Have you ever wondered how beauty savants over the ‘Gram manage to pull off glamorous eye makeup so effortlessly? Yes, of course, the credit goes to their impeccable makeup skills. But, their go-to secret ingredient to sauce up any kind of makeup look is none other than the coloured lenses. It’s legit the MVP of their beauty arsenal that helps accentuate the eyes and give their beauty look an extra edge. That said, anyone who has tried their hand with the stuff knows it can be a tricky product to execute sans mess. Coloured lenses might present a bit of a beauty conundrum because they can get easily irritated with makeup.
How many of you have ended with a speck of eyeshadow lodged underneath your lens? Or dirtied your contacts so much that you had to prematurely open a new pack? Same, pal, same. As switching up your eye colour is in vogue a little too vividly, today, we are listing down some fail-safe hacks to wear makeup without irritating your lens-covered eyes.
Here’s the thing: you should insert your contact before you do anything like putting on moisturiser or makeup. Why? Because anything that’s left on your fingers can easily transfer onto the lenses, so you want to make sure your hands are squeaky clean and 100% dry, too. Tap water has the potential to contain parasites that can be dangerous to the eyes. Hence, it’s better to not let your contact lens case come into contact with water.
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When wearing contact lenses, it’s better to stick to oil-free products. The oils found in creams and eye shadows can sometimes work their way through the natural contours of your face and eyes and can lead to irritation. As oil and water won’t mix and your lens will attract the oil which won’t hurt your eyes but cloudy lenses will make seeing difficult.
Staying away from the lid ledge is crucial when applying makeup. What is the lid ledge? It’s the part of the lid that touches the surface of our eyeballs and it’s where the oil glands of the eyes open up. If you block these glands with makeup, it might lead to dirty lenses, dry eyes, and even sties. So it’s best to keep tightlining to a minimum.
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Remember how Chandler Bing was freakishly bothered by the mascara goop in the corner of Joanna’s eyes. Well, no one likes clumpy mascaras, especially when you wear contacts. Excess particles and clumps can fall into the eyes and become trapped underneath the lenses making it very uncomfortable. Likewise, mascaras with fibers can also irritate the eyes. So we suggest sticking to traditional volumizing and lengthening mascaras and not the ones with fiber particles.
If dry, red, itchy eyes are your major bugbears, it’s better to invest in dailies. Even though they are a tad more expensive, they are worth the splurge especially if you have sensitive eyes that’s prone to infection. A fresh, makeup- and residue-free pair every morning will prevent potential risks.
If you are not up with the idea of dailies, two-week lenses are the next big thing. But you have to be sure to care for them properly. Make sure you clean your lens everyday with the multipurpose solution, rinse it properly for 10 to 15 seconds and use the same solution to clean your case. You’d be surprised that cases are the most common cause of eye infections.
Lid wipes are actually great to get rid of all the makeup residue so that your lids wouldn’t get irritated. The best bits? Since they are designed for cleaning around the lids and lashes, it’s a great way to take off makeup as well.
We hope you took notes!
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