When seeking beauty advice, the optometrist is not most people’s first port of call, but while a beauty blogger might be able to give you five steps to follow for perfect winged eyeliner they can’t tell you how to keep your eyes healthy, long term.
Optometry Australia’s resident optometrist Luke Arundel can, however.
He shared his top makeup tips with Mamamia to help avoid puffy eyes, redness and other common types of damage caused by cosmetics.
Watch where you’re sticking that eyeliner.
One of the most popular techniques for applying eyeliner is called “waterlining” or “tightlining”.
Basically, it’s when you draw along the inside edge of the eye below the eyelashes.
While it might look dramatic, a recent study confirmed it also leads to more stray particles from your eye pencil winding up in your eye, where it can cause redness and irritation.
It can also damage the fragile skin around your eye.
If in doubt… CHUCK IT OUT.
Most cosmetics come with a use by date… and most people just ignore it.
In fact, up to 98% of us admit to using old makeup and mascara is by far the most popular product to hold onto long after we should have waved goodbye.
This is gross for two reasons: Bacteria and fungi.
Both of the above thrive in gooey black mascara, grow quickly and can cause truly icky eye infections.
Generally speaking, you shouldn’t keep your liquid or gel eyeliner, or mascara more than three months.
Eye pencils last about two years.
Think twice about getting eye lash extensions.
Eye lash extensions can be great as a one off, but eyes that pop come at a cost – and not just a financial one.
Optometry Australia have found that infections of the cornea and eyelid are common in people who use the stick on eye-lashes, as are allergic reactions to the adhesive used to secure them which may cause eyelid swelling and even the permanent or temporary loss of eyelashes.