Many people use make-up daily, and we know to avoid harmful products around our eyes but could the way we are applying our eye make-up be causing dry eye problems or irritation?
With the increase in online make-up tutorials many of us have probably seen a video or two on how to apply eyeliner or how to achieve the perfect smokey eye look. However, as much as eye make-up can enhance the way our eyes look, it can also harm our eye health if applied improperly.
One important rule to remember for eyeliner is to avoid makeup near the lid margins which is the part of the eyelid that touches the surface of your eye. We also have the openings of the oil glands in the eyelids are located within the eyelid margin. If you block these glands with makeup, it can lead to dry eyes as these glands get plugged, dirty contact lenses, and even styes. A good rule of thumb is not to tightline or put makeup on the waterline (the rim of the upper or lower eyelid between the lashes and the eye). You want to have your eyelashes between your makeup and your eyeball to give your glands some room to breathe. Always apply eye makeup on the outer part of your eyelids.
As Optometrists, we believe it’s important to educate and increase awareness on choosing safe eye makeup products and practicing a safe and healthy makeup routine. After all, the placement of these products directly on and in the eye can affect our eye health and vision. If your wanting to learn more, book in for a complimentary cosmetics and skincare consultation.