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Health Tip: Using Eye Makeup

(HealthDay News) -- Most women use eye makeup, but it does carry some risk, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says.

The academy suggests how to use eye makeup safely:

  • Infection-causing bacteria may grow in creamy or liquid eye makeup. So throw any unused eye makeup away after three months.

  • If you develop an eye infection, immediately throw out all eye makeup.

  • Never share eye makeup.

  • If you tend to be allergic, introduce only one new eye makeup product at a time.

  • Only apply makeup to clean eyelids. Apply it outside the lash line, away from the eye, to avoid blocking the oil glands of the upper or lower eyelid.

  • Never apply makeup while in a moving vehicle.

  • Do not separate mascara-clumped lashes with sharp items.

  • If you have dry eyes, avoid metallic/glitter, powder or other makeup that flakes.

  • Remove all eye makeup before sleeping.

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