Our daily routines may have changed during lockdown, but applying makeup is one habit most of us stick to religiously.  Let’s face it, we don’t want to be caught out on a Zoom call with the boss looking bedraggled.

But as much as our makeup routine is about application, we must also be hygiene aware, to avoid unforeseen problems.  M&S Opticians offers top tips on how to avoid an infected, and let’s face it, unattractive eye:

  • Wash your hands before applying eye makeup.  Your hands harbour germs, which can transfer to your eyes if not clean.
  • Never share your eye makeup. It doesn’t matter if it’s your sister or best mate, sharing eye makeup spreads bacteria.
  • Avoid using multi-purpose makeup.  Colour sticks, marketed for use as lipstick, blusher and eyeshadow, are an assured way to pass bacteria from your mouth and nasal zone direct to your sensitive eyes, where an infection can really take hold.
  • Apply eyeliner on the outside of the lash line. By avoiding the inner lid, you will not only reduce the chances of infection or allergic reactions but it will prevent scratches to your eye or eyelids.
  • Keep your eyeliner pencil sharp.  By keeping your pencil sharp you are more likely to avoid painful scratches against your eyes and it keeps it fresh.
  • Replace eye makeup every three to four months. One of the biggest causes of eye infections is due to out of date or old makeup.  Replace your eye makeup regularly and dispose of expired products. 
  • Replace eye makeup after an eye infection. If you get an eye infection, make sure to replace all of your previous eye makeup products in order to avoid more bacteria spreading.
  • Never apply makeup on the move. It might be stating the obvious, but it’s amazing how many people attempt to apply eye makeup whilst in transit, whether that’s in a car, travelling by bus or train.  Certainly you should never do this when in control of a vehicle, but neither should you if you’re a passenger.  A sudden movement or slamming of the brakes and ouch – your eye could experience irreparable damage!
  • Remove eye makeup at the end of the day. It might be the last thing you feel like doing after a long day or late night out, but make sure you remove all your makeup before you fall into bed.  Your eyes are extremely sensitive, and even the tiniest speck of mascara, eyeliner, or eyeshadow could seep into the corner of your eye and cause an infection.

Follow these simple eye makeup tips and you will enjoy healthy eyes with a natural sparkle!