Eye Makeup Do’s and Don’ts
Eye makeup can enhance the beauty of your eyes and make them the highlight of your face. From the basic kajal to eye pencils, eyeliners, mascara, colourful eyeshadow palettes, glitter eye makeup, eyeshadow primers, fake eyelashes and eyelash glue, there is a wide range of eye makeup products available nowadays.
However, when it comes to using eye makeup, proper care and caution is very important to prevent allergies and serious eye infections. Low quality or expired makeup products and improperly applied makeup pose a serious risk to your eyes. While most infections and allergies can be successfully treated with medication, more serious complications could impair vision.
Here are some guidelines for the use of eye make-up
- Wash your hands properly before applying make-up.
- Always use trusted cosmetic brands which are natural (which means fewer chemicals) and safe. Avoid using home-made cosmetics and products that contain untested or harmful chemicals.
- If you develop an allergic reaction such as pain, swelling, discharge or eye watering, to any cosmetic product, stop using the product. Rinse your eyes with water or use a lubricating drop to calm the eyes and consult a doctor immediately.
- Always follow instructions on the label and comply with the storage conditions, method and site of application,
- Keep a close watch on the expiry date of the eye makeup and discard the product when it expires. If the expiry date is mentioned only on the carton, mark or label the expiry date on the product.
- Replace all eye makeup after any eye infection. In case you used eye make-up when you had developed a discharge, pink eye or a corneal infection, your make-up has most likely been exposed to the infection as well, and you may re-infect your eyes.
- If you have sensitive skin, it’s a good idea to use Hypo-allergenic cosmetic products.
- Ensure tight closure of the makeup containers to avoid contamination and growth of bacteria and other organisms.
- Always apply makeup outside the lash line, away from the eye. Oil glands are present in the upper and lower eyelids that secrete oil to protect the eye’s surface. Application of make up over these glands can block them and induce infections.
- Clean your eye makeup brushes and sponges regularly. A combination of makeup pigments, oil from your skin and dead skin cells can create a breeding ground for bacteria on makeup brushes.
- Avoid sharing your eye makeup with others to maintain good hygiene and avoid the risk of infection.
- DO not apply eye makeup in a moving vehicle as you may injure your eye during sudden stops.
- Avoid using a sharp object to spread the mascara on your eyelashes.
- Do not use eye makeup if your eyes or area around your eyes have any irritation or redness.
- Though tempting, metallic/glitter, powder or other makeup that flakes should be avoided as much as possible. Glitter particles can get into the tear film and increase irritation and watering of eyes. It can also cause infection in contact lens users.
- Kohl, which is traditionally used in India, should not be applied inside the eye as it may contain dangerous levels of lead and can lead to lead poisoning.
- Products which permanently dye or tint eyelashes/eye brows should be avoided.
- Do not go to sleep without removing your eye makeup. Cosmetics can irritate your eyes and affect your vision, so it’s important to thoroughly remove eye makeup before going to bed. Be gentle when you remove your eye makeup as the eyes and skin surrounding them are very sensitive and avoid getting eye makeup remover in your eyes.