Wearing Makeup With Contact Lenses

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Should I put on my makeup before or after I insert my soft contact lenses?

Wearing Makeup With Contact Lenses

Soft contact lenses should be inserted before applying makeup while hard contact lenses should be inserted after applying makeup. Another tip for wearing makeup with contact lenses is to avoid lash extending mascaras as well as water proof mascaras. Eyeliner should not be applied inside the lash line and only pressed powder eye shadows should be used. Even this should be used sparingly to avoid debris falling into the eye and damaging or staining the lens.

If you wear eye makeup frequently, read the labels of makeup brands carefully before buying. Many companies will identify certain products that were tested and approved for contact lens wearers.



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