The first and most important rule is that eye
make up should be applied after your lenses are already
in. Otherwise mascara and eye shadow particles
can get under the lens, creating discomfort.
However, you should remove make up after your take your
You eye shadows shouldn’t be too soft, so they
don’t brush into your eyes during the day. Using
mascara, which is too wet, also isn’t recommended.
It is best to use water-based mascara. Some brand name
mascaras are marked “safe for contact lens wearers”.
Using this type of mascara is best.
You should be particularly careful when selecting mascara
that makes your eye lashes look longer. If the mascara
is of a low quality, half of it will brash off by the
end of the day and end up under your contact lenses
Some of the face creams and make up removers can also
negatively affect your contact lenses,
so it is best to use them when your lenses are not in
your eyes. If you have to take of your make up while wearing
lenses, it is best to use special tissues for removing
Extended wear contact lenses and make up
Women who wear extended
wear contacts (lenses that you can wear for several
days in a row, like Focus Night and Day) should be particularly
careful, when applying and removing make-up. If you wear
heavy make up every day, it is inevitable that some of
it will get to your lenses.
If your extended wear contacts don’t feel so comfortable
after several days, you can take them off and clean them
in multipurpose solution. Ideally women who wear make
up should replace their extended wear lenses more often
(every 1-2 weeks) if you can afford it.
Another suggestion is to switch to daily
disposable lenses. This way even if some of your mascara
brushes unto your lenses, it is no tragedy. Next morning
you will wear fresh lenses anyway.
Mascaras that are safe for contact lens wearers
Here we list some high quality brand name mascaras that
are approved and recommended for contact lens wearers.