Post # 1
Ok so I have been concerned about my makeup for the big day coming up. I wear contacts and have allergies and my eyes get red and irritated very easily. Wearing a lot of eye makeup only seems to make my eyes hurt more and makes them more red.
I got my makeup done at Sephora this past summer for a friend’s wedding and I told the lady I have sensitive eyes with contacts and she promised to be mindful. I ended up with waterproof makeup coating my contacts that wouldn’t come off. I literally couldn’t see! I had to drive from the mall to the church with blurred vision and then have my fiance rush over a fresh set of contacts for me to pop in real quick before photos. Then my eyes were bloodshot the entire night. I felt very, very ugly :/
I did my makeup for our engagment photos and kept it to a minimum, however because I’m no pro, in our photos it looks like I’m not wearing any makeup, which is not ideal. I realize now you have to wear a bit heavier makeup for it to show up in photos.
My bridesmaids all think I need to get my makeup done for the wedding, but I’m just worried I’ll run into problems with my contacts again. I don’t want to risk looking like I did for my friend’s wedding, I just felt awful with my eyes being so irritated.
Does anyone else have trouble with makeup and contacts? Any certain products or advice? I’ve only worn contacts for almost a year now and I use Acuvue Oasys.
Post # 3
I have contacts and sensitive eyes too, but I very rarely have problems with makeup. Have you tried any of the Almay products? I know they have (or at least used to have) makeup that is labelled as safe for contacts. I use Benefit, Make Up Forever, Rimmel and Hard Candy on my eyes and have had no issues.
My best advice is to make sure you have rewetting drops with you at all times. Also, if you plan to line your eyes, avoid the tight line and water line. You can just line above your lashes. Also, instead of using liner to line under your bottom lashes, you can use a liner brush with a dark shade of eye shadow.
Also carry a little concealer and some powder in case you have to do a quick removal and rinse off. I’d make a little emergency pack with rewetting drops, saline/multipurpose solution, tissues, oil blotting papers, a fluffy makeup brush, concealer and powder. That should cover any eye issues if they arise!!
Good luck and I hope you can find some products that work well for you!!
Post # 4
@scrinz: I don’t have any advice, but wanted to say that I can commiserate with you! Exact same thing happened to me last weekend! I drove home with one eye and had to toss an otherwise perfectly good monthly contact. This was makeup I had done for my bridal shower.
Post # 5
@scrinz: I wear the same brand of contacts and I use eyeliner from ‘the body shop’ without any problems. Also, about 20-30 mins before you put your contacts in, use a redness reducing eye drop. I’m planning on doing my own make-up for my wedding (I did this for my engagement and boudoir shoots).
Post # 6
@scrinz: I have the same problem… that’s why I am getting LASIK next week.
Seems no matter what I do, my eyes are irritated! I use the same brand of contacts.
I’d just wear your normal eye makeup, maybe wear blush or a bright lipstick to look more ‘done’. It’s not worth irritating your eyes IMO. That or practice doing a heavier eye yourself and use that makeup.
Post # 7
Try make up forever aqua eyes (very pricy though – I think it runs $22 a pot – my favorite is a bronzey taupe color), stila waterproof liquid liner, and Too Faced lashgasm mascara which was a dryish formula which did not smudge on my lower lashes and everything smudges on my lower lashes.