Cosmetics – Little Beauty Secrets Your Patients are Keeping From You That Could Mean Big Problems

There’s a whole world of makeup techniques on you tube that you probably have no idea about. Baking, tightlining, strobing, and contouring are the latest. At Dry Eye University, I’ll be speaking about a few of these techniques and how they are affecting your patient’s eyes. You are seeing these patients every day. We all have patients with severe eye pain and dry eye symptoms wearing full eye makeup and a ton of under eye concealer. They hate using drops because their eyes “burn with the fire of a thousand suns.” That’s a direct quote from one of my patients. So, it’s important to understand why. Let’s explore this topic further so we can understand our patients and exactly what they are doing, and I think we may understand why they can be so intolerant to treatment. Let’s get cooking, well, more like baking.


Here are just a few of the things you’ll need.

Baking is a relatively new technique that involves first placing lots of undereye moisturizer to hydrate the undereye skin. So, as a makeup junkie myself, I decided to give this all a try.

I started with my favorite moisturizer, teamine by Revision. It’s got all kinds of good ingredients like vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin C, green tea, sodium hyaluronate, coQ10, and even arnica. I smeared it all under my eye and let it soak in. Next step is to do some color correcting. Color correcting means using weird colors like bright orange under the eyes to cancel out the blue undertones of dark circles. Green is used for redness, and purple is used to help with dullness. I smear this under my eyes and let it dry a bit. I’m not sure if this product is even meant for under the eyes, but it shows up in tons of you tube videos, so it must be okay. Right?

Onto the next step. I take some Nars creamy concealer, and place it all under the eye and use a beauty blender to really push it in near my eyelid margin. I was being conservative compared to what I see in the video tutorials. By the way, a beauty blender is a cone shaped sponge that gets soaked with tap water and squeezed out so that it can blot the makeup and blend it in better. It’s the little pink thing in the picture. Now time for baking. Using a very fine translucent powder, you pack the under eye area. I wish I was wearing a high filtration mask for this step. If the pictures were blurry, they were from a plume of powder in front of the camera lens. This stays on for 5-10 minutes. It made me tear a little bit but not as bad as I would expect, that is, until it was time to sweep it off. Using an oval brush, I manage to keep the plume of powder out of my eye.


Okay, so all baked and looking good. #nofilter

Not feeling so bad, just a little dry, so I decided it was time to put some of my eye drops in.


That was when I felt the burn. My eyes starting watering from the combo of color corrector, concealer and powder making its way into the tear film, and blinking just made it worse. The end result looked so amazing, but wow, that right eye felt horrible. After dabbing and wiping away some powder from the lid margin it got better. I decided to keep it on my right eye only to see how the rest of the night went. My baked up eye felt so dry, I could literally feel my lids sticking together. But, it looks so amazing. But, it made my eyes hurt. But, I look five years younger. But, I literally can feel every blink. This is a problem. And this is what our patients are thinking and doing. So how do you counsel patients on makeup use? Should they stop wearing it completely? What makeup techniques are okay? What kind of makeup is best? Well, hopefully we will see you in October for Dry Eye University so we can help you with the answers to these questions!