Eye make-up can cause a variety of eye problems including ocular allergies and infections. Mascara can become contaminated with bacteria causing blepharitis, conjunctivitis (pink eye), and other infections. It is important to use cosmetics in the proper manner and to use good hygiene concerning cosmetics.
Things That You Should Do or Not Do with Your Cosmetics
Do not share your cosmetics with other people as you don’t know if they may have an infection and transmit it to you.
Cosmetic Shelf Life
Do not use cosmetics past their listed shelf life. Older cosmetics have a highr risk of being contaminated.
Only use ocular cosmetics in the proper technique around the eyes following the directions and not any other locations.
If your eyes are irritated, itching, or red do not apply any cosmetics. Se your eye doctor and make sure that you don’t have an eye infection. If your eye doctor discovers that you have an infection, replace your cosmetics as they may be contaminated.
Keep the make-up out of the eye and do not apply it on the edge of the eyelid where it can get into the eye. Many patients can have trapped make-up inside the conjunctiva of their eyelids causing irritation. Be careful when applying make-up not to scratch or injure the eye. This applies to the use of false eyelashes and eyelash curling instruments as a corneal abrasion or scratch can occur.
Always wash your hands and face before applying make-up.
Eye Make-Up Applicators
Keep your applicators clean and replace when necessary.
Make sure you use make-up that is safe and does not contain harmful chemicals.
If you have trouble with sensitivity to make-up, use one of the hypo-allergenic lines of make-up.
Storage of Make-up
Keep your make-up in a cool or climate controlled environment as not doing so could lead to break down of the make-up and/or contamination.
Be careful with make-up when wearing contact lenses. You are more susceptible to severe eye infections while wearing contact lenses.
It is important to follow proper use of eye make-up as it can lead to serious eye injuries and infections.