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Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

Wearing contact lenses doesn't necessarily mean that you have to give up using makeup. Besides being a very tricky business, using makeup when wearing contact lens can be also be painful and harmful for your eyes. Here are some tips and tricks on how to use makeup in your advantage without irritating the eyes when having to wear contact lenses.


When wearing contact lenses you don't have to give up using makeup. You just have to follow certain rules in order to avoid irritating your eyes and damage the contact lenses, and avoid a few makeup mistakes. Sometimes the biggest dilemma for women having to deal with this problem is when to apply the lenses.

The general rule says that you should put the lenses before the makeup. However, depending on the problem you have, you can put your lenses before or after applying makeup. If you have a bigger problem that doesn't allow you to focus the eyesight without corrective help, you don't have so many options. You'll just have to apply makeup with the lenses on.

On the other hand, if the problem you have is not that serious, it is rather preferable to first apply makeup and immediately after your lenses. This way, any small flake or dust grain from your makeup products can be taken care of before they enter into your eyes. If you apply makeup with the lenses on, you might have to take them off again in order to remove the irritating element, clean the eye, and start everything over.

  • There are two essential rules that everyone should follow when using makeup and wearing lenses. First of all, there is the texture of the makeup, and then, the products you purchase. These two crucial rules are applied not only on the products used for the eye makeup, but for all the products you use on your skin. There are on the market certain products that are specially made for contact lens wearers, which are more gentle with your eyes and they are ophthalmic tested.

  • If you use a brush or a different fabric to remove the translucent powder excess on your face, you cannot avoid that many dust particles to stick on your skin. Some of these particles will certainly get into your eyes irritating them. If you want to avoid this, you have two main options.

  • First, you can replace the light powder with a compact one. Gently apply it on the nose, forehead and chin and try to stay away from the eye area. The difference between the two powders is that for the second one the particles will stick better on the skin. Secondly, you can use a 2 in 1 foundation and powder. This type of products have a more watery texture that helps the product to fix immediately on the skin.
  • As for the eye makeup, an eyeliner and a mascara are good and safe options for those of you who have lenses. You can apply them after putting your lenses. As you need to reduce at maximum the risk of irritating the eyes, you need to take into consideration a few details when it comes to choosing your mascara. You should choose a hypoallergenic mascara and one that is safe for contact lens wearers. As for the eyeshadow used, a great choice would be a cream or pressed powder eyeshadow. The eyeliner should be water-based, and make sure you avoid applying it inside the lid.

  • Use makeup products that are oil-free and fragrance-free. Also, the mascara and the eyeliner used should be waterproof that doesn't only provide long lasting coverage, but it also avoids them to run on your lenses and irritate the eye. Moreover, they should be easier to remove.

  • Try to avoid using a mascara for volume as the fibers might damage your lenses. Also, don't apply mascara at the base of your eyelashes, but start from the middle continuing towards the ends.

  • If you don't know what colors to use when wearing contact lenses, remember that cold colors, such as blue or green, give a certain touch of freshness and serenity to your look, while warm shades, like brown, red, pink, or yellow, are rather dynamic. As for the neutral colors, like black, white, beige, gray, they add discretion and mystery to the look.


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