How to Remove Waterproof Mascara Without Brutally Ripping Out All of Your Eyelashes in the Process

Your mascara wand is infected [with bacteria] as soon as you use it!…Although many cosmetics contain preservatives…over time bacteria will accumulate. This can lead to bacterial infections like styes or pinkeye – Visionsource

I know many women who swear by stay-fast, budge-proof, waterproof mascara. Do you wear it? I love it, but hate trying to get it all off at night.

I went searching for some tried and tested advice on how to remove waterproof mascara. Follow this process to take off your mascara without damaging the delicate skin around your eyes or your lashes.

Step 1. Remove All Eye Makeup Prior to Washing Your Face

That’s right, don’t jump straight into the shower and start scrubbing at your entire face! You need to start with your eyes. Work to remove the most stubborn makeup first. Then go through the next steps to ensure that you are left with smooth, thoroughly cleansed skin.  

Step 2. Use an Oil-Based Eye Makeup Remover

If you are using a mascara that is waterproof, using oil will make it easier to remove. Oil will break down the pigments and other properties in the mascara that make it resistant to water.

Step 3. Use Gentle Gauze, Cotton or Q-Tips

Never use a towel or tissue to remove makeup. These are way too abrasive and rough to use on your eyes. 

Instead, use squares of muslin or gauze (you can wash and reuse them), or cotton pads.

Thoroughly soak two cloth or cotton pads with your makeup remover. Press gently against your lashes and allow the remover to dissolve the makeup. Hold the pads in place for at least 30 seconds. Most importantly never rub at your eyes.

Gently wipe the pads downwards and then get a clean pad and wipe off any excess remover .

Use a Q-tip to get into areas like the creases or between lashes.

Step 4. Go Over Your Eyes with Makeup Remover Wipes

You should have most of the waterproof eye makeup off by this stage. However, if you find that there is still some makeup left, all you need to do is give each eye a gentle wipe with a makeup remover towelette.

Go for individually wrapped alcohol-free facial cleansing wipes. These won’t dry out and are much better for your skin as they don’t contain harsh preservatives.

Step 5. Wash Your Face with a Gentle Cleanser

This final step will get the last tiny traces of eye makeup off as well as any other cosmetics you are wearing. Don’t forget to finish off your nighttime skincare regimen with a nourishing eye cream. Multi-step cleansing can dry out your skin. 

Bonus Tips on How to Remove Waterproof Mascara and Protect Your Lashes

Professional makeup artist Suzy Gerstein has a fabulous trick for foolproof mascara removal. She suggests that before applying the waterproof mascara, to apply a base coat of regular mascara. This will protect your lashes as the waterproof mascara is not directly on the hairs. Plus, it make it so much easier to remove at the end of the day.  

In addition, don’t use waterproof eye makeup every day. Only wear it when you need your eye makeup to stay firmly in place, for example weddings and other special occasions. 


Click on the link below to purchase Savvy Travelers’ makeup remover wipes. They make taking off waterproof mascara a breeze!Take Offz


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