Guide: False Eyelashes & Contact Lenses

To Wear Or Not To Wear?

Can I wear makeup and false eyelashes with contact lenses in? Is it safe to do so? It is a common misconception that contact wearers can’t wear makeup and false eyelashes. There is so much expert advice available on how to wear makeup and falsies and still have happy eyes. It is important though that you are careful when applying makeup and lashes to your eyes once your lenses are in. Follow our guide for tips and tricks for all you beautiful contact lens wearers!

First things first, do I apply my lenses before or after makeup and eyelash application?

Always make sure you apply your contact lenses first before applying anything to your eye area. It will not only be much easier than putting them in afterwards but you will also have a better look when applying the makeup. It also reduces the risk of applying the contacts over bits of mascara, eye shadow or powder that may have got into your eye after application. It can be a real struggle attempting to apply the lenses after you have put on your false eyelashes! So quit while you are ahead and pop them in beforehand!

Removing Makeup

We suggest that you should always remove your contact lenses before you begin to remove your makeup. This will ensure that you don’t get bits of makeup flaking of going into your eyes and irritating your eyes due to having your contacts in. It will also prevent any makeup contaminating your contacts which is especially important if you use re-usable ones. Additionally, as removing your makeup is not exactly detailed work, you will not need to have you lenses in to see what you are doing.

Only Use Good Quality Products

Makeup: Since wearing contact lenses makes eyes more vulnerable to infection and inflammation it’s important that you are aware of what you are putting on your eyes. Try to avoid any products that are highly perfumed and check that any makeup is ophthalmologically tested. It is also important to make sure your makeup is in date. Yes, that’s right! Makeup has its own sell by and use by date once opened. You can find this on many beauty products packaging. To find this, look for a container image on the packaging, inside the image you will see for example ‘12M’ which means the product has a usable life of 12 months begging from when the product was opened!

False Eyelashes: In terms of false eyelashes, you can use any of your choice. However, we do recommend that you opt for softer lashes such as mink, faux mink or silk lashes as these will be softer and the materials mimic real eyelash hairs. This will avoid irritation as if any false lashes happen to go into your eyes (highly unlikely) it will be similar to your own eyelashes that fall out regularly. Additionally, unlike makeup products false eyelashes don’t have a use by or a shelf life. As long as the false eyelashes are kept in useable condition or stored safely than you can use them when and as many times as you want! However, we do recommend if you are re-using your falsies that you clean them when they start to look like they need a little TLC. You can click here to read our false eyelash caring and cleaning blog.

Makeup remover: Ensure you avoid any removers that are perfumed, there is a large range of products that are perfume free and are made from natural products. If you want to keep things natural and organic we suggest you use coconut oil as this removes makeup and false eyelashes with ease and is gentle on your face. Coconut oil can be found anywhere from supermarkets to heath shops and available at an affordable price!

Things to Avoid When Wearing Contact Lenses:

  • Never apply any sort of eyeliner or eyeshadow to your water line,you will only regret it when you’ve caused irritation to your eye. This is because when you apply eyeliner or products to your water line you can easily risk getting some in your eye or if your eyes water, it’s more than likely that the product will emerge into your eye. If you do however not listen to our advice and get yourself in a situation then make sure you rinse and bathe your eyes with clear cold water. If you are a makeup lover and can’t resist getting creative with your eye makeup, then why not opt for a cream eyeshadow rather than a powdered one? This will minimise the risk of any product getting in and irritating your eyes.
  • Avoid perfumed eye makeup or skincare products used around the eye area when you have contact lenses in.
  • Always be careful when applying your false eyelashes with lash adhesive (glue) and if you are not so much of a pro when it comes to applying false eyelashes than apply your contacts after you have put on the falsies. If you are new to false eyelashes and applying them click here to read our step to step guide full of tips and trick to help you put false eyelashes on like a pro!
  • Avoid no branded or non-tested false eyelash adhesive. It’s important that you understand that there is a lot of untested lash glue which is pretty dodgy on the market. We recommend that you use a brand such as Duo Glue which is well known and tested. We also suggest that you look into buying false eyelash glue that is latex free. This is because some people find out the hard way that they happen to be allergic to latex. Better safe than sorry!

Look After & Be Kind To Your Beautiful Eyes!

If you find that your eyes become itchy, red or sore for any reason what so ever remove the makeup (eye shadow, mascara etc). If it reoccurs then avoid using that certain product and give your eyes a break.

We have a wide range of different styles and materials to make sure we can match everyone’s lash needs!
Luxury 3D Mink Lashes – can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Lashes – vegan and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Multi Packs – vegan, three pairs of lashes and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Synthetic Lashes – vegan and can be worn up to 20 wears if looked after.
For more information on cleaning and caring for your lashes to maximum wear from them. Click here to view our guide!

For more inspiration and creative looks, click here to check out our Instagram (@lash_envy_beauty).

If you have any further questions regarding our lashes please click here to view our FAQ. If your question has not been answered, please contact us via email at info@lashenvybeauty.com