Protect your eyes -- don't make up and drive
The most serious problem related to the application of eye makeup is injury to the cornea from either scratching the eye with a fingernail or eyeliner pencil, Moscot said. Tearing, itching, swelling and redness also can be the result of allergic reactions from preservatives that stop bacterial growth on makeup.
Here are Dr. Moscot’s tips to help prevent potential injuries, infections or allergic reactions around your eyes:
*Be 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.
* Keep your eyeliner pencils sharpened. This prevents the wood casing from scratchign 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. Throw away exiting makeup and purchase new since older products may still contain bacteria.
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