How Can I Look for Eye Makeup That Doesn't Make My Eyes Water?

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Certain types of eye makeup can make your eyes water from irritation. Find out what to look for in eye makeup that doesn't make your eyes water with help from an eye and facial plastic surgeon in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Dr. Matheson Harris, an ocular facial plastic surgeon and ophthalmologist in Salt Lake City, Utah. I often have patients who come and tell me stories about eye irritation from eye makeup or even their eyes watering because of eye makeup and they often want to know what they can do to treat eye irritation after they have reacted to their makeup. A few simple tips can help you to still wear eye makeup and not have eye irritation. First it's important to properly apply your eye makeup. You want to avoid getting into your eyes and to do this, always apply it to only the skin above the eyelashes on the upper eyelid and below the eyelashes on the lower eyelid. You also want to avoid the types of eye makeups that commonly get into the eyes such as powders, rather using creams or other types that stay on the skin and have less flaking. Metallic and glittery types of eye makeup are notorious for getting into the eyes. Once eye makeup has gotten into the eyes, the best way to get it out is to flush it out with some artificial tears or saline. If you are having repeated reactions to eye makeup, you may have an allergy. It's best in this case to just eliminate all of your eye makeups for several days then reintroduce them one at a time to determine which one is the offending agent. If you are reacting to all the makeups, an allergy may be present and you may not be able to wear a non-hypoallergenic eye makeup. Seeking out a brand that is dubbed as hypoallergenic or non-allergenic may be the answer. More severe types of allergies often require meeting with an allergist or an allergy professional who can determine what type of allergies you have and recommend a better solution. If you have any other questions about eye allergies or makeup in the eyes, see an ophthalmologist in your area.


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