We should always be wary of things that go in, on, or around our eyes. But when it comes to makeup, many of us have developed a series of bad habits that could lead to serious damage. Below, we explore 5 of the biggest factors in making sure that your liners, mascaras, and shadows are all eye-healthy makeup safe for daily use:
Know Your Limits
Expiry dates can be difficult to pin down, but while you can hold on to the occasional nail polish or blotting powder for a little longer than recommended, eye products need a more decisive cut-off point. The general rule of thumb is as follows: Pressed and loose eye shadow powders are good for 2 years, as are Pencil liners — provided they are regularly sharpened and capped before and after use. Cream shadows and gel liners have a slightly shorter life span of just 1 year. And liquid liners and mascaras — products that regularly touch your water line — should be tossed every 3 months to avoid harmful bacterial build-up, and to keep you safe from the threat of eye infections.
Sharing Isn’t Caring
We love to share with our friends, and borrowing a little liner before a big night out can seem harmless enough. But sharing eye products is one of the easiest ways to expose yourself to the bacterial build-up that can lead to eye infections… or worse. So think twice before rummaging through your friend’s collection.
Don’t MacGyver Your Liner
Makeup hacks seem like a great way to save time, money, and storage space — but while a single tube of lipstick can happily double-up on your cheeks, you should avoid getting too inventive with your eye products. Lip liners have no business on your lash-line (and vice-versa), and your brow mascara shouldn’t double-up on your lashes. Eye products — particularly those that are opthalmologist-approved, like the products from Almay — are intended for use only on your eyes.
Avoid Glitter Litter
It’s best to steer clear of shadows and liners that contain big chunks of glitter. That includes pressed pans and loose pigments — and especially while you’re wearing contact lenses. While normal eye shadow fallout can be annoying, sparkling particles can scratch the surface of your eye and lead to long-term damage.
No Lashing Out Behind the Wheel
Try to avoid doing your eye makeup in the car (or the train, bus, boat, or buggy). Whether it’s a mascara wand, a pencil liner, or a makeup brush, you want to avoid pointing a sharp object directly at your eye when there’s a risk of sudden stops.