Makeup And Eye Safety: What You Need To Know Before Getting Ready For Your Next Zoom Meeting  

In today’s world of Zoom and FaceTime, you want to look your best on the occasion that you get to interact with your colleagues or your loved ones. While putting on makeup before a virtual interaction can be fun, it’s important that you know how to keep your eyes safe, especially if you’re wearing more makeup or a different type of makeup than you usually wear on a day to day basis. Check out these makeup safety tips to keep your eyes looking and feeling healthy.

Tip #1 – Wash your hands before applying your makeup.

We know, we know – you’re washing your hands constantly right now, and it’s easy to assume that they’re already clean. Washing your hands before you touch your eyes is more important than ever. Not only can the coronavirus enter your body through your eyes – other problem-causing viruses and bacteria can as well. Wash your hands with warm, soapy water for at least 30 seconds and dry thoroughly before applying makeup.

Tip #2 – Throw out makeup that’s more than six months old.

Need an excuse to buy some new mascara? We’ve got you. You shouldn’t keep makeup for more than six months, especially any makeup that comes into close contact with your eyes. Bacteria can build up in your makeup, making it more likely to cause infection. If it’s been more than half a year since you’ve replaced your eye makeup, it’s time to toss it and go shopping.

Tip #3 – Don’t share makeup.

You wouldn’t share your eye makeup with a stranger, but it may seem safe to share your eyeliner with a member of your household. Unfortunately, doing so can make it easy to transmit viruses and bacteria. Your eye makeup should only be used by you, and you shouldn’t dabble in another household member’s eye makeup either. If more than one person in your household wears makeup, keep it separate, and don’t borrow from anyone else.

Tip #4 – Replace all makeup if you develop an eye infection.

If you have pink eye or another infection (or, if you develop COVID-19), it’s time to toss your makeup and start over. Your makeup can harbor viruses and infections, even after your body has cleared the problem. When you continue to use the same eye makeup, you could re-infect yourself, creating a negative cycle of getting sick time and again. When in doubt, throw it out.

If you notice that your eyes are red, irritated, or simply aren’t quite feeling right after wearing makeup, remove your makeup and give your eye doctor a call. A virtual or in-person visit can give you the help that you need to get your eyes right back on track.