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I just got contacts. Should I change the way I apply eye makeup or start using different products?
This is a very valid question that should be considered when transitioning to contact lenses. First and foremost, oils from our hands and other products (such as moisturizer) can be damaging to contact lenses, so be sure to wash your hands thoroughly and put your contacts in prior to applying eye makeup. While sensitivity to eye makeup varies on an individual basis for contact lens wearers, it’s generally best to be selective about the finish of certain products that are worn near the eye area. For example, chunkier glitter particles in eyeshadow or eyeliner can have a tendency to fall from the eyelid into the eyes, which can be extremely irritating and especially so when contacts are worn. Avoid excess makeup on the waterline of the eye (the inner rim of your upper and lower eyelids), as products applied here can easily migrate into the eye and transfer onto the contact—not helpful when you’re trying to see! Some contact lens wearers swear by waterproof mascara and eyeliner, but as stated above, sensitivity to eye makeup is subjective, so a bit of trial and error with different formulations should lead you to a fool-proof routine that will be agreeable with your contacts! If you’re looking for mascara that packs a punch without driving you to tears, turn to Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara ($23, clinique.com), which is ophthalmologist tested and safe for contact lens wearers.
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