Cataract surgery removes cloudy lenses and replaces them with artificial implants to restore clear vision. While this common outpatient procedure has a quick recovery for most, it is best to wait 2-3 weeks before applying eye makeup to avoid potential risks while the eye fully heals. During this time, keep the area clean and moisturized with prescribed drops as needed. Once the incision has mostly healed with no pain or redness, light makeup can be used if all traces are thoroughly before sleep. However, check with your surgeon in case of any issues. Some good options at this point include water-based mascara and conditioning eyeliners, applying carefully to avoid irritation.