We all love to get dressed and primped up in our daily lives.
But, it comes with a price as we have to keep certain things in
mind to avoid skin infections and breakouts. Eye make-up adds
the much-needed drama to our looks but special care should be
taken when it comes to eyes as the skin near the eyes is fragile
and susceptible to infections that could lead to major
complications. Here is a list of a few make up safety tips to
keep in mind while doing up your eyes.
Look for signs: When make-up products start getting stale and old, they
give off bad smell and become clumped up or dry. Always check
for these signs and dispose off the products that are no
longer suitable for use.
Read the packaging: There is a reason behind all the text in different
languages printed on the packaging. It is done simply to make
the users aware of the ingredients, dates and other terms and
direction of use. Always check the manufacturing dates and
expiry dates before using a product. Make sure to follow the
directions of use to avoid any unwanted blunders.
Water isn’t the solution:Never use dried out mascara or eyeliner as it is a sign of
expiry. Also, using dried out eyeliner pencil can scratch the
delicate skin near the eyes. Never try to moisten and damp the
eye make-up products with water or saliva. Although lens
solution can be used to make your clumpy mascara become smooth
for the application.
Sharing is not caring: Don’t stick to the proverb ‘sharing is
caring’ when it comes to make-up products. Always use
your own personal items to avoid all kinds of bacterial
Make a mental checklist: Always remove all of your eye makeup with
a makeup remover that is meant for the eyes before
hitting the sack. Keep the lids of all the containers tightly
packed to avoid contact with air and external microbes. Avoid
scrubbing your eyes with soap as it can irritate the eyes. Use
coconut, olive or baby oil instead and gently dab the area
with a cotton swab to remove the pigments.
Temperature check: Store your makeup in cool, dry places to increase their
longevity and shelf life. Hot and humid conditions can
deteriorate the quality and affect the product.
Things to avoid: There are varied kinds of products for eye make-up. One
should try and stick to products that are not shiny, glittery
or iridescent as the minute glitter particles can get inside
the eyes and irritate the eyes and make it watery. Also, try
and avoid kohl eyeliners as they contain dangerous levels of
lead. If you wish to use kohl, then go for natural ones made
out of almonds.
On your mark: The trend of ‘eyebrows on fleek’ is
on the rise, but that doesn’t give you the license to
get them filled with permanent ink. Getting your eyelashes,
and eyebrows inked is a strict no-no as the inks and pigments
are exceedingly risky and cause serious issues. When you are
applying eyeliner, make sure to avoid the water line and
inside of your lash line as it can sometimes cause infections.
Avoid the glue: it is better advised to not use adhesives and glues for
sticking false eyelashes. Skip this part of your makeup
routine as it can gravely damage your eyes. Never forget to
wash your applicators if they are washable and toss away old
applicators every now and then.
Go organic: Practice ‘going green’ in every facet of
your life. Opt for organic products as they are not only
eco-friendly but also good for your skin and eyes as they
are much safer than their non-organic, chemically prepared
The gift of sight is a gift to cherish. Eye make-up should add
drama to your lives and not add a dramatic twist to it. Be wise
and choose safely. Try to stick to organic products and avoid
harsh chemical contact. Kohls and eyeliners can never take the
place of your beautiful eyes. *The views expressed here are solely
those of the author in his private capacity and do not in any way
represent the views of Centre for Sight.