Essential eye care when applying makeup

While applying makeup is an automatic part of the daily routine for many people, it carries some risks to eye health that are rarely talked about. Thankfully these dangers can be easily avoided providing you are aware of them. So, it’s time to stop dismissing the hazards of bad makeup practice and start spreading the word for quality products, technique, and hygiene. Here are some essential tips.


Always apply in suitable conditions – This is pretty much common sense, but it’s easy to throw caution to the wind if you’re perhaps pushed for time. Applying makeup whilst moving, either due to flitting about your room as you rush to get ready or when in a vehicle, can be very dangerous. The same goes for applying in environments with poor lighting. These conditions raise the chances of you slipping with your hand and scratching your cornea, the outer layer of your eye. Scratches from your eyeliner or mascara applicator can lead to serious infections.


Keep makeup clean and don’t share – This is one situation where it really isn’t a good idea to share with your friends. Sharing can spread bacteria which in turn can infect your eye in the form of conjunctivitis, or ‘pink eye’. While a lot of makeup products contain preservatives, this doesn’t stop the growth of bacteria in them once they’ve been opened. With your personal kit, make sure you wash brushes and curlers regularly to prevent dirt build-up, and conceal products properly after use. Makeup should also be replaced every 3-4 months. Never use it once it is past its sell-by date.


Remember to remove makeup at night – You may have invested some serious time getting the perfect look at the start of the day, but no matter how long you spent you mustn’t leave it on overnight. Even the smallest of particles that may creep into the corner of your eye during sleep can lead to nasty infections. Your eyes are extremely sensitive and above all else your lids and lashes need to be washed at the end of the day, with or without makeup, to prevent the build-up of oil and bacteria. Use antiseptic wipes and take care when removing, you don’t want to defeat the object by smudging makeup into your eye.


Test new products and be wary of allergies – If you’re on the hunt for a new brand or style, always make sure you check the label for allergy advice before buying. Reactions can cause swelling, redness, irritation, and complicated infections. You should test all cosmetic products before using them. Apply a small amount on a discrete patch of skin, such as behind your ear or on the back of your neck. Then, wait 24 hours for any signs of irritation or redness. Remember, makeup contains bleaching agents and chemicals that can affect all skin types.


If you would like to find out more or are concerned with an aspect of your own eye health, talk to a doctor or eye care specialist for further information and advice. At Leightons our expert opticians can provide personalised treatment and recommendations to anyone with concerns regarding eye and ear care. Get in touch today to book an appointment at your local branch.


This post was a sponsored post in collaboration with Leightons.

  • I’m so bad at leaving mascara on before going to bed. Now I have Eleanor its all I bother wearing most days and I’m rubbish at removing it. I don’t know why I even bother with mascara though as my glasses hide my eyes anyway.

    I’ve never even thought to test make up before using it properly! I don’t seem to react to anything but it just never crossed my mind. I always test new things on Eleanor though.

    Debbie x