9 Ways to Make Sure Your Makeup Doesn’t Hurt Your Eyes
Have you ever been swiping on your favorite mascara or eyeliner only to find your eyes tearing up or itching?
This is more common than you might think.
Maybe it happens as soon as the product goes on, or maybe it happens later in the day. You’re left with sore eyes and smudged makeup all over your face.
You deserve better than that. And some eye makeup safety tips can help!
Makeup is not meant to harm or irritate your skin. So if it is causing any irritation, that means something’s not right, and it’s time to figure out what that is. You’re one article away from a glorious, pain-free beauty routine.
Let’s dive in and find out what’s irritating your eyes, and how to make sure your makeup doesn’t hurt your eyes again.
Why do my eyes hurt when I put on makeup?
There are a few common things that could be irritating your eyes and making them water:
- Dry eyes
- An eye infection
- Eye makeup irritating your eyes
If watery eyes are something that happens to you often, we recommend visiting an optometrist to check if everything's okay with your eye health. Let them know the symptoms you’re experiencing, and ask them for their recommendations for treatment.
If you get the all-clear from the optometrist, the next step is to focus on the makeup you’re using around the eye area.
Here’s how to make sure your makeup doesn’t hurt your eyes.
Pay attention to ingredients you’re allergic to
When you’re using makeup so close to your eyes, it’s always advised to test out a new product on a small area of skin before applying it liberally. You never know how your eyes may react to something new.
Plus, if you know you have particularly sensitive eyes or wear contact lenses, it’s important to be extra careful.
Figuring out the specific ingredients you’re allergic to can be tricky when there are often 20+ different ingredients in any one product. But if you do notice a bad reaction to a particular product, make a note of it and immediately stop using the product.
Check the expiry date of your products
Far too many women are using out-of-date products without even realizing it.
When was the last time you cleared out your makeup collection?
Most products will have a recommended expiry date written on them that will be a number followed by the letter M, such as “12M”.
This means it’s recommended that you keep the product for a maximum of 12 months after opening.
When it comes to eye products, expiry dates are usually shorter.
For example, you should replace most mascara tubes every 3-6 months to avoid a build-up of bacteria and prevent eye infections.
If an expired product is still half-full, there’s no need to feel bad about throwing it away—your eye health is far more important!
Never share makeup
Maybe your mother told you this when you were younger and first learning about makeup. But in case you didn’t get that memo, we’re reminding you now!
Sharing things like mascara wands and eye pencils with your besties might seem innocent and harmless, but you have no idea what you’re potentially transferring to each other’s eyes!
Avoid this at all costs! If your BFF takes offense, explain to her the dangers of makeup sharing. She’ll understand.
Make sure your brushes are clean
When was the last time you cleaned your makeup brushes?
All beauty experts will tell you that this should be happening on the regular.
Because they gather so much dirt and bacteria every time you use them to apply makeup to your skin. You’re then potentially spreading that bacteria onto your eyelids and eyelashes. If possible, give your brushes a clean at least once a week.
Clean your face before application
Do you cleanse your face in the morning, or do you skip this step and go right to applying makeup?
Washing your face can keep eye infections at bay by keeping oil glands of the upper and lower lashes from becoming blocked.
This is such a simple, easy step to incorporate into your routine. You can wash your face when you’re in the shower if that’s a part of your morning routine, or do it at the sink after brushing your teeth.
Avoid lining your waterline and lower lashes
Your eyes might be tearing when wearing makeup because you’re applying it in places you should steer clear of.
Putting eyeliner in that spot between the lashes and eyeball is a no-no. You have glands here that produce oil which keeps the tears on the surface of your eyes from evaporating.
Makeup placed in this spot can end up washing into the eye and clogging those glands.
Dry eyes or tears streaming down your face. No thank you! As a general rule, avoid putting makeup too close to your eye because it’s such a sensitive area.
Swap false lashes for mascara
False lashes might seem harmless, but there are risks involved.
First, the glue can enter your eye and cause infections and abrasions which can lead to scars and even permanent damage.
Second, artificially long lashes can actually act as a wind tunnel and attract more air and dirt particles into the eye. This will leave your eyes dirtier and drier than usual.
Be sure to remove your makeup every night
The final step when it comes to eye makeup safety is to make sure you religiously remove all your makeup every night—no exceptions!
When you’re asleep, any makeup left on your face can easily work its way into your eyes and cause irritation and damage.
Wipes alone don’t tend to thoroughly remove makeup and can end up just smudging it around your face. We recommend using a cotton pad and some micellar water to gently remove makeup. Be extra gentle when it comes to the eye area as this skin is quite delicate.
The best makeup for sensitive eyes
The best makeup choice for sensitive eyes is to use hypoallergenic makeup. This is also best for anyone who regularly wears contact lenses.
Many leading cosmetic brands still use harsh chemicals and ingredients in their products that are not ophthalmologically tested.
Continuing to use products like this is bound to irritate already sensitive skin and leave your eyes tearing up when wearing makeup.
If you’re looking to switch to a gentler mascara formula, why not try our Cabaret Première mascara?
This everyday classic mascara provides defined and voluminous lashes with just one coat. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free, like all the products here at Vivienne Sabó!
Make the effort to take care of your beautiful eyes!
We hope this has helped you understand why makeup might be hurting your eyes, plus how to banish irritation for good.
Remember, your health is important, so take all the steps you can to look after yourself.
Follow these eye makeup best practices and say hello to tear-free eyes and zero smudging!