Contact lens wear can be hindered by many factors, including one that is often overlooked: eye makeup. Here are a few tips that can lead to more successful contact lens wear.

  • Avoid hair sprays and spray deodorant as the spray may go into your eyes. If you do use these products, remember that the spray lingers in the air so keep your eyes protected for a short period of time afterward.
  • Put your contact lenses in before applying cosmetics to avoid getting any makeup residue on your lenses. If you do get makeup on your contacts, rinse them thoroughly.
  • Use only water-based mascara and eye makeup remover labeled as hypoallergenic or for sensitive eyes. Avoid waterproof mascara as it contains mineral spirits and petroleum distillates, which are irritating.
  • Choose cream eyeshadows because they do not create particle fallout like powdered shadows.
  • Never apply eyeliner to the inner to the inner eyelid margins as it can cause pore blockage. Soft crayon-type pencil liners are less apt to cause flaking than liquids.
  • Remove your contact lenses before using any type of makeup remover around the eyes, including soap and water.
  • Carefully select makeup remover. A water-based product will help avoid the accumulation of grease around the eyes and do an excellent job of thoroughly removing water-based mascara.

We have listed below some of the more popular manufacturers and their products, which are Contact Lens compatible.


ALMAY   Intense I-color; Amazing Lash
BORGHESE   Superiore / State-of-the-Art Mascara
CLINIQUE   Lash Power; Naturally Glossy Mascara; Long Pretty
Lashes; Lash Doubling Mascara; High Impact
COVER GIRL   Lash Blast; Fantastic Lash; Multiplying; Lash Exact;
Pro All-in-One; Volume Exact
ESTEE LAUDER   MagnaScopic; Illusionist Lash XL; More than Mascara
L'OREAL   Telescopic; Volume Shocking; Dual-Ended Feather
Lash; Carbon Black Double Extend Voluminous;
Lash Architect; Double Extend; Panoramic Curl;
Curved Brush Voluminous; Full-Definition Voluminous
MAYBELLINE   XXL Curl Power; Sky High Curves; Super Volume'
Express; Intense XXL Volume + Length; Wonder Curl;
Lash Expansion Mascara; Define-A-Lash; Great Lash;
Illegal Lengths; Lash Discovery; Lash Stylis
MARY KAY   Endless Performance Mascara
MAX FACTOR   2000 Calorie; Lash Enhancer; Stretch & Separate;
No Color/Natural; Lash Lift; Lash Perfection
NEUTROGENA   Full volume Fortifying Mascara; Weightless Volume
Wax-Free Mascara
PHYSICIANS FORMULA   To Any Lengths Mascara; Plentifull Thickening Mascara;
Lash-in-a-Tube; F.L.A.T.; Exerc' Eyes
REVLON   3-D Extreme Mascara; Lash Fantasy; Fabulash;
Luxurious Lengths Mascara
ALMAY   Bring Out Eyeliner; Blendable Eye Pencil
BORGHESE   Eye Accents Pencil
CLINIQUE   Quickliner for Eyes; Cream Shaper
COVER GIRL   Perfect Blend; Pro-All in One; Perfect Point Plus;
Outlast Smoothwear; Brow & Eye Makers
ESTEE LAUDER   Artist's Eye Pencil; Automatic Eye Pencil Duo
L'OREAL HIP   (high-intensity pigment); Lineur Intense; Pencil
Perfect; Wearinfinite; LeKohl Pencil
MAYBELLINE   Define-A-Line; Expert Wear Soft Lining Pencil
PHYSICIANS FORMULA   Eye Definer Automatic Eye Pencil; Eyebrightener
Pencil; Brightening Pencil Duo
REVLON   Brown Fantasy Pencil and Gel; Colorstay
ALMAY   Bright Eyes Color Cream Shadow
BORGHESE   Shadow Milanio Trio
CLINIQUE   Touch Tints; Touch Base; Pair of Shades; Colour Surge
ESTEE LAUDER   Pure Color Eye Shadow Duo
L'OREAL   Soft Effects Liquid Eye Shadow
NEUTROGENA   Skin Soothing Eye Tints
MAYBELLINE   Cool Effect Cream Eyecolor
PHYSICIANS FORMULA   Talc-Free Mineral Eye Shadow; Mosaic Cream Shadow;
Baked Collection
REVLON   Eyeglide; Colorstay; Colorstay with Soft Flex
ALMAY   Non-Oily Eye Makeup Remover (lotion, pads or gel);
Gentle Gel Eye Makeup Remover
BORGHESE   Gel Delicato
CLINIQUE   Naturally Gentle Eye Makeup Remover; Rinse-Off Eye
Makeup Solvent; Take The Day Off
COVER GIRL   Clean Makeup Removers
ESTEE LAUDER   Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
L'OREAL   Eye Makeup Remover
NEUTROGENA   Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes; Oil-Free Eye
Makeup Remover
PHYSICIANS FORMULA   Eye Makeup Remover Lotion or Pads; Vital Lash Oil
Free Makeup Remover
POND'S   Cleansing and Makeup Remover Towelettes
REVLON   ColorStay


Cleaning Tips for RGB Contact Wearers

If your lenses continue to fog when you put them on trying these steps:

Woman putting contact in eye

  1. Wash your hands immediately before handling lenses with non-cream dish soap. Usually, any dish soap that has color is good.
  2. Rinse your hands off until they are "squeaky" clean.
  3. Rinse the lens off in water and wash it with the same soap, rubbing lightly between your fingers. Try to create some lather.
  4. Rinse the lenses off while continually, lightly rubbing them with water until they feel "squeaky" clean.
  5. Take 5-10 drops of the conditioning solution and rub the solution onto the lenses for about 20 seconds.
  6. Now place the lens in your eye, or run it under water for 1-2 seconds before placing it into the eye.
  7. If it still fogs, repeat all the steps except rubbing in more conditioning solution.
  8. If it still fogs, you may have something on it and need to bring the lens in to be professionally polished.


If your contact lens tears in the middle when you take it out of the case or blister pack, chances are you damaged the lens with your fingernail when you took it out. It might be just a partial tear and will not fully tear for a few days.

  • Spill the solution out of the case, and very gently grab the edge of the lens. Even very slight pressure from your fingernails can tear a lens. Lenses can be stretched but are easily penetrated by any perpendicular object, almost like a knife going through soft butter.

If your lenses tear on the edge, chances are you are getting the lenses caught in the case when closing.

  • Put the lens in the case first, and then fill the case until the lens is submerged. Don't fill the case up to the top.

Of course, there is always the possibility that the lens is a bad batch. If you are having problems, please call the office; we will do whatever it takes to remedy the problem.


Are you experiencing other issues with your contacts?
Call Skowron Eye Care today at (630) 834-6244 to discuss a solution to your problem with Dr. Skowron or a knowledgeable member of his staff!

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