Summer make-up tips for contact lens wearers

Tina Patel Tina Patel
Monday, 01 April 2024
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Wearing contact lenses doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your favourite makeup looks. In fact, contact lenses offer more freedom than glasses when it comes to playing around with your look. Summer is especially a great time to test out new and adventurous looks, but it’s also important to ensure you are practising proper contact lens hygiene in the process.

Confused about wearing makeup while keeping your lenses in top form? Here are some key makeup do’s and don’ts for contact lens wearers.

Choose ophthalmologically tested products

Some make-up products are specifically made for contact lens wearers and sensitive eyes. Ophthalmologically tested products do not contain ingredients that could cause potential irritation to the eyes. These products are often ‘paraben-free’, ‘fragrance-free’ and/or ‘oil-free’.

You should also be extra careful when using loose pigment eye shadows as this could fall into your eyes. Products such as eyeliner should not be put along the lash line as the product can easily be transferred into the eye.

Put your lenses in first

You should always put your contact lenses in before you do your makeup – this will prevent you from getting watery eyes. Always ensure your hands are thoroughly clean and dry before inserting your lenses.

Tina Patel, our in-house contact lens optician recommends daily contact lenses for those who apply eye makeup regularly. These lenses are designed to be worn once and then disposed of at the end of the day. They are less likely to have any build-up of makeup or bacteria, so they are considered to be a more hygienic option. Some of our most popular dailies are:

Dailies AquaComfort Plus

Dailies  AquaComfort Plus

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comfi Daily Disposable

comfi Daily Disposable

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1 Day Acuvue Moist

1 Day Acuvue Moist

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Avoid sharing products and make-up tools

Do not share make-up tools and products with others, as this can transfer bacteria and lead to eye infections. This is particularly important whilst using products such as mascara as the brush directly touches the eyelash follicles.

If you’re having makeup applied or tested at a department store, the make-up artists should use disposable tools to apply the product, but if you’re unsure, it doesn’t hurt to ask.

Clean your make-up tools often

Make sure you thoroughly clean your make-up brushes at least once a week to prevent the build-up of dirt and bacteria. You can purchase specially formulated make-up tool cleaners that will clean your brushes of excess products, as well as disinfect them. You can also use a lightly formulated, fragrance-free soap to keep your brushes clean.

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Going for a whole new look to match your makeup this summer? Try our coloured contact lenses. We stock a brilliant range of coloured lenses that offer both a subtle and more vibrant appearance. For a noticeable but natural look, we consider FreshLook Colorblends.

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