I am a contact lens wearer, I don’t wear them everyday but they work better for me on days I want to get all dolled up, it’s a bit hard for me to apply eye makeup without my glasses. After talking to a fellow Beauty Bulletin member over the weekend, I decided to look up some makeup that are best to wear when using your lenses.
I typed the words “eyeshadow for contact lens wearers” and “list of makeup brands for contact lens wearers” into google search without much success. Yes I know, hypoallergenic makeup is best, but searching for a list of brand names was mostly fruitless, so I decided to do a little brand and a tips list for my fellow contact lens wearers. It took me a while to search for brands that are hypoallergenic and was surprised to find that some high end brands are not.
List of known brands that have hypoallergenic products:
Always make double sure by checking the packaging, some brands may have some products that are hypoallergenic and some that are not!
Tips for using makeup when wearing contact lenses
- Put your contact lenses in before applying your makeup, I find the best way for me is to wash my face, put in my contacts and then applying my toner, moisturizer and from there my makeup.
- Remove your contacts before removing your makeup.
- When applying eyeliner to your top lash line, apply it above your lashes.
- When applying eyeliner to your lower lash line, try and avoid your inner lash line.
- When applying your mascara try to start a little bit away from where your lashes start.
- When removing your makeup remove your contact lenses first.
- If you are having a hard time finding hypoallergenic eyeshadows, try and use shadows that are oil and fragrance free, they will be less likely to irritate your eyes. Cream shadows also work nice.
- Use a primer, it will help the makeup stick to your lids and not fall down into your eyes
- Use water based foundations.
- Try and avoid mascaras with lash building fibers, opt for long wear and water resistant mascaras, they don’t go flaky and end up in your eyes.
- Keep your eyes closed when applying powder and opt for pressed powder over lose powder.
- Don’t wear false lashes while wearing contact lenses – I’m upset about this one *snif* if I use them with my glasses they will sweep against the inside.
- Use good quality makeup brushes, bad quality brushes might have lose fibers than can fall into your eyes