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Tricks (and treats) Tips For Protecting Your Eyes This Halloween‏

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Make-up, face-paint, colored contacts, false eyelashes – Halloween can be pretty scary when it comes to eye health. This October, you can ensure that your families’ costumes not only look great, but also support healthy vision too. We are gearing up for Halloween so I want to be sure my girls are safe and that they have fun with their costumes. VSP Eyecare Tips Halloween (3)

One of the most important thing about applying makeup and false eyelashes is making sure you buy quality FDA approved products. It also also very import went applying things like eyelashes that you stay away from the lash line and thus further away from the eye. Putting a simple color above the eye and along the side with glitter on the cheeks allows your little one to feel fabulous while making sure you protect their eyes. VSP Eyecare Tips Halloween (1)

VSP Vision Care, the nation’s largest not-for-profit vision care company, put together a list of tips and tricks for creating costumes that keep your eyes healthy.

Top Five Ways to Protect Your Eyes on Halloween

  1. Beware of decorative or “costume” lenses. Decorative lenses might include cheap plastic materials or toxic dyes. Also, individuals unfamiliar with wearing contacts may not insert or remove them correctly. You could scratch your cornea, have an allergic reaction, get an eye infection, or even go blind. However, if you insist on wearing contacts for Halloween get a proper examination and prescription from your eye doctor. Visit an eyecare professional immediately if you experience eye redness, vision blurriness, or eye discomfort.
  2. Don’t use non-FDA approved makeup. Even hypoallergenic makeup products can cause a negative skin reaction. Watch out for signs of irritation, a skin rash, itching, or minor swelling. You should test a small amount of makeup on your arm a few days before you wear it to make sure it is safe.
  3. Don’t sleep in your makeup. Remove all of your makeup before you go to bed to prevent skin irritation by following the directions explicitly stated on your makeup product. For example, the directions may tell you to use a cold cream, or just soap and water.
  4. Don’t apply makeup near your eyes. Products referred to as “makeup” may not be intended for your eyes. Always avoid applying makeup other than eyeliner and eye shadow in the lid margin and lash line.
  5. Don’t dye eyebrows or eyelashes. The FDA has never approved using hair dye on eyebrows and eyelashes. This can cause an allergic reaction, such as irritation, or swelling around the eye area, or even blindness. Stick to using an eyebrow pencil or mascara for eyebrows and eyelashes. intellectual disability

See more Halloween Safety Tips on the SeeMuchMore.com website.

How are you protecting your kiddos eyes this Halloween?


  1. Nicole on October 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Awesome tips for makeup for Halloween, especially if your little one is being a princess. Very helpful!

  2. Dominique on October 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    My kids are still young, so we are just chose costumes that wouldn’t have makeup. These are great tips for those that are though!

  3. Tiffany (A Mom's Take) on October 28, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    My children’s costumes usually don’t require any sort of make up or anything near the eyes. But these are great tips, just in case.

  4. candice on October 28, 2014 at 8:33 am

    that is so beautiful. my daughter is going as elsa too. we have a face painter coming this weekend for her halloween party. great tips!

  5. Liz Mays on October 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

    Great advice on being ultra careful about which products you’re using and how close they’re getting to eyes! Her Frozen makeup look is adorable!

  6. Kristin Wheeler (@MamaLuvsBooks) on October 27, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Great tips! I always worry about anything happening with the eyes!

  7. Ann Bacciaglia on October 27, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    These are some great tips to help protect the eyes. I am always worried about the glue for the false lashes. I will have to look for some that are FDA approved. I love the little girls makeup she looks adorable.

  8. Dawn on October 27, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Oh, she is a DOLL! You did such a good job with that makeup. Love it!

  9. Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet on October 27, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Great tips. My daughter had an allergic reaction to the cheapo Halloween makeup she borrowed from a neighbor – the stuff you buy at the grocery store. Her face turned into one big hive. Luckily, most of the other makeup she has is professional quality “special effects” makeup her dad got for her to make bruises, black eyes, monster looks, etc. (She loves doing that kind of thing.) So from now on we only buy the good stuff for her.

  10. Tammi @ My Organized Chaos on October 27, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    Great tips, I try to avoid face makeup on Halloween for this reason – but you make me want to try fake eyelashes on the kids – they’d go so great with their costumes!

  11. Nolie on October 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Your daughter looks so wonderful! My hands aren’t steady enough for me to try this.

  12. Amy D on October 27, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    These are some great tips! My kids have sensitive eyes so using the right products is important!

  13. Ashley - Embracing Homemaking on October 27, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    What a pretty, pretty princess! Adorable! Any suggestions on how to draw a beard on with face paint. I’m pretty nervous about that….maybe I should start practicing now.

  14. Cathy Mini on October 27, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    Adorable makeup! I know a lot of girls who are going as the princesses from Frozen, so this post must be super popular

  15. Dee Mauser on October 27, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    I’ve never allowed my kids to wear those crazy looking contacts for Halloween and I preferred to put makeup on their faces rather than having them wear a mask so it’s easier to see, especially in the dark.

  16. Shauna on October 27, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    What great tips. My girls love to wear makeup on special occasions. That Frozen makeup is beautiful, btw

  17. Stefany on October 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    These are all great tips! I love how her makeup turned out. So cute.

    We don’t have any costume that needs makeup this year thank goodness!

  18. Stacey - Travel Blogger on October 27, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    I’ve never used Halloween makeup that close to my eyes before. I don’t have a particularly strong opinion about it. I’ve just never had a costume that needed makeup like that.

  19. Mama to 5 BLessings on October 27, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    So cute! Love the eyelashes, my daughter would love this if she saw this!

  20. Courtney on October 27, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    I love the look of Halloween makeup, but I never put it around my daughter’s eyes. It’s just not worth it to me.

  21. Jennifer on October 27, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    These are great tips. I never use Halloween makeup on my face. I have really sensitive skin. For those who can, it’s still a good idea to be careful.

  22. Amanda on October 27, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    good tips. This is why I’m only letting Sam use eye liner and eye shadow to do her black swan makeup

  23. Masshole Mommy on October 27, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    My oldest wears glasses, but other than that we’re not doing anything out of the ordinary. None of our costumes call for anything having to do with our eyes.