Eye shadow, liner and mascara are great ways to make your eyes pop, but they can also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Eye makeup expires just like food does. Liquid and creamy formulas harbor bacteria faster and more easily than powders. Minimize your chance of developing infections and problems that can seriously impact your vision by following these tips:
- Throw out anything you bought more than three months ago
- Store makeup in a cool, dry place – not in your steamy bathroom.
- Always wash your hands before applying eye makeup. Ensure your face and eyelids are clean, as well as your applicators and brushes.
- Never share makeup with a friend. And never try store testers, which can be contaminated; even fresh applicators can transfer bacteria.
- Don’t use dried-out mascara, and never moisten it with water or saliva. Replace it!
- Keep eye makeup outside the eye and above the lash line; don’t line the inner lid, where makeup can enter your eye or clog the oil glands of your upper and lower lids.
- Don’t use kohl eyeliners because they may contain dangerous levels of lead.
- Metallic, glittery and powder makeup can be especially problematic, flaking and irritating corneas and eyes, especially if your eyes are dry. It can also get between your contact lenses and eyes, which can scratch the cornea and become infected. This may cause a potentially blinding corneal ulcer.
- Don’t use permanent coloring or dyes on your eyelashes or eyebrows, which can permanently damage your eyes if used incorrectly.
- Always remove all makeup at night
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