Hey I'm a make-up girl!
Wouldn't be seen dead without it! Don't care if anyone thinks I'm a sad git because spending 10 minutes once in a day doing something which makes me feel better seems pretty tame compared to the plastic surgery procedures people are prepared to pay for.
Here are my make-up experiences and recommendations;
I've worn make-up for 30 years, as long as I've been diagnosed with KC and have never once had an eye infection. I've had 2 transplants and wear RGP's.
I follow a few simple rules - wash my hands and never put eye pencil on the inside
rim of the eyes as this is not skin, it's a mucous membrane.
Always be careful with sharpening eye pencils - make sure there are no little bits of wood sticking out.
I have good make-up brushes [MAC, Bobby Brown and Cosmopolitan - they are bargains] and I wash them with baby shampoo once a month to keep them clean.
I never share make-up or brushes.
I always remove eye make-up at night using the appropriate remover and here's my technique - I use Johnstone's cotton buds and cotton pads. I soak a couple of buds and a pad in the remover, and another pad in plain water. I gently place the pad soaked in remover against the lashes, then rest the lashes against my index finger and 'roll' the bud along the lashes. This means I don't rub my eyes. After I've removed the make-up, I wipe over with the the other pad, then flush out the eyes with Hypromellose to ensure there is no residue of the remover.
If you can't see with a normal magnified mirror, try the extra strength magnification, you can get them 10 times stronger and some you can even stick against the wall with a sucker thingy.
Failing that, take up the offers of assistance!
I've tried all kinds of make-up from really cheap to expensive brands and some of this is just personal preference but in my experience the eyeshadows I find which don't flake as much as others are MAC, Bobby Brown and Sue Devitt. As for eye pencils, I find MAC the easiest to apply and remove, they also do waterproof versions.
Waterproof mascara's are a must for lens wearers really, in my experience the best one I've used is 'Amplicils' by Lancome [and their remover is good too]. When I've used drops or had a full blown lens 'wobbly' it doesn't run. I look for mascara's which are ophthalmologist tested and change them every 2 months.