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The Dos and Don’ts of Makeup

20 January 2016


While makeup, eye liner and mascara can make your eyes stand out and give you an entirely different look, there are also things that can make makeup risky for those that are not careful with their usage.

As well as the obvious genetic allergic reactions, there are also common dangers from both improper usage and application. If not used properly, or if not kept clean and sanitary, the makeup could cause irritation, infection, and in incredibly extreme circumstances, could impair your vision permanently.

Follow these tips and hints below to make sure that you keep your eyes safe, while looking good at the same time.


  • Keep makeup on too long – Just like most other consumable products, makeup has an expiration date, and if you keep them longer than around four months you may start to see bacteria and fungi developing. Avoid this by either using the makeup within the time frame, or replacing it as necessary.
  • Mix different cosmetics – Cosmetic products are created for certain parts of the skin, and to be applied in certain places. Some even contain chemicals that cannot – and should not – be mixed together.
  • Use dried out makeup – If you’re using dry mascara, throw it out. Moistening a dried out product with water, or saliva, may save you money in the short term, but the potential infections that can arise from that could cost you big in the long term – better to be safe than sorry.
  • Share your makeup – Sharing makeup is sharing bacteria, so once again it may be cheaper, and easier, to share makeup with friends or family, but once it starts being shared around near the eyes then that’s a sure-fire way to share conjunctivitis.
  • Get makeup in your eyes – It might be alright for fashion magazines to suggest putting eyeliner on the inside of your eyelids, but applying makeup to the inner eyelid can result in exterior germs getting into the cornea and permanently damaging your eyes. While it might look good, if you’re really skilled at following the magazines, once again is it worth it in the short-term to have long-term damage?
  • Use on irritated skin – This one can relate back to allergies, but some makeups can also just be damaging from the skin. If you’re getting rashes, or your eyes are starting to ache from makeup use, book an appointment with a doctor or an optometrist and make sure that you can either keep using the makeup that you’ve bought, or if you’re going to need to replace it.
  • Put on makeup and drive – This might be the most obvious one on the entire list, but if you’re rushing somewhere and need to put your makeup on, pullover and do it on the side of the road. This is less about eye safety and more about general safety, but slipping with a mascara wand could also cause serious damage to your cornea if you’re poking yourself and slipping around, and that’s before the obvious division of attention with your driving comes into play.


  • Clean your bags – Making sure your cosmetics bag doesn’t get dirty, or have a build-up of spillages, can go a long way to keeping your eyes free from germs and viral spread.
  • Keep your makeup cool – Room temperature makeup means that it will be working as intended. Leaving your cosmetics in a hot car or letting them overheat can be potentially damaging, and leave the makeup ruined and unusable.
  • Wash your hands – A basic health safety that’s been drummed into us all since we were children – washing your hands means that germs can’t get mixed into either the makeup itself, or your eyes, and this might be the other obvious suggestion on the list.
  • Put your contacts in first – To have a barrier between the cornea of your eye and the foreign materials that you’re putting on extremely close to the eye itself, contacts can be put in first. This can keep your eye safe if there’s a slip or if some of the makeup gets carried into the eye itself.
  • Wash your face – Always remove your makeup when you’re going to sleep, or if you don’t need to use it anymore. Sleeping in makeup, as well as being bad for your skin, can smudge and move it around as you sleep, increasing the risks that it’ll go into your eye, and may save you clean-up if you don’t smudge your makeup across the pillow late at night.

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