The Best Mascara for Contact Lens Wearers

Use these formulas to keep sensitive eyes feeling and looking healthy. 

Photo by Christopher Griffith

This article originally appeared on MIMI

I love my glasses, but on days when I want to show off my (expertly applied) winged liner, contacts are always the way to go. 

I find my eyes becoming extra dry or easily red, especially in the warmer months. I'm looking at you, sleepy beach naps! So, in order to keep my eyes (and eye makeup) under control I am constantly trying to find different ways to help. Enter: the perfect mascara. 

Out of all the products that touch my face, mascara is one of the biggest contributors to my eyes feeling dry when I wear contacts. 

I scoured the Internet for formulas that would help and found 3 front-runners that keep my eyes feeling and looking healthy. 

Estée Lauder Waterproof Sumptuous Mascara

This mascara is a godsend, and the application is essential to keeping my eyes healthy. It goes on feeling moist, and doesn't dry out my contacts before I even start the day. Also, the waterproof formula is perfect for those summer days by the water. I don't have to reapply as often when I'm at a pool party or fear my mascara will be dripping down my face by lunchtime. 

Too Faced Mascara Better Than Sex Mascara

The name is pretty accurate. On days I want a thicker lash look, this mascara is my favorite. I can layer it as many times as I want without my lashes feeling like they have turned to brittle. It's also one of the easiest mascaras for me to take off. A simple makeup wipe will do the trick and my eyes don't get irritated. 

Maybelline Colossal Mascara:

Last on the list, but still a big contender in my makeup bag, Colossal is the best of both worlds. The brush makes application even and the mascara does not feel dry. I can still use my eye lash curler a few hours later without damage to my lashes. 

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it's always important to keep our eyes healthy.