye dry. Eyeliner pencils are recommended over gel and cream liners.


One big “no-no” for contact when’s where’s our lash extending mascaras that utilize fibers to extend the length of your lashes. These fibers can easily fall into your eye making your contact lenses uncomfortable for the entire day. Also, try to stay away from waterproof mascaras since they cannot be rinsed out with water and can stain soft contact lenses. The best type of mascara for us is hypoallergenic, oil-free, and fragrance-free formulas

If you still have questions about what makeup may be appropriate for you if you wear contact lenses, don’t hesitate to give our Hiwassee, GA, office a call. All of us at Georgia Vision Center are waiting to answer your questions.

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