Don’t Use Your Lip Products On Your Eyes!


Thanks to the wonderful world of YouTube, there have been a lot of makeup tips and tricks that have been floating around; but keep in mind that not all those “makeup hacks” are safe.

There’s been a makeup challenge in particular that has really caught our eye: The One-Product Makeup Challenge. In these challenges we’ve seen a lot of cheek products as eyeshadows, lip pencils as brow definers, and liquid lipsticks as eyeliners. Now, we applaud the ingenuity of everyone who’s tried and passed this challenge with flying colours—but then again there’s the idea of a product being “lip-safe” and/or “eye-safe.”

If you think about it, we have a lot of liquid, cream, or powder product that are similar in consistency and formulation. To the eye, their only differences are the designation of that item as a specific cosmetic product and the part of the face it’s meant to be applied on; but there’s good reason for these distinctions.

When you check out the ingredient list of any makeup item, you can see where lip and eye products diverge from the rest. The pigments and colour additives in lip products are strictly vetted by the FDA to ensure non-toxicity; and the selection of pigments and additives only narrow down for eye products to ensure that users would not be risking irritation (best case scenario) or blindness (worst case scenario). It’s because of these strict guidelines that eye and lip products don’t have as many iterations of formulas as face products; and that eye products don’t have the same extensive range of colours as lip products.

You can’t really glue this stuff to your eyes. (Via Beauty Insider)

Being that you can’t use lip products on your eyes, what about the reverse? The answer is that you can. Since the pigments that go into eye products have already been evaluated to be safe for a sensitive membranous area, you can definitely use them on your lips. Just be careful about it! The mouth can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so make sure to sanitize your product before using it around your eyes again.


A shimmery highlight may give the same payoff as an eyeshadow or a center-of-the-lip accent, but it doesn’t mean that it has any business around your eyes or mouth. The important thing when getting into cosmetics is knowing about the products that you use and practicing good technique to avoid any possibilities of risk.

Precautions, however, don’t mean that you need to spend copious amounts of money to get a good makeup look. There are plenty of dual-purpose formulations out there that you can use for various parts of your routine. Read the information on your product carefully and you’ll be surprised at what you can use it for!

Do you think manufacturers should make all products eye-safe? Weigh in below!

Featured images by Sandra Holmbom.