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Here's all the ways your makeup is damaging your eyes (and it's pretty terrifying)

It's all in the technique.

06 Oct 2018

Yes, we love mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow too, but when used incorrectly, it can lead to a whole host of ominous problems.

We've called on the best experts in the business to shed a light on the dangers your eye makeup habits and techniques could be having on your peepers.

Your eyeliner application technique can cause wrinkles

Dr Shirin Lakhani (www.elite-aesthetics.co.uk) says that applying eye makeup such as eyeliner to the eye can cause wrinkles over time; just as any repeated movement does.

She explained: "Rubbing and pulling on the delicate skin around the eyes can, in time, cause the skin of the eyelids to lose elasticity which can cause fine lines to worsen." She advises applying makeup gently and rather than tugging at the skin to pull it taut for application, use a cotton bud and makeup remover to tidy up any errors.

Choose oil-free makeup products

Look for makeup products that are oil-free, alcohol-free and with a water base. Oil-based and ointment-based makeup is much more likely to clog pores and result in a breakout or milia.

Oil in makeup and makeup removers can be a big contributor to issues in skin causing problems such as pigmentation, redness, rosacea, dehydration, acne and ageing to name but a few. As the eye skin is substantially thinner than the rest of the face, this can lead to faster degradation of the skin.

Take note of expiry dates

Most women are completely unaware that their cosmetics are a potential breeding ground for harmful bacteria after their expiration date. It is not simply a matter of products no longer performing to optimum standard; old makeup can actually be harmful to our health.

"Harbouring bacteria, expired makeup can result in irritation, acne and eye infections. So, as a general rule, I would suggest that you should replace your mascara every three months and eyeliner and eye shadow every six to twelve months," said Dr Shirin Lakhani.

Clean your brushes

"Remember to clean brushes and sponges to apply your makeup and avoid using your fingers to access the product in the container."