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We are so carried away in the glamour world, that we tend to forget eye makeup safety is just as important.

In a world where eye makeup is a daily routine like brushing your teeth, it is important to know how to prevent eye infections and stay safe. We’re happy to know modern make-up companies are free from harmful ingredients like lead, arsenic, and mercury, but, still, it’s not 100% safe to have around your eyes. The old saying might be “beauty is pain”, but as eye health professionals, we must draw the line between beauty and eye infections.

The closer to your eyes, the bigger the risk

Even with 100% mineral makeup, there will always be a risk if you apply it close to your eye. That’s what makes eyeliner, false eyelashes and colour lenses the riskiest types of cosmetics. They all increase the chances of eye infection because they can cause bacteria and then get into the eyes.

This can also be a problem with mascara. It’s a thing in every people’s makeup bag, women feeling incomplete without it. It may be time to ditch it, or at least stay mascara-free twice a week. It comes as many makeup users are using mascara that is expired or leaving them longer than they should. Removing eye makeup before sleeping is crucial. Not removing it before sleeping not only clogs the pores but can also cause eye infection, contamination, and inflammation. Inflammation around the eyelids can also cause lash loss.

How to look good and protect your eyes

We’re not suggesting to completely break ties with makeup. We’re asking to be more cautious when it comes to eye makeup because your eyes are vulnerable. Follow these easy tips to minimise any safety concerns with your eye makeup:

· Be sure to replace ancient eye makeup past the expiry date. Outdated makeup cosmetics can carry bacteria and risk causing infections.

· Never share your eye applicators. Not all infections are immediately obvious, so don’t be tempted to lend your mascara to someone that doesn’t have red eyes. Demodex mites live on lashes and can be transferred by using the same applicator.

· Always clean your brushes or applicators when applying makeup

· Keep the waterline makeup-free. No matter how great it looks or how good you are at applying makeup on your waterline, don’t, it’s a bad idea to put that much foreign material on your waterline and can increase the chances of eye irritation or infection.

· To encourage a hygienic eye routine, clean all makeup brushes regularly. Once a week is ideal.

· Take a break from eye makeup. Yes, I know that seems hard, but sometimes we must leave them alone. Give your eyes a break and try the natural look, letting the delicate skin around your eye’s breath. It’s also important to keep your skin hydrated. Drink plenty of water, get 7-8 hours of sleep every night and use hydrating eye cream.