“Is eyeliner on waterline safe?” That’s a question eyeliner lovers have been asking, and since “tightlining” is a makeup technique that’s gaining more and more popularity for everyday wear, I’m afraid this post is gonna be a bit of a bummer.
While eyeliners today have been tested for safety, and while technically applying eyeliner on waterlines are “safe”, it doesn’t exactly mean it’s good for your eyes.
Since the eyeliner is so close to your eye, potential bacteria, infection and other nasties may come about. But still, I know many absolutely love this look, so there are a few ways to keep it as clean, safe and hygienic as possible.
Save this ultra-glam look for special occasions. Ophthalmologists strongly advise against it, especially if you are sensitive to eye makeup, but if you really have to, don’t do it so often – hopefully, this will minimize the risk.
One ‘layer’ is enough. One layer of eyeliner is more than enough – don’t go over your inner rims with several layers of eyeliner. Going over your waterline with eyeliner will clog the glands, which could cause meibomitis, or irritate them, which could cause blepharitis – two things I deal with regularly, and I can tell ya – it ain’t fun!
Sharpen your eyeliner pencil each time. This mean you have a clean, new product each time so less risk.
Clean your pencil sharpener regularly. Clean/disinfect your sharpener at least once a week.
And of course, remove your eye makeup as soon as you get home. (Check out my picks for the best makeup removers.)