Mastering eye makeup can be quite a daunting task. Ask any woman standing in front of the mirror trying to get an evenly winged liner on both sides! Unfortunately, if you wear contact lenses, this can be an added nightmare if not done right. But if you are willing to play it by our tips and hacks, eye makeup can be the cherry on top of the perfect look for a romantic date or just a zoom call with besties!
Contact Lens Wear: Follow Two A T!
1. Wash Your Hands
Pandemic or otherwise, wash your hands before handling anything that goes inside your body. Dirt, dust, viruses, cooking ingredients, anything on your fingers can transfer onto the lenses and then into your eyes, so it’s important to keep your hands squeaky clean. Dry your fingers with a lint-free cloth to avoid fiber from the fabric sticking to your fingertips and eventually entering the eye which can cause irritation.
2. Put Your Contacts In
Keep in mind to always wear your contact lenses before applying makeup or moisturizer. Doing so will prevent the lens from getting dirty and makeup from smudging your finger or eye. Once both lenses are carefully placed in, you can move on to your favorite step – applying makeup!
The Right Eye Makeup And Accessories
If you plan on wearing makeup, use eye makeup and mascara labeled hypoallergenic and oil-free to avoid any allergic reactions or irritations in the eye.
Fingers are a big no-no when it comes to applying makeup on your eyelids. Always use brushes, these will put less pressure on the sensitive skin around the eyes. Since makeup brushes come in varying shapes and sizes, you have more control over the application of makeup, preventing any mishap.
Ensure you use only the best quality brushes to avoid the bristles from falling into your eyes and your lenses. Wash and dry your brushes regularly to protect them from bacterial buildup.
The golden rule of good eye makeup is to first apply a primer. Had no idea about this? Well, it’s true! This helps to keep eyeshadows and liners in place.
If you love eyeshadow as much as we do, we recommend using water-based cream eye shadows instead of powdered shadows for minimal flaking and eye irritation. However, if you feel more comfortable using powdered eye shadows, mix them with little water to help them adhere to your eyelids better.
Where words are restrained, the eyes often express a great deal. This makes the eyeliner an important accessory in your kitty. Though it is common to use eyeliner on the waterline, it is not ideal if you wear contact lenses as the product tends to fall on the lens, blocking the oil glands of the eyelids and drying up the eye. We recommend pencil eyeliners over gel or cream liners because they dry easily and don’t flake into the eye.
Men and women all over the world have worn kohl on various occasions and rocked the look. However, when you are wearing lenses, it’s best to avoid tight-lining and applying kohl on the waterline as it could leave a black smear on the lens, causing blurred vision, irritation, and watery eyes. Stick to kohl on the upper lash line instead.
Mascara flakes in your eyes can be quite irritating whether you are or aren’t wearing contacts. Isn’t it? We suggest avoiding mascara with fiber when you are wearing contacts as the mascara can damage the lenses and eventually your eyes!
If you really can’t do without mascara, then keep in mind to not apply it too close to the root of your lashes and avoid clumps, which can flake off into your eyes. Contemplating ditching the mascara altogether and getting eyelashes that are permanently dyed? Think again, dye often contains ingredients such as coal, tar, ammonia and hydrogen peroxide that can cause allergic reactions on the skin and chemical burns in the eye.
7. Setting Powder
We recommend you choose a cream-based product for the finishing touch since it blends well right next to your eyes. If you prefer powder over cream, then choose a good pressed powder over loose as that is less likely to get into your eyes.
Eye Makeup Tips For Colored Lens Wearers
The best part about colored contact lenses is that they are not permanent. You can wear them daily or switch between your regular and colored contacts for special occasions like date and movie nights, or just because it is Thursday!
Remember that color wheel from elementary school? Well, it’s a perfect chart to help you decide the right makeup to match your colored contact lenses. While there’s nothing wrong with matching your color contacts to makeup, it’s all about getting experimental! Create amazing contrasts that will make your eye color pop.
How Does The Color Wheel Work?
The colors on the wheel are aligned in a manner to complement the colors placed on the opposite side. To elaborate, if you are wearing blue contacts, the complementary color will be orange. But if you aren’t a fan of bold eyeshadows, choose close matches like copper, gold or tan.
The same holds true with eyeliners, black eyeliner can be a little unsettling if your contacts are light blue. Instead, a brown liner will define your eyes and create a seamless transition. Take into account the concept of warm and cool shades too. Warm colored eyes match well with makeup in cool tints and vice versa.
Want help finding the perfect contact lens? Experts at Lenskart are happy to assist!
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The chances of allergies caused due to makeup or dirt build-up can be avoided with disposable lenses. The best part? You can wear a fresh pair of contact lenses each day, free from any dirt or impurities, thus eliminating the chance of infection. Not sure where to find the perfect pair of colored lenses for your eyes? Check out our Aquacolor Daily Disposable Fierce Green Contact Lenses for eyes that are fierce yet flirty!
Mocha, chocolatey and bright, the eye-grabbing Aquacolor Caramel Brown Daily Disposable Color Contact Lens is available at Lenskart with advanced UV blockage and 10 to 12 hours of wearability.
So, what are you waiting for? Christmas? Take out that color wheel and play with eye makeup looks and colored lens Trust us, it’ll make heads turn a good 360 degrees!
Makeup Removal Made Easy!
However tired you may be, removing your makeup before going to bed is absolutely non-negotiable! Also, you don’t want to wake up looking like a raccoon, do you? Plus, this practice stops bacterial and oil buildup overnight that can cause acne; it also prevents makeup from getting into your eyes and causing infections. Use an oil and fragrance-free makeup remover, and if you find one that is water-based and gentle on your skin, you have found the stairway to heaven!
Ask any woman and she will stand testament to the fact that eye makeup can be the most difficult to remove. And for those wearing contacts, wiping makeup off your eyes before taking out the contacts could get makeup in your eyes and damage your lenses. Hence, remember to remove your contact lenses and place them into the lens case with a fresh comfort solution like Aqualens Comfort Solution, before removing your makeup. Once the lens is safe in its case, use soft pads as opposed to the fibrous cotton balls to gently, but effectively remove the makeup.
In case you accidentally get makeup on your lens that is not disposable, fret not! Clean the stained lens with the comfort solution meticulously, ensuring you do not damage the lens before putting it back into the case until the next use.
While these eye makeup tips may seem simple, it is easy to forget. So, the next time you apply or remove makeup, keep these tips in mind so you can have clean, healthy eyes for years to come!