4 Mistakes To Avoid When Applying Contact Lenses And Makeup

There’s a whole host of do's and don'ts out there when it comes to contact lenses and make-up: nifty reviews on what are the “safest" contact lenses and how to care for your lenses, amongst other things. Before we delve into this, what most people don't know is that a lot of contact lens wearers are practicing not so healthy habits which can be easily resolved leaving your makeup looking flawless and your eyes healthy.

Here are 4 common mistakes, which may sound like no-brainers, but, are commonly practiced by contact lens wearers all around the globe.

Sounds pretty simple doesn’t it - but it's not! This is actually top on the list of the most frequently asked questions by a first-time contact lens wearer. Why shouldn't you put in your contact lenses after you applied your make-up? First of all, there may be residues of moisturizer, foundation, eye shadow or mascara on your fingers which can easily stick to the contact lens disrupting the cleanness and clarity of the lenses. Secondly there is a high chance your eyeliner will run leaving you having wasted 15 minutes of a perfectly applied smoky eye.

With such a vast range of products on the market today, it's all too easy to get carried away and be tempted to try every single product on the shelf. However when you’re part of the contact lens squad, you need to make smart decisions when choosing your mascara.

Mascaras that contain extra fibers to enhance the length of your lashes are great, if you have 20/20 vision or wear glasses. However for contact lens wearers the results are less than positive. Lash building mascaras contain fibers which can potentially flake into your eyes and these can become trapped under your lenses, increasing the risk of infection.

One solution to prevent flaking is to avoid touching your eyes or lashes but, an even better way is to invest in products which won’t flake. Eyeliners and mascaras which are designed for extended wear are the best solution and are particularly great if you have eyes that are prone to watering due to allergies.

How you treat your makeup products is one of the most overlooked aspects of wearing contact lenses. Let’s best honest how many people follow the professional advice to throw and replace your mascara after 3 months? Mascara tubes in particular, are infamous for being the perfect 'moist' environment for bacteria and germs to build up. Plus, if you've been using a mascara for a little too long, they may get dry and cakey, which in turn creates clumps, flakes and the not so desirable risk of infection.

A simple adjustment such as making sure you keep all containers firmly closed after use, using high quality makeup brushes, and frequently washing your brushes and sponges can improve your contact lenses experience dramatically.

When you put on eye make-up, no matter how careful you are with your application technique or handling your products, there is still a high chance that there are some residues of your make-up product that have got onto your contact lenses. So with this in mind we highly recommend you to be disciplined about replacing or cleaning them properly. Rubbing your lenses in solution for a few minutes before storing them, even if you are using a ‘all-in-one’ solution, is vital when you have been wearing makeup. Also to avoid unnecessarily putting your eyes at risk of infection and if you feel daily washing wouldn’t fit into your lifestyle daily disposable lenses are a great investment. By using a fresh, new pair of lenses every day, you’ll avoid the buildup of protein (from your eyes) or pollen, makeup and other agents which may cause irritation.

Check out SmartBuyGlasses’ collection which offers a vast range of purse friendly contact lenses suitable for all lifestyles. For more information on contact lens care, head over there .

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