There's an amazing eyeglasses store around the corner from my apartment in NYC's Union Square called Moscot... I love going into the store some weekends just to try on their amazing selection of vintage, plastic-framed glasses (I heard the costume designer of Mad Men picks up the characters' glasses here!). I recently scored some tips from THE Dr. Harvey Moscot of Moscot Eyewear. Read on for his advice!
"The most serious problem related to the application of eye makeup is injury to the cornea (the clear surface in the front of the eye) from either scratching the eye with a fingernail or eyeliner device. Additionally, allergic reactions from preservatives that stop bacterial growth on makeup can also cause tearing, itching, swelling, and redness to the eyes - more commonly then you'd imagine.
Safety First: When to throw away your makeup
The below tips will help prevent any potential injuries, infections, or allergic reactions to make up applied around your eyes:
- Careful, Careful, Careful - Eye makeup removers are designed to be used near and around the eye. Makeup removers can cause dryness, itching, and swelling if they get into your eyes so apply with ease and slowly to avoid any from entering the eye.
- Keep your eyeliner pencils sharpened: This prevents the wood casing from scratching the eye. An old pencil tends to get stiff requiring more pressure. If this happens, replace the pencil with a new one.
- Give your makeup a break: If you have an eye infection such as pink eye or conjunctivitis, avoid wearing makeup until the condition abates. And importantly, make sure to throw away existing makeup and start anew since older products may still contain bacteria.
- Out with old, in with the new! It is important to replace old cosmetics every six months to avoid excess contamination and bacteria growth. Old cosmetics are a major cause of eye infections.
- Never share eye makeup!! -- Because everyone's skin bacteria is different, sharing cosmetics is a sure fire way to cause cross contamination which leads to eye infections.
- Never mix old with new: -- Old applicators cannot be used with new cosmetics. You run the risk of transferring bacteria into the newly bought product by using older applicators.
- Makeup counter no-no: Never use sample products at cosmetic counters without making sure they are using a fresh sample on you.
- Don't makeup and drive! Never under any circumstance should you ever apply make up in a moving vehicle. Any quick maneuver, stop, or sudden bump could mean an accidental poke.
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