Essential Tips for Wearing Contacts with Makeup

Contact lenses can be a game-changer for those who need vision correction but still want to experiment with makeup. Here’s how you can rock your favorite looks effortlessly.


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Start with Clean Hands and Lenses

Always insert your contacts before applying makeup to avoid getting makeup on your lenses. Before diving into makeup application, always wash your hands thoroughly and ensure your contact lenses are clean and well-positioned.

Choose Eye-Friendly Products

Opt for oil-free and fragrance-free makeup products to minimize irritation and ensure compatibility with your contact lenses. Water-based formulas are generally safer and less likely to cause lens deposits.

Eyeliner and Mascara

When applying eyeliner, aim for a precise line away from the lash line to avoid touching the lens. Waterproof mascaras are preferable to reduce flaking and smudging, which can irritate your eyes.

Eyeshadow Application

For eyeshadow, powder formulas are generally safer than cream or gel products, as they are less likely to migrate into the eyes. Avoid applying eyeshadow directly on the crease of the eyelid to prevent contact with the lenses.


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Blush and Foundation

Use caution when applying foundation and blush near your eyes. Keep these products on the outer edges of your face to minimize the risk of particles getting into your eyes and onto your lenses.

Removing Makeup

Remove your contact lenses last to avoid getting makeup on your lenses. Thoroughly remove your makeup at the end of the day before touching your contacts. Use a gentle, oil-free makeup remover and follow up with a mild cleanser to ensure your skin and eyes stay healthy.

Handling Irritation

If you experience any discomfort or irritation while wearing makeup with contacts, remove your lenses immediately and rinse your eyes with saline solution. Consult your eye care professional if symptoms persist.


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Final Tips

Avoid using overly glittery or chunky eyeshadows that may flake into your eyes. Remember to replace your makeup products regularly to prevent bacterial growth and contamination. By following these simple tips, you can confidently wear makeup with your contact lenses.

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Ivan Yong

Dr. Ivan Yong is an optometrist with over 12 years of experience in the optical industry. He earned his doctorate from the Southern California College of Optometry and has practiced in multiple settings, including private practice, community health, and ophthalmology. Dr. Yong aims to expand access to affordable eyewear and improve eye health worldwide.