A woman applying makeup.

Eye makeup is a great way to play up your greatest asset: your eyes! Make sure that you are smart about your eye makeup and you can ensure that your eyes not only look great, but they are healthy too. Here are some helpful reminders about keeping your eye makeup safe:

Keep It Clean: Old makeup can harbor harmful bacteria or fungi that can cause eye infections. Make sure to throw away old makeup and clean any makeup brushes on a regular basis.


Never Share: This is the one time that sharing is not caring. Sharing your eye makeup can cause contamination of your makeup with bacteria or fungi. Never use testers on makeup counters because the risk of contamination is very high. If you are tempted to try out makeup in the store, use single use applicators and always make sure the tester is wiped clean.

Avoid Kohl: Kohl, also known as al-kahl, kajal, or surma, is used in some parts of the world to enhance the appearance of the eyes. However, according to the FDA, kohl is unapproved for cosmetic use in the United States. Kohl consists of salts of heavy metals, such as antimony and lead. According to the CDC, contact with any amount of lead is dangerous.

Keep Steady: Applying and removing eye makeup with a steady hand is important. Attempting to apply eye makeup in a moving vehicle can cause you to risk injuring your eye if you come across a bump or the vehicle comes to a sudden stop.

Finally, if you are having a bad reaction to any eye makeup, remove the makeup and contact your eye doctor immediately. We hope that these tips help you to not only look good, but have healthy eyes too!



Nothing in this blog post is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.
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