How to Care for Your Eyes When Wearing Makeup

Sep 1, 2023 | Eye Health Info

For many people, makeup is an essential part of their daily routine. It can enhance our features, boost confidence, and help us look and feel our best. However, the eye area is incredibly delicate and requires special care when applying makeup. Failing to do so can cause a range of eye problems, including dry eye, infection, and irritation. In this blog post, we will share some tips on how to care for your eyes when wearing makeup, so you can look your best without compromising your eye health. 

1. Clean your makeup tools 

Brushes, sponges, and eyelash curlers can all harbor bacteria, which can cause eye infections. It’s recommended that you wash your brushes and sponges at least once a week with mild soap and warm water and replace your eyelash curler pads frequently. You should also avoid sharing makeup tools with others, as this can transfer bacteria and increase the risk of infection. 

2. Choose your makeup wisely 

Certain makeup products can be harsh on the eyes and cause irritation or allergic reactions. When choosing your makeup, opt for products that are designed for the eye area and are hypoallergenic. Avoid products that contain fragrances, alcohol, or preservatives, as they can be drying and irritating to the eyes. If you wear contact lenses, make sure your makeup is safe to use with them. 

3. Be careful when applying your makeup 

When applying makeup to your eyes, make sure you are gentle and don’t tug or pull at your skin. This can cause wrinkles and damage to the delicate eye area. Also, avoid applying makeup to your waterline (the line of skin between your eyelashes and your eye), as this can push bacteria into the eye and cause irritation or infection. Instead, use a waterproof eyeliner pencil on the outer edge of your eyelid. 

4. Toss your old makeup 

Makeup products have a limited shelf life, and using expired ones can lead to infection or irritation. As a rule, mascara should be thrown away after three months, while eyeliners and eye shadows can last up to six months. If you notice any changes in the texture, smell, or color of your makeup, it’s time to toss it. 

5. Take your makeup off before bed 

Finally, always remove your makeup before going to bed. Leaving makeup on overnight can clog pores and lead to eye irritation or infection. Use a gentle eye makeup remover, and make sure to remove all traces of makeup before you go to sleep. It’s also important to clean your face thoroughly before you apply makeup to ensure that it adheres properly and doesn’t lead to clogged pores or blackheads. 

Taking care of your eyes is an important part of maintaining overall health, especially if you wear makeup. By following these simple tips, you can keep your eyes healthy and prevent issues. If you have any concerns about your eye health, schedule an eye exam with Pathway Eye at one of our convenient locations.