6 Essential Beauty Tips For The Makeup Loving Contact Lens Wearer

Lady Cleaning Away Her Make Up

Beauty tips for people that wear glasses are all over the web, probably because according to a study done by Vision Impact Institute, 71% of people wear glasses and only 22% wear contact lens. Today, nearly 41 million adults in the U.S. (more than one in ten people) and 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses.  A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found nearly one-third of contact lens wearers report going to the doctor for red or painful eyes related to wearing contact lenses. Could it be because of your makeup? Probably! Check out these 6 essential tips for you, the girl that wants to wear contact lens AND makeup.

1. Beware of Fiber Mascara

If you have short, thin lashes, you’ve probably thought about using a mascara that promises longer lashes. The problem is, fiber mascara is harmful no matter what kind of contact lenses you wear. According to an article by The Beauty Brains, soft lenses tend to absorb mascara, and hard lenses trap mascara under the lens, causing scratches.

2. Wash your hands

After a grueling skin care regimen, your hands are full of oils, acids and other chemicals. WASH YOUR HANDS! The AOA recommends contact lens wearers maintain a consistent hygiene routine, including

  • Washing and drying hands before handling contact lenses;
  • Carefully and regularly using cleaning solution to rub the lenses with fingers and rinsing thoroughly before soaking lenses overnight in a sufficient multi-purpose disinfectant solution;
  • Storing lenses in the proper storage case and replacing your case every three months; in addition cases should be rubbed with clean fingers, rinsed with solution, dried with a tissue, and stored upside down every night;
  • Using fresh solution to clean and store contact lenses—never re-use old solution;
  • Using products recommended by your eye doctor to clean and disinfect your lenses; and
  • Removing contact lenses before exposing them to water.

3. Oil-free makeup remover is best, but remove your contacts first

There is a vast supply of oil-free makeup removers on the market, but it is always best to remove your contact lenses first, then remove makeup.

4. Lid wipes are your best friend

If you must remove makeup and leave your lenses in, your will find that lid wipes are the best option. Lid wipes offer a gentle wipe as part of a daily regimen recommended by eye care professionals, removing debris and eye makeup that can cause eye irritation.

5. Be mindful of your eyeliner too!

Cream eyeliner that does not smudge or flake is better than your traditional  pencil liner. Also, do not tightline or line the waterline, as eyeliner particles can get into the eyeball and lenses will either soak in the ingredients causing clouding, or get trapped under lenses causing immense pain and scratching.

6. Frequent makeup wearer? Stick to daily lenses

Reduce your exposure to makeup and other irritants by using daily wear lenses and actually change them daily. According to the American Optometric Association’s 2015 American Eye-Q® Survey, more than half (59 percent) of Americans wear disposable contact lenses longer than the suggested duration. This bad habit can cause permanent eye damage from bacterial infections and oxygen deprivation. Gross!

Do you have a contact lens tip that you would like to share?

Special thanks to The AOA for all the tips and information!

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The American Optometric Association represents approximately 39,000 doctors of optometry, optometry students and paraoptometric assistants and technicians. Optometrists serve patients in nearly 6,500 communities across the country, and in 3,500 of those communities, they are the only eye doctors. Doctors of optometry provide two-thirds of all primary eye care in the United States.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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