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A Brief Guide to Cosmetics and Eye Health

Applying mascara each morning might allow you to feel beautiful and confident, but cosmetics can pose a threat to the health of your eyes. Makeup, like eyeshadow and eyeliner, can breed microscopic dirt and bacteria, so it’s important to ensure that your beauty routine is hygienic. Discover how to use makeup safely with the following tips.

Wash Your Hands

Before you apply makeup, it’s important to wash your hands beforehand. Your hands are crawling with unseen bacteria, which can transfer easily to your face and eyes. Simply wash your hands with soap and water to avoid infection.

Don’t Share

Your eyes can host a variety of personalized bacteria. Sharing cosmetics, especially mascara, can lead to bad eye infections such as pink eye, flat warts, styes, and other bacterial buildup.

Replace Outdated Cosmetics

Mascara should be replaced every three months after opening. After three months, bacteria can begin to grow inside of the tube, which can lead to infection. You should replace your tube of mascara whenever you notice a difference, such as a change in odor.

Stay Clear From Testers

Unless the makeup testers in the store are single-use applicators, don’t use them! Whether you’re applying blush to your cheeks or eyeshadow to your eyelid, bacteria from other users can still lead to eye infection.

Contact Lens Care

If you wear contact lenses, insert the lenses before applying makeup to your eyes and face. Waiting to apply your contact lenses afterward puts you at risk of getting makeup underneath of the lens.

Don’t Apply Eye Makeup in a Moving Vehicle

Applying makeup to your face in a moving vehicle puts you at serious risk of injuring your eyes. Even if you’re in the passenger seat, the car could stop suddenly or hit a speed bump, causing the makeup applicator to jab or scratch the surface of your eye.


Here at the Catonsville Eye Group, providing the best patient care is our #1 priority. The professionalism of our doctors coupled with our capable and caring staff, state of the art technology, and extensive frame and lens options are what have made Catonsville Eye Group the first choice for families in our community. We strive to provide the best possible professional care at fair and reasonable prices to our patients in the most courteous way possible!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, order contact lenses, or ask questions about our services at Catonsville Eye Group, please call our office at (410) 747-1221 or email us by clicking this link. We will respond to your request within 24 hours.

We’re located at the heart of the Music City at 611 Frederick Rd., Suite 101. Drop on by, or schedule an appointment today. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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