It’s a great feeling when you’ve applied your mascara perfectly, the eyeliner is just right, and that new shade of eye shadow works so well with your eye color. There’s a certain kind of confidence that can come when you know you look your best. However, even though you look amazing, your eyes don’t always love having layers of makeup put on them. While you can definitely put eye makeup on safely, there are a few things that are good to keep in mind when you’re getting ready each morning.

Meibomian Glands

The most important thing to understand when it comes to makeup and eye health is the function of these little pores. The meibomian glands line the upper and lower lid, just on the inside of where the lashes grow. They secrete an essential oil that protects the surface of the eye and keeps our eyes moist. Applying eyeliner or mascara can cause the glands to become blocked, which can result in dry or irritated eyes.

So now that you know about this function of your eyes, we can talk about how to protect your eyes while also looking fabulous with that new eye shadow.

How Makeup Can Be Harmful To Your Eyes, And What to Do Instead

Check the Expiration Date

Yes, makeup does have an expiration date! If you’ve had the same tube of mascara in your drawer for who knows how long, it’s probably time to toss it and purchase a new tube.

Wash Your Brushes

Applying eyeshadow with the same brush can cause a buildup of bacteria and dirt over time. So each time you’re applying makeup, you could actually be brushing bacteria onto your eyelid, and then possibly transferring that bacteria to the palette. The same thing can happen with eyelash curlers. So try to wash these tools regularly, around once a week.

Don’t Share

This may go without saying, but you should never share makeup with other people. Think of it this way: would you use someone else’s toothbrush? Sharing tools is a great opportunity for bacteria and dirt to spread.

Apply Makeup Safely

Running late in the morning? Rather than grabbing your eyeliner and putting it on the car, it’s a much better idea to just skip it entirely. Fresh faces are in now anyway, right? When you’re putting makeup on in the car, there is a significant risk that you poke your eye with the tool, not to mention that this is a perfect example of distracted driving.

Reconsider False Eyelashes

The lashes themselves may not be so bad for your eyes, but the adhesive that is used to apply them can be. If particles of the glue end up in your eye, it can cause abrasions and bacteria infections, both of which can affect your eye health and vision.

Wash it Off

Not only can leaving makeup on overnight lead to skin issues, it also increases the risk of bacteria building up. While it’s important to wash makeup off each night, it’s also important to use the right products. Vaseline is effective at removing makeup and there’s less tugging or pulling at your eyelashes to remove mascara. Baby shampoo is another optometrist-recommended product as it’s a “tear-free” soap.

Keep Your Health in Mind

If you have an existing eye infection, don’t apply makeup. Makeup can prevent the infection from healing as quickly as it normally would, and you’re also transferring bacteria onto your makeup tools, which increases the risk of reinfection.

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Visit Spectrum Eye Care in Colorado Springs

If you want some more makeup and eye health tips, get in touch with the optometrist at Spectrum Eye Care. We can complete a comprehensive eye exam to ensure that your eyes are healthy, and give some professional advice on how to use and apply makeup safely. Schedule your appointment with us today!