Makeup Tips for Contact Lens Wearers

A reader requested guidelines on wearing eye makeup for contact lens wearers. I wear contacts (clear, color and circle lens) myself so here are a few tips you guys can use.

* Pop in your contacts before you apply any eye makeup. This way, you will be able to see more clearly and avoid any mistakes.

* Try not to rim your inner lash line to avoid tearing. But if you really need to do so, use a waterproof or smudge-proof liner. My picks are MAC Fluidline and Prestige Automatic Eyeliner.

* To avoid eyeshadow from dropping into your eyes and causing irritation, either use a cream formula or simply wet your brush before using powder eyeshadow.

* Pick a mascara with minimal flaking and smearing. I like CoverGirl LashBlast and L’oreal Voluminous.

* Remove contacts before you remove your eye makeup to avoid damaging them.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Wow, great post! Found your link somewhere – your a great inspiration!

    Just one question though, I’m asian with contacts as well, and I seem to have problems with “teary eyes”.. no matter how much powder (I use skin colour eyeshadow and foundation) I put on under my eye, my eyeliner and mascara always smudges and flakes! I use MaxFactor LashFinity and also a waterproof mascara, and revlon blackest black wet/dry eyeliner. Also bought a Mac black eyeliner, but found it smudged even worst!

    Any solutions for “teary eyes?”

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