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Home > FAQs and Tips > Contact Lenses and Makeup | Alcon OPTI-FREE®

Living with Contacts

Makeup and your contact lenses

Applying Makeup:

  1. Spray on your perfume, deodorant, hairspray
  2. Open lens case and insert your contact lenses
  3. Put on your makeup

Removing Makeup:

  1. Wash and dry your hands
  2. Take your contacts out and follow the directions for care, disposal, or storage
  3. Remove your makeup

What to Avoid

Glitter around the Eyes

Glitter can sometimes flake into your eyes, causing severe scratching—especially if it gets under the contact lens

Hard Pencil Eyeliners

If you wear eyeliner, go for a soft pencil—they don't flake as much as hard pencil eyeliners

Eyelid Margins

Don’t put makeup directly on the eyelid margins (the flat part between the lashes and the eyeball) since it contains oil glands which can get clogged, causing styes and dry eyes

Comfort Tips

Recondition Your Lenses

To keep your lenses fresh and moist, don't forget to recondition your lenses every night with OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® Contact Lens Solution

Consider Hypoallergenic Makeup

If your eyes are sensitive, try switching to hypoallergenic makeup, and consider OPTI-FREE® PureMoist® Contact Lens Solution, which is gentle enough for even the most sensitive eyes

Remove Makeup Particles

Makeup can occasionally stick to contact lenses, causing blurring, itching and drying. Gently rubbing the contact lens with multipurpose solution is the best way to remove makeup particles

TSA permits contact lens solutions to be carried on board a flight.

Check with the TSA for current rules for bringing contact lens solutions in your carry-on luggage.
View and print the TSA guidelines

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