Try these hair care and make-up tips for getting the best out of your beauty routine when wearing contact lenses.
Applying your make-up
- Put in your contact lenses before you apply your make-up to avoid getting any make-up residue on your lenses. Don’t forget to wash and dry your hands first!
- Apply eyeliner above your lashes instead of along your inner eyelid or lash line.
- When you put on mascara, don't start at the base of your lashes. Start at the midpoint and extend to the tips.
- Don't put in your lenses or wear make-up near your eyes if your eyes are swollen, red or irritated. Call your eye care practitioner for advice.
Removing your make-up
- Take your contact lenses out before you take off your eye make-up.
- Remove your make-up at the end of each day with a hypoallergenic, oil-free make-up remover.
Choosing the right make-up
- Look for products that are hypoallergenic.
- Choose oil-free and fragrance-free eye make-up, which is less likely to irritate your eyes.
- Opt for a water-based foundation, because cream-based foundations can leave a film on your lenses.
- Use water-resistant or long wear mascara and eyeliner to prevent flaking and smudging.
- Don't use mascara with lash-building fibres because it can damage your lenses.
- Favour pressed powder over loose powder and don’t apply it to the area around your eyes.
- Keep your eyes closed when you apply powder to avoid it getting on your lenses.
- Use quality make-up brushes. They are less likely to shed bristles, which can get into your eyes.
- Don't wear false eyelashes. The lash glue can irritate your eyes.
- Avoid sharing make-up. Eye infections can be easily passed between people.
- Keep your make-up containers tightly closed to preserve freshness.
- Replace your make-up regularly to keep it fresh and hygienic.
Tips for hair care
- Take out your contact lenses while you colour or perm your hair, because the fixing chemicals can irritate your eyes.
- Ideally, use hairspray before putting in your contact lenses.
- Hairspray and lenses don’t get on well. If you are already wearing your contact lenses when you spray your hair, close your eyes and keep them closed for a few seconds afterwards.
- Make a conscious effort to blink frequently when you blow- dry your hair, to keep your eyes and lenses moist.
Following these tips will help ensure that wearing contact lenses won’t get in the way of your beauty routine.
With contact lenses, you can show off your natural beauty and your eye make-up, without glasses getting in the way!