Why eye makeup is irritating your eyes


Woman applying mascara

Eye makeup can be a great beauty booster that provides definition and colour to the area around our eyes. It comes in many forms, from mascara, to eyeshadow, and also eyebrow pencils, and when applied it contrasts greatly with the natural beauty of white eyes, and the colour of the iris. However, every so often when applying make-up, or when wearing it, some particles of makeup could stick to the surface of the eye, causing eye irritation.

How Makeup can get on the Eye

But how could this happen? There are many reasons why it could occur, namely:

  1. When applying mascara, your brush could come into contact with the eye (particularly in the corners) or particles of makeup could fall off the brush, and onto the eye. Replace mascara if it’s dried out, as this may increase the chances of it affecting your eye.
  2. Eyeliner – if it touches the inner eyelids it could lead to makeup getting inside your eye.
  3. Eyeshadow – with careless flicks the powder could end up getting onto your eye.

Other Tips

Here are some other things to think about when applying make-up to your eyes:

  • Make sure you never put your eye cosmetics on while you're riding in a car. One reason for this is that your mascara could all too easily scratch your cornea. This applies to riding in buses or other forms of transport, especially considering sudden stops which can also increase the risk that you'll scratch your eye.
  • Ensure that all eye cosmetic applicators are clean before use — it's a good idea to wash or replace all brushes and sponges frequently.
  • Avoid eye cosmetics when you have an irritated or infected eye —if you think that a particular cosmetic is irritating your eyes, make sure to stop using it.
  • Avoid eye cosmetics that are iridescent, glittery, or shiny - these may contain ingredients that could irritate the eye.
  • Always wash your hands before you dig into your makeup bag and start applying eye cosmetics.