Practicing Good Eye Makeup Health

If your eyes are the windows of your soul, then your eye makeup is the window treatment, and the key to practicing good eye makeup health requires pulling back the curtain to unveil some quick tips on eye makeup health and eye makeup application.

For many, practicing good eye makeup health is part of their morning routine before heading out the door. For others, it's a "special occasion" thing. Regardless of how often you bedazzle your baby blues, there are a few basic precautions that you should incorporate into your regimen for good eye makeup health and to avoid harmful conditions that may affect your vision.

Consult your ophthalmologist during your annual eye exam regarding the type of eyeliner, eye shadow, mascara or make-up remover formula that's right for you. Conduct research about ingredients online about common irritants. For instance, kohl eyeliners contain lead and iridescent, glittery or shiny make-up can scratch or irritate your eye.

Be very gentle with your eyelashes.

The skin around your eyes is very sensitive and your eyelashes are important for maintaining eye makeup health by keeping allergens out of your eyes and keeping your eyes from drying out. Use an eyelash curler on lashes prior to mascara and consult a professional before getting eyelash extensions or using enhancers. To ensure optimum results, eyelash enhancers that provide longer and thicker lashes, such as Latisse, should be prescribed by an eye doctor as there can be side effects.

Discard makeup in three-month intervals to reduce the chances of infection.

Store cosmetics in a cool space, below 85 degrees is recommended.

Clean contact lenses and gently remove all eye makeup before going to bed.

Cosmetics can accumulate on lenses so they should be removed and cleaned nightly. Use makeup removers that are gentle and follow instructions for cleaning applicators. Tear-free soaps, such as baby shampoo, are often recommended if you have sensitive skin and are prone to blepharitis.

Apply makeup to a clean face, outside the lash line, away from the eye to avoid blocking the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

As a rule of thumb, the following are a few tips on what to avoid for good eye makeup health.

Don't ever share makeup with anyone.

Avoid samples in stores that are not sealed.

You have no idea who has used this product before you.

Only introduce one new product at a time to test sensitivity.

Avoid products that are untested, contain harsh chemicals, or contain gritty scrubbers.

Use products that are specially designed for use around the eyes.

Never apply makeup while in a moving vehicle.

Keep sharp objects away from your eyes, even if your lashes are clumped together by mascara or another product.

This basic information will provide you with a quick reference to follow for good eye makeup health. For more in-depth information about eye makeup health, you don’t have to wait for an annual exam. Visit your eye doctor’s website for in-depth information about your eye makeup health.