Tips on Eye Health and Makeup

Wearing makeup is fun, and who doesn’t enjoy sporting a great smoky eye from time to time? If you like to experiment with lots of different looks, tools, and products, chances are you have seen how makeup and the health of your eyes can go hand in hand. Eye health is important, as our eyes are typically very sensitive and can react in different ways to eye makeup. However, there are ways you can keep your eyes healthy while still looking your best. Take a look at these tips on eye health and makeup to protect the overall health of your eyes.

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Allergies and Allergic Reactions

A common eye issue that arises when using makeup is allergies and allergic reactions. Some individuals may have more sensitive skin or allergies that can lead to eye problems. Certain ingredients in makeup products can cause allergic reactions, such as redness, itching, swelling, watering, puffiness, and infection if you are not careful. Some tips to avoid creating problems for your eyes when wearing makeup is to prevent any products, brands, or ingredients that have caused you to have an allergic reaction before. So, always read the labels on the products before you use them. Also, when trying new eye makeup products, you should only use one new product at a time until you are sure that each product doesn’t cause a reaction.


Infections are not always preventable, so if you do get an eye infection after using a particular product, there are steps you need to take to return your eyes to normal health. For starters, stop using the product right away. Visit a doctor to receive instruction on how to care for the eye and get rid of the infection. You should also replace your eye makeup or applicators after an infection so as not to get the infection again.

However, there are steps you can take to help reduce your risk of getting an eye infection. It starts with washing your hands. You use your hands to put on your makeup and when your hands are dirty you are spreading bacteria and germs to your face and eyes. Keeping your hands clean will reduce your risk of eye infection. Another thing to avoid is sharing makeup or using makeup that is old or expired. When you share makeup, you are also sharing bacteria. Some bacteria are not harmful to one person but can be to the next, so it is always safer to avoid sharing. And makeup has an expiration date for a reason, so be sure to replace it after it expires. Expired makeup can be a breeding ground for bacteria and infection.

Other Precautions

If you wear contact lenses, be sure to insert your contact lenses before applying your makeup to avoid any buildup or bacteria on the lenses. Also, use precaution when applying makeup with certain tools to avoid causing any scratches to the inside of your eye. And, always use a mirror so you can see what you are doing when applying the makeup, and avoid applying makeup in a moving vehicle.

For more information on eye health and makeup, call or request an appointment online with Looking Glass Optical today.