Top Five Healthy Makeup Habits for Healthy Eyes

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Makeup is part of many women’s everyday routine. Without realizing it, your beauty regimen could be putting your eye health in danger. Healthy eyes are pretty eyes, follow the tips below to ensure your eyes stay healthy while wearing your favorite shade!

1. Time for new makeup.

This could be fun if you want to revamp your makeup supply. You should replace your makeup (especially eye makeup) every three months to avoid infections. Bacteria can easily grow in liquid makeup, and if you do develop an eye infection you will need to replace your makeup even before three months to keep your eyes in the best health.

2. Get your own.

Sharing makeup is one of the riskiest practices for your eyes. Sharing makeup with your friends can spread bacteria, and so can sampling new products. Instead, take your friends recommendation on their favorite mascara and get your own!

3. Go matte.

Glitter from your eye makeup can get into your eyes causing irritation, and even possibly infections. Skip the glitter and try a matte look, especially if you rub your eyes.

4. Avoid the waterline.

Placing eyeliner on the inner rims of your upper or lower eyelid, or water lining, is dangerous for your eye health. It can cause blockages in your meibomian glands, which are essential in preventing dry eye syndrome. In addition to dry eye syndrome, you can get infections more easily if those glands become clogged.

5. Wash it off.

It can be hard to remember to remove your eye makeup before bed when you are tired, but leaving eye makeup on overnight can lead to irritation and infections. Not only should you wash it off, but make sure it is removed completely. Getting a quality eye makeup remover is important for optimal eye health.


Get LASIK! If you are currently wearing glasses or contacts, getting LASIK can make your makeup application easier and safer. One of the most common eye injuries involving makeup is stabbing your eye with a mascara wand. With LASIK, you will be able to see clearly while you put your makeup on and can avoid this common and painful injury. Even better, you won’t have to worry about inserting and removing your contacts and messing up your makeup, or your eyelashes hitting your glasses lenses. If you are interested in making your makeup application easier and safer, click here to schedule a free LASIK evaluation today.

These tips can help you avoid infection and keep your eyes looking fierce! Leave a comment with any of your own tips for keeping your eyes healthy while wearing makeup.

Dr. Ralph Chu LASIK surgeon Minneapolis Ophthalmologists

Board-certified ophthalmologist Dr. Ralph Chu is a fellowship-trained corneal specialist and a nationally recognized leader in refractive and cataract procedures. His specialty areas include cataract, LASIK, cornea, and minimally invasive glaucoma surgeries for patients in the Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Twin Cities areas.

Posted on October 12, 2022

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