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Basic (and Safe!) Makeup Tips for Women

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Just having access to YouTube opens women up to all kinds of advanced makeup tips and techniques. It can be fascinating to browse all the different options and then try looks that feel authentic and true to who you are.  Those dramatic eyes and eyeliner make a great impression but, if one is not careful, it could be potentially dangerous to your vision.

This doesn’t mean that the eye products you are using are harmful. Most cosmetics these days are typically safe to use. It’s their application and use that is of concern. It is also the way you take care of your cosmetics that count. Are you good about removing your eye makeup before you go to bed?

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin

Old Makeup

Bacteria are a problem when it comes to your eyesight. However, have you given any thought to the fact that your older makeup is a harbor for nasty germs? Those little biological hazards have no business coming into contact with your eyes. Replace your make-up every few months even if you haven’t used it all yet.

Dry Mascara

Mascara isn’t cheap and it can be tempting to find ways to moisten dried mascara in order to use it. If it has dried up, go ahead and purchase a new one. Don’t use water or anything else to make it useable again.

Temperature

Be certain not to heat up your cosmetics. They should be stored in a cool, dry place. The back seat of your car or a steamy bathroom is not the ideal environment for your eye shadow.  Again, this is to discourage the build-up of pesky bacteria.

 No Sharing

Make-up can be fun. Who doesn’t want to share something they love with the people they care about? However, cosmetics are just like toothbrushes… they aren’t meant for sharing. This type of germ swapping is just asking for trouble.

Kohl Eyeliners

These items contain lead. Lead is bad and truly dangerous.

Application

When it comes to protecting your vision, application is a vital factor. Wash your hands before applying your cosmetics. Check to ensure your applicators are clean. This will mean washing or replacing your brushes often. Don’t apply anything on the inner eyelid. Keep make-up on the outside of your eyes. If you eyes are infected in any way, avoid using any cosmetics at all. Also, never apply makeup while you are moving or distracted. This increases your changes of damaging your eyes unintentionally.

Removal

Develop a routine to remove all of your eye makeup every evening. This is even more essential for individuals that wear contacts, as makeup deposits can build up on the lenses and cause discomfort.