Have you thought about your Halloween costume yet? Maybe your costume this year is a spine-chilling zombie or the silvery Tin-Man from the Wizard of Oz. Great ideas, right? They might require a bit of time and makeup to put together. Have you thought about how you apply makeup around your eye? Here are a few basic safety tips when applying your Halloween makeup this season.

  • The number one rule is to Never share eye makeup, even with family or close friends.
  • Always make sure your face and eyelids are clean before applying.
  • Throw away eye makeup after three months and get new products. Infection-causing bacteria grow easily in creamy or liquid eye makeup.
  • Always apply makeup outside the lash line, away from the eye, to avoid blocking the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid. These glands secrete oil that protects the eye’s surface.

Also, be careful with metallic, glitter, sparkle powder or other makeup that can flake off. Flakes can fall into the eye, get into the tear film and irritate your eyes. Glitter eye makeup is a common cause of corneal irritation or infection, especially for people who wear contact lenses. Larger glitter in makeup can scratch the eye, much like getting sand or dirt in your eye.

Taking preventative steps with eye makeup is helpful for protecting your vision and health of your eye. It is also important to safely remove makeup around the eye as well. Using things like baby shampoo is an inexpensive and optometrist-recommended product for washing eyelids and the area around the eyes. These ‘tear-free’ soaps are often recommended to people prone to styes, chalazia, and blepharitis for washing their eyes. Taking a clean cotton swab along the base of the eyelashes can remove all makeup remnants. Make removing creams, wipes, or face washes are great, but try and avoid your eyes or eyelids. The most effective makeup remover is actually vaseline. It’s lubricating, soothing to the skin and helps makeup slide off without unnecessary tugging and pulling.

Hopefully, these tips can be helpful for you while getting decked in your Halloween costume or as you clean up after a successful night of trick-or-treating. If your eyes the next morning give you a fright, make sure to call the Mabee Eye Clinic for help.

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