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Beauty may be important, but health and safety are paramount

Alluring as these trendy eyes are, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure they do not affect your eye health.

Coloured contacts

Pick your colour, pop them in and you have a new look in seconds. Fashion contacts can be easily bought from accessory and costume stores, but are they safe?

While make-up and clothes are worn on the skin, contacts are placed in the eye for at least 12 hours. Serious infections can result from cheap contacts made of low-grade material the lens of your eye may be scratched from an ill-fitting contact, which could lead to blindness.

Seek the professional advice of an optometrist as your eyes are delicate features.

Eyebrow embroidery

Also known as microblading, this technique uses very small blades to scrape ink over the eyebrow in the desired shape. The effect is natural looking but semi permanent eyebrows that last between one and three years.

Eyebrows should only be embroidered by qualified and licensed beauticians. A salon that is unregistered and employs inexperienced beauticians may make you susceptible to complications.

Given the skin breakages involved, infections, including those of blood-borne viruses such as HIV are possible at the hands of untrained individuals.

Ensure the salon of choice is licensed and hygiene of the premises and equipment are looked after before setting an appointment.

Eyelash extensions

These long, lush lashes come in a range of styles, materials and prices. Although the lashes themselves are harmless to the wearer, there is the possibility of an allergic reaction to the glue. Speak up if you feel a burning or itching sensation during the procedure.

Bear in mind that these lashes require high maintenance. The first 24 hours after the procedure, you cannot get them wet and no mascara is allowed on. As the lashes start to fall, often, you may pull out your natural lashes trying to get them off, resulting in a reduced length of your natural lashes.

Be sure that your stylist is qualified. Never compromise your health in the name of beauty.



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