Its your big day. The day that you have dreamed of for years. You’ve got the dress, the best decorations, the perfect hairstyle, and your soulmate is waiting for you at the end of the aisle. The last thing you want ruining your wedding day are dry and itchy eyes from your contact lenses. Here are some easy beauty and makeup tips to ensure that your contacts don’t get in the way of your big day.
1. Wash and Prep Your Hands
Start off clean. If your hands are dirty, the chances of your contacts irritating your eyes after you put them in are very high. So, give your eyes a fighting chance and sanitize your hands before picking up your contacts.
“You should insert your contacts before you do anything like putting on moisturizer or makeup,” optometrist Susan Resnick told Allure magazine. “Anything that’s left on your fingers can transfer onto the lenses, so you want to make sure your hands are squeaky clean.” After you wash your heads, make sure that you dry them all the way. “Tap water has the potential to contain a parasite called an Acanthamoeba that can be dangerous to the eyes, so you never want your contacts or your contact case to come into contact with water,” Resnick said.
2. Oil-Free Products are Your Friends
Oil and eyes do not mix, so try your best to steer clear of oily products, especially around your eyes. “The oils found in creams and eye shadows can sometimes work their way through the natural contours of your face and into your eyes,” says Resnick. “Think of it like salad dressing: Oil and water won’t mix, and your lenses will attract the oil.”
3. Don’t Block the Lid Ledge
The lid ledge is a term used to describe the portion of your eyelid that comes in contact with the surface of your eyeball. People commonly put eyeliner along this line. But, if you continually block this area with makeup, it can lead to dry eyes, which can cause dirty contact lenses or sties.
4. Try Daily Lenses
If you want to make sure your lenses are fresh and clean for your big day, the easiest way to do that is with daily lenses. Acuvue, Avaira Toric and Biofinity XR Toric have some great daily lenses to choose from. These dailies help to ensure that your lenses never have any makeup buildup up and are far less likely to irritate your eyes. If you plan on wearing a lot of makeup for you wedding, which most people do, daily lenses could be the perfect solution.
5. Clean, Clean and Clean Some More
If you don’t want to spring for the daily lenses, two-week lenses will work if they are properly cleaned. Before your wedding day, get in the habit of cleaning your lenses every night with a multipurpose solution. Rub each lens for 15 to 20 seconds to get rid of all the debris from the day and then put them in a case with fresh solution.
Most people forget that when cleaning their contact lenses, they should also clean the case. Make sure you are cleaning your case nightly with contact solution on the days leading up to your wedding.
You can also buy lid wipes to use for your rehearsal dinner and any other events that you might need to wear heavy makeup leading up to your wedding day. These will help ensure that you wake up on your wedding day with fresh eyes that are ready to wear contacts and take in all the details of the special event.