Safety should always be a part of your daily makeup routine. Incorrect use of eye makeup can cause irritation, infection and other problems that may require a visit to an eye doctor. The Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children shares the following eye makeup tips:
Don’t Keep Mascara or Eyeliner for Too Long
Mascara and eyeliner is expected to last about three months or so after you crack the seal open. Keep it longer and there’s a good chance of bacterial and/or fungal contamination, which could cause an eye infection if used. If you don’t use mascara and eyeliner as often, mark the container with the date when you opened it.
Don’t Share Eye Makeup
Sharing pressed powder is one thing, but using someone else’s eye makeup (or sharing your own) puts you at risk of an eye infection. The same can be said for sharing eyewear. Whether they’re sunglasses or prescription eyewear from your optometrist, bacterial transfer may happen, which could cause pink eye or similar types of infections.
Check the Ingredients
Specifically, beware of products that contain kohl, which is typically found in mascara. Traditional kohl is made by grinding lead sulfide, which can cause lead poisoning. Since the 1990s, the makeup industry has been trying to eliminate lead in kohl by using carbon-based ingredients, but better to play it safe and check the packaging before you buy it.
Stop Using Glitter
While glitter is a fun accessory, it is one of the most common causes of corneal irritation and infection. If you have to use glitter on occasion, make sure you’re not going to wear it for long, and clean your eyes under running water before going to bed.
Mind the Temperature
A warm, enclosed space is the perfect environment for bacterial growth. Make it a point not to leave your makeup bag in the car or in similarly warm places.