6 Tips for Eye Make Up Safety

stuart miles eyesAll across the Triangle, from Raleigh and Durham, women everywhere use makeup, bronzer, highlighter, eyeliner, blush and a variety of other cosmetics to enhance the look of their eyes, lashes, brows and appearance. While most cosmetics are safe to use, there are a few aspects of makeup use that can cause serious concern and possible damage.

Here are six tips for keeping your eyes gorgeous and healthy:

  • Keep things clean: Eye makeup is clean and safe when first purchased, but old applicators may grow fungi or bacteria that can end up in your makeup or possibly in your eyes causing serious infections. Some infections can even lead to the blindness in the worst cases. Clean your brushes regularly and change your applicators and makeup every three to six months.
    • Don’t share: It may seem fun to share favorite eye colors and assorted cosmetics with a friend, but someone else’s germs may not be good for you. Also watch out for the “tester” products in the retail store cosmetic departments. These stores should be using single-use applicators, such as clean cotton swabs, if they put makeup on you.
  • Steady hands: Even if you’re not driving, it’s best to avoid applying makeup in the car or on a bus. If you hit a bump at the wrong time, you can scratch your eye or get makeup in it, which can result in serious issues.
  • Check the label: All eye cosmetics are required to list their ingredients on the package. If there is no such label found on the product, it is considered misbranded and illegal. (Some small packages may have the ingredient list on a tear-off sheet with the display.)
  • Never use kohl: Found in some parts of the world, kohl is not approved for use in the United States. Also known as al-kahl, surma or kajal, it contains antimony or lead, which is dangerous and can cause lead poisoning in children. Note: some products may be called “kohl” to indicate color so check labels.
  • Do not use dye: Permanent eyelash and eyebrow dyes can cause serious eye injuries, including blindness. The FDA has not approved any dyes for this use.

If you have a bad reaction to eye cosmetics or cleansing products, call your Park Ophthalmology doctor. You can also report the problem to the FDA.

Being careful in every circumstance and you will protect your eyes and will keep them looking good no matter the occasion.


Park Ophthalmology welcomes patients from all areas of the Triangle and offers a wide variety of specialized services including surgery for diseases of the eye, vision examinations, eye safety information, sports medicine protective eyewear and counseling, contact lenses and evaluation, and all types of ocular diagnosis and treatment. Many types of surgery are available, including cataract and laser surgery. We are here for you and your eye and overall health. Give us a call today!

This article about the benefits of eye care is brought to you by the professional team at Park Ophthalmology located in the Triangle Region of North Carolina.

The information contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice.

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