Common Makeup Mistakes Can Harm Your Eyes

published on 05.01.2022 08:00

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Makeup can transform your look. One possible way to do this is to complement the look with eye shadow, glitter, pencil and mascara. Now there is also a widespread procedure for eyelash extensions – or stretching, which gives the curl and volume to the wires longer.

But you need to be careful when applying cosmetics and eyelash glue so that they do not get on the eyeball and cause serious problems. A survey conducted by the Brazilian Society of Ophthalmologists (SBO) found that for every 10 women who use cosmetics, two develop vision problems due to the use of cosmetics. Natalia Vakhas, 28, a consultant and content producer, contracted allergic conjunctivitis from eye makeup and had to give up pencils and mascara for two years. The fear was so great that she wears almost nothing in the area.

Several factors can cause these frames. Camila López Guimarães, an ophthalmologist in the eye surgery sector at CBV – Hospital de Olhos, lists product sharing, not removing makeup, and not cleaning the eyes (yes, they need to be “flushed” often) as major mistakes.

Using someone else’s cosmetics seems harmless, but it’s good to know that products can be contaminated with viruses and fungi – precisely because they are used by someone else with different habits.

And a lot is said about the harm that makes you sleep with makeup. It’s no less. If the skin shows signs, know that the eyes are too: “When we sleep with makeup on, we run the risk of clogging the edges of the eyelids. The result is irritation, redness, foreign body sensation and allergies,” he explains. This region tends to become dry and the repetition of this habit contributes to aging.

It is recommended to remove make-up with a special make-up remover. In the bath, washing can and should be done with water and Johnson’s Baby shampoos, Granado soap, or similar, which contain more delicate ingredients. According to the doctor, it is important to wash your face, especially the eyelash area. “In their root, we have glands that produce tears. And if this place is oily, it can result in blepharitis, that is, inflammation of the sebaceous glands of the inner eyelid.

Some of these inflammations and reactions directly interfere with the ability to see. Camila mentions that the contact of some formulas with the eyeball causes scratches on the cornea (the tissue that is at the front of the eye), which causes it to cry and changes the quality of what you see. “So if any product gets into your eyes, focus on removing it properly,” he advises.

Another point that needs attention is applying makeup along the waterline. Some techniques involve, for example, a dark pencil at the top waterline to give the impression of thicker lashes; bottom light color to open eyes. It turns out that applying cosmetics in this area can cause the product to go directly into the eyes. Ideally, leave it without makeup.

Calm down, you can do makeup!

For those who are sensitive but support occasional use or want a beautiful makeover for a special occasion, makeup artist Mariana Amaro has some tips. First of all, wash your hands and keep your brushes clean, even those you use on your face, so that unwanted particles don’t get into your eyes. It’s also worth looking in your makeup drawer: they must be past their expiration date!


Mariana says it’s common to see clients with allergies and eye irritation, but that doesn’t stop the end result from being beautiful. “I recommend using hypoallergenic products and always wash your hands, face and brushes before applying makeup. Fortunately, most cosmetic brands are trying to adapt to people who have reactions, especially in the eyes, so there are good options on the market, which guarantees production.”

A few more removal tips: don’t rub too hard. Makeup wipes can be great allies because they keep product out of your eyes, work well even to remove waterproof products, although they are not recommended for sensitive skin. “Remember to also wash your face after using makeup removers and other soaps to prevent clogged pores,” he adds.

Eyelash extensions require more care

Ophthalmologist Camila López Guimarães of the Eye Surgery Department at CBV – Hospital de Olhos has already treated several patients who had problems with their eyelash extension procedure. In many cases, the glue was applied directly to the base of the lashes, and not along the length of the lashes, which sometimes causes allergies. “It is important to maintain daily hygiene as indicated in the procedure, even for fear that the threads will fall out during cleaning. Gently use a cotton swab and apply shampoo or soap suitable for cleaning the area.

Things to remember daily

– Always wash your hands before touching your eyes.

– Keep brushes and sponges clean.

– Check the expiration date of cosmetics and their normal condition, no change in color, texture or smell.

– For hypersensitivity, choose hypoallergenic products.

– Avoid applying makeup to the waterline.

– Wipe your eyes often. The bath is easier. Use shampoos or soaps with gentle formulas and make gentle movements without rubbing your eyes.

– To remove eye shadow, eyeliner and heavier make-up, use an eye makeup remover or special wet wipes.

– If you have a persistent reaction, see an ophthalmologist.

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