Brides who wear contact lenses should take extra care with makeup selection and application, according to Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC.

Tearing and irritation, while a minor annoyance, could lead to more serious problems during or after the wedding, according to Dr. Zuraida Zainalabidin.

When shopping for makeup, choose a water-based, hypoallergenic liquid foundation – instead of cream – to prevent leaving a film on your lenses. You should avoid lash-extending mascara, which has fibers that can irritate the eyes, and waterproof mascara, which cannot be easily removed with water and may stain soft contact lenses.

On your wedding day, don't use hand creams or lotions before handling contacts; they can leave a film on your lenses. Use an oil-free moisturizer. Put on soft contact lenses before applying makeup. Rigid gas-permeable lenses should go on after makeup is applied.

In addition to makeup application, tinted contact lenses can produce a dramatic effect for the day. A bride can change her eye color from blue to green or transform brown eyes to blue. Inappropriate use of tinted lenses or lenses that do not fit your eyes correctly can cause serious damage.

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