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Can Makeup Impact Your Eyesight?

We have been using makeup for decades but have you ever wondered if it could affect your eyesight?

In many ways makeup is safe but there is also dangers using makeup near your eyes. Years ago makeup was a concern due to the disturbing amount of lead based powders. Now days you don’t really have to worry about that but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about what you put on or near your eyes.

Cosmetics with the highest risk of causing problems with your eyes are: mascara, waterline eyeliner, eyeliner pencils, false eyelashes, and eyelash extensions. These can all increase your chances of getting an eye infection or having other eye related problems.

There are things you need to remember when using makeup. When you use dry makeup you need to try to make sure it doesn’t fall in your eyes as it can cause serious irritation or even an eye infection. Also, one little slip of an eyeliner pencil or a mascara wand you can end up scratching your cornea. It is very important that if any of this happens to you that your care for your eye properly.

With all of this being said it doesn’t mean you have to give up makeup altogether, it just means you need to be careful while applying and wearing makeup.


Here are some tips to help you keep your eyes healthy all while still wearing looking and feeling your best:

Throw out the Old and Bring in the New

Remember to check your expiration dates on all of your makeup not just your eye makeup! If you can’t find an expiration date but you know it might be close to a year old then it’s time to toss it and get NEW. Also, mascara should be replaced every 3 months or as soon as you notice that it is drying up.

Don’t Share

Keep your makeup to yourself! It doesn’t matter how close you are to your family or friends, don’t share your makeup with them. If you decide to share with them you are taking a chance of sharing your bacteria with each other which can cause many problems.

Don’t use Products on the Inside of Your Eyes

Placing eyeliner on the inside of your eyelid can be extremely dangerous! The eyeliner can get inside your eye which could cause infections in your eyes.

Clean Brushes

Always make sure to clean your makeup brushes!


So, to sum it up, if you end up with makeup in your eye make sure to rinse your eye properly. If you feel that your eye is irritated or that you have scratched your eye you should call your optometrist immediately.