As a woman, it can be challenging to wear contact lenses safely, especially when it comes to applying makeup. Mascara flecks can stain lenses, hand creams can leave a film on the contacts, and perfume can damage the plastic of the lenses. But don’t worry; it is possible to still perform your full makeup routine without ruining your lenses. The American Optometric Association suggests the following tips to balance the two routines more comfortably:
- If you have soft contact lenses, put them in before applying makeup.
- If you have rigid gas-permeable lenses, put them in after applying makeup.
- Always remove contact lenses before removing makeup.
- Avoid lash-extending mascara. It has fibers that irritate the eyes.
- Avoid waterproof mascara. Its nature makes it difficult to remove with water, allowing it to stain the lenses.
- Use hand lotion after putting contact lenses in. The lotion residue can leave a film on your lenses.
- Use hair spray before putting contact lenses in. If you must spray with contacts in, be sure to close your eyes while spraying and also for a few seconds afterward to avoid getting any particles in your eyes.
- Be sure to blink your eyes often while blow drying your hair. Otherwise, the hot air will cause your eyes to dry out quickly.
- Choose water-based, hypoallergenic liquid foundations. Other types of foundations, particularly cream varieties, tend to leave a film on contact lenses.
It is always wise to bring up any concerns you may have with an optometrist on your True Care Advantage plan, especially if you are new to wearing contacts. With just a few tweaks to your routine, you can continue looking great and seeing beautifully, too.