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The Worst Place To Apply Your Eyeliner According To An Eye Doctor (Can You Guess Where It Is?)

By Glamour Magazine Jul 2, 2012 5:48PM

by Baze Mpinja, Glamour Magazine

Recently, I had a chance to meet with Dr. Susan Resnick, a New York City-based optometrist, for an eye exam. Not only did I find out that the Acuvue Oasys contact lenses I've been wearing for years have built-in UVA/UVB sun protection (I had no clue!), but I got some tips I think you guys will want to know. Like where not to put your eyeliner (well, at least not every day).

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The area to avoid is the flat part of your eye on the inside of your lash lines. "The most important glands are right there on the eyelid margin, and if you block those, you’re blocking the natural secretion of the oils which protect you from having dry eyes. You could also get styes caused by bacteria," said Dr. Resnick.



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Fortunately, you don't have to give up inside eyeliner entirely, just limit it to once a week or so to be safe. "And if you are going to do it, make sure you get all of the makeup off at night," Dr. Resnick said.

Here are more of her tips:
For contact lens wearers:
1. If you like to go heavy on the eye makeup, consider switching to daily disposable contacts to avoid product and debris buildup.
2. Steer clear of oil-based eye makeup removers. "They can make lenses blurry and uncomfortable because the oils will lay on the surface of tears. So, when you wake up in the morning, residue will attach to the contacts when you put them in," explained Dr. Resnick.
3. Rub your contact lenses gently but thoroughly before storing them (even if your solution says no-rub) to get rid of any makeup that might be lingering.

For everyone:
1. Sharpen pencil eyeliners before each use for a clean, fresh surface.
2. Opt for powder eye shadows–creamy textures tend to hold more bacteria.
3. Don't let uncovered liners roll around in your purse! Keep the caps on tight.
4. And, of course, replace your mascara every three months.

So who guessed right after reading the headline for this post? Do you already follow any of these tips?

Photo: Ralf Nau/Thinkstock

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2Comments
Jul 5, 2012 6:39PM
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Women aren't sure where to stick the applicator.
Jul 5, 2012 4:55PM
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I don't know I have been using eyeliner for 35 years and have been using it on the inside of the lashes I don't have any problems but then again I don't use contacts, I guess I have been harming myself for 35 years but I love my eyeliner soooooooooo. I guess I am in the wrong!
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