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Makeup Tips for Sensitive Eyes

Summer soirées are back and better than ever this year in New York City. To ensure to you are practicing proper makeup eye safety, we’ve put together a few tips for you to have the summer Megan intended you to have. Here are a few makeup tips for people with sensitive eyes:

Prevent makeup from coming into direct contact with your eye

This can be a challenge with eyeshadow particles flying around and flaky mascaras, but preventing direct contact can save you from eye irritation and dryness down the road. The issues can increase in severity if you wear contact lenses, as the particles can get trapped beneath the contact lens and your eye. Pro tip: don’t apply mascara to the roots of your lashes and don’t apply eyeliner on the inside of your lid. Frosting looks better on the outside of the cake, right?

Remove makeup with products that are sensitive-eye friendly

If you have sensitive eyes or are just looking for eye makeup remover, don’t over complicate things. Grab a cotton pad and some baby shampoo. This is a combination recommended by Ashley Brissette, a New York City-based assistant professor of ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medicine. Pro tip: keep baby shampoo on hand for gently swiping away your eye makeup and for cleaning your brushes. Clean eyes and clean brushes? Double win.

Fight bacteria by regularly cleaning your brushes and applicators

Keep bacteria out of your makeup routine by regularly cleaning your brushes and applicators. This simple practice can reduce sensitivity and prevent unnecessary eye infections. Pro tip: clean brushes and applicators with warm water and baby shampoo once a week.

Remember that makeup has an expiration date

All good things come to an end and your makeup products are no exception. If you’re not good with keeping track of product expirations, a good rule of thumb is to replace your products every three months. Pro tip (because we know makeup is not cheap): when you purchase a new product make an alarm in your phone to remind you of the expiration date so you will know when it’s time to buy a new mascara, eyeliner, etc. or write it on the packaging.

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