How to Properly Remove Waterproof Mascara

How to Remove Waterproof Mascara

Rain or shine, waterproof mascara is a must-have! It’s what you reach for in hot summer weather when makeup tends to melt and smear. It’s also the go-to product when you want to prevent mascara from smudging in the face of windy, rainy weather.

As you can gather, waterproof mascara is a powerful makeup product that ensures voluminous and smudge-free lashes all day. And with great power comes great responsibility on your part: the removal!

Waterproof mascara is designed to withstand water, sweat, and humidity. And it does that by forming a protective barrier around each eyelash.

While this is great and what you want when you’re going for flawless, day-long makeup, it also means that removing it is not the same as removing regular mascara.

Removing waterproof mascara is tricky and requires caution because you might cause lash fallouts, or if you’re like me, irritate your eyes if they’re already sensitive.

So if you can’t let go of your waterproof mascara and you want to hold on to those long, healthy eyelashes, below is your step-by-step guide on how to properly and effectively remove waterproof mascara using different ways.

1. Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

Waterproof mascara requires a waterproof makeup remover. So before anything else, look for a proper eye makeup remover that’s clearly marketed to remove waterproof makeup. These types of makeup removers tend to be oil-based to tackle that stubborn, waxy mascara. Here’s how to remove waterproof mascara using a makeup remover.

Step 1: Saturate Cotton Pads

Start by saturating a cotton pad with the waterproof makeup remover. I actually use two cotton pads for each eye. Then close your eyes and gently place the pads onto the lashes. Wait a few seconds to allow the makeup remover to break down the mascara so it comes off more easily.

Step 2: Wipe Away the Mascara

Once the mascara has had some time to dissolve, gently wipe the cotton pads downward and outward. Do this a few times on both eyes until most of the mascara has been removed. Avoid rubbing or tugging because that’s usually when you break your lashes.

Step 3: Clean Up the Remaining Mascara

Once you’re done with the cotton pads, use the same makeup remover to saturate a cotton swab and remove stubborn mascara clumps that got stuck on the corners of the eyes or mascara that smeared on the undereye area. Take your time and be gentle to prevent lash fallout.

Step 4: Cleanse Your Face

After successfully removing the waterproof mascara, cleanse your face with a gentle facial cleanser. This step is going to remove any traces of makeup and keep your skin clean and healthy. From here on, finish your skincare routine. If you often wear waterproof mascara, consider using a nourishing lash serum to promote lash growth and maintain healthy lashes.

2. Micellar Water

Micellar water is not the same as a makeup remover. Makeup removers tend to be oil-based whereas micellar waters are usually more watery products. But micellar water is a gentle, milder alternative for removing waterproof mascara and comes in handy when you don’t have a waterproof makeup remover at your disposal. Here’s how to remove waterproof mascara using micellar water.

Step 1: Place the Cotton Pad on Your Lashes

Soak a cotton pad with micellar water. Make sure it’s damp but not dripping. Gently close your eyes and press the soaked cotton pad onto your lashes. Allow it to sit for a few seconds, giving the micellar water time to break down the waterproof mascara as much as it can.

Step 2: Wipe Away the Mascara

After a few seconds, start wiping the cotton pad downward along your lashes’ length until most of the mascara is removed. Here’s the most important part of this method. Avoid too much pressing and going back and forth because you can actually push the mascara deep into your lash roots, making it even more difficult to remove.

Step 3: Wash Your Face

After removing the mascara, you’ll want to cleanse your face thoroughly to remove any residual makeup.

3. Cleansing Oil or Balm

Using a cleansing oil or a cleansing balm is the best way to remove makeup, especially waterproof makeup. This is called double cleansing and it’s the safest way to get rid of eye makeup without damaging your lashes. Double cleansing is an overall better method because it’s all about massaging as opposed to pulling. Here’s how to remove waterproof mascara using a cleansing oil or cleansing balm.

Step 1: Apply the Cleansing Oil or Balm

Take a small amount of the cleansing oil or balm and gently massage it onto your closed eyelids and lashes. Some products require you to wet your skin first whereas others don’t, so remember to check the instructions. The oil/balm will begin to dissolve the waterproof mascara. Be patient and allow the cleansing oil/balm to work its magic for a minute or two.

Step 2: Rinse It Off

Once your mascara is all broken down and you feel like you’ve completely dissolved it, rinse your face with lukewarm water to get rid of the makeup. Alternatively, you can use a cotton pad or a cloth to wipe away the dissolved mascara as you’re about to wash your face anyway.

Step 3: Wash Your Face

As part of double cleansing, use your second cleanser to wash your face and get rid of the dissolved makeup along with any dirt and grime.

4. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil

If you don’t have a makeup remover or a cleansing oil, it’s time to get resourceful. There are a few ways to remove waterproof mascara and even if these methods are not as effective, they ensure there’s minimal to no lash fallouts. You can try olive oil or coconut oil to remove waterproof mascara. Here’s how to do it.

Take a small amount of coconut oil and warm it between your fingertips. If you’re going to use olive oil, you can pour some onto a cotton pad. Gently apply the oil to your closed eyelids and lashes, focusing on the mascara-covered areas.

Let the oil sit on your lashes for a few minutes so that it breaks down waterproof mascara. After that, wash your face with your face cleanser to get rid of any remaining oily residue.

5. Baby Shampoo

It’s no secret that baby products like baby shampoo are some of the gentlest products you can use on your face. While it won’t be as thorough as a makeup remover, it can help you remove your waterproof mascara or at least get rid of most of it. Here’s how to do it.

You can use a baby shampoo just like the way you use a face wash. Simply dampen your face and gently massage the eyelashes using the shampoo.

Give it a few minutes to break down waterproof mascara as much as it can. Rinse your face with water and finish your skincare routine.

So these are the best ways to properly remove waterproof mascara while taking care of your delicate lashes and the skin around your eyes. While waterproof mascara is amazing for special occasions, avoid using it every day because it can dry out your lashes and lead to brittleness. Also, learn how to apply mascara correctly to get the most out of it, which can make you less dependent on waterproof mascara for stunning lashes. And lastly, I’m going to tell you what I tell my friends who ask for makeup advice: don’t buy waterproof mascara if you’re not buying a waterproof makeup remover with it!

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