Makeup Dos and Don’ts with Contacts

Posted by CooperVision on Friday, May 11, 2012

Makeup and contact lenses can be a challenging combination, but with the right precautions, contact lens wearers can look and feel great. While we have covered this topic of makeup and contact lenses before, here are some fresh tips on what to do and not to do when dealing with makeup and contact lenses:


  • Wash your hands before you handle contact lenses.
  • Insert contact lenses before putting on your makeup in order to avoid transferring any oils, creams, makeup or lotions to the lenses.
  • Use hypoallergenic makeup or oil free makeup. Some brands even label if a product is contact lens friendly.
  • Gently apply eye makeup so that you don’t move your lenses too much.
  • Consider using waterproof eye makeup to prevent smudging or flaking.
  • Apply powder makeup carefully with eyes closed if possible to prevent flecks of makeup from getting on lenses.


  • Apply makeup if your eyes are red, swollen or painful.
  • Wear lash building mascara because it tends to flake easily.
  • Wear mascara starting at the base of your eyelashes. Try applying from the midpoint of your lashes to the ends.
  • Tightline (apply eyeliner in the waterline of your eyes).
  • Wear contact lenses in salons. Fumes can damage contact lenses.
  • Share makeup.
  • Use eyelash cement, hairspray, perfume, or nail polish remover near your lenses. They can damage them.

Used properly, makeup can safely enhance the beauty of your eyes. However, if you do run into any problems with your vision or your contact lenses, make sure to remove them immediately and contact an eye care professional

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