People have been using makeup to enhance their unique, natural features for thousands of years.
Over the millennia, the priority with these beauty products hasn’t always been health, which might have something to do with the disturbing amount of lead-based powders in the history of makeup. You don’t have to worry about lead in your eyeshadow these days, but that doesn’t mean all modern makeup is good for you — or for your eyes.
Makeup And Our Eyes
Some of the riskiest cosmetics for our eyes are waterline eyeliner (eyeliner that goes on the rim of the eyelid rather than outside the eyelashes), false eyelashes or eyelash extensions, and over-the-counter color contact lenses. All of these increase our chance of developing an eye infection because bacteria can build up on them and transfer to your eyes. This is a danger with mascara as well, as the mascara wand is contaminated from the very first use.
Another thing to be careful of is scratching. An accidental jab from an eyeliner pencil or mascara wand can actually leave scratches and permanent scars on the cornea. Makeup that is flaky, dry, and powdery can also fall into the eye and cause irritation, redness, and swelling.