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5 Quick Fixes for Removing Waterproof Eye Makeup

Makeup won't budge? We can help. Here's how to remove waterproof eye makeup

Five Quick Fixes for Removing Waterproof Eye Makeup

We love our waterproof mascara and liquid eyeliner. Waterproof eye makeup is our best friend when we are at the beach or pool. We wouldn’t be without it when we attend a wedding, especially our own. It’s our favorite companion for watching a tear-jerker movie. But that same loyal companion who sticks to us like glue through all of the tough and emotional moments of our life, can become that annoying friend that won’t take a hint and leave when bedtime comes. Instead, it becomes clingy and maybe even stalker-like. It just doesn’t want to go away without a fight.

Sometimes trying to wash off our eye makeup can result in over-scrubbed skin and maybe even the loss of a few precious eyelashes. So how do we remove our waterproof eye makeup without a struggle? Read on for our quick fixes for removing waterproof eye makeup.

Waterproof Eye Makeup Removing Tips

According to a New York Board Certified dermatologist, harsh scrubbing around the sensitive eye area stretches the thin skin and breaks down the structural elastin proteins. This can actually increase the likelihood of fine lines and sagging skin forming in the eye area.

Below are some tips for removing waterproof eye makeup without damaging your skin or losing some eyelashes.

The Bold Hold: Put makeup remover on a pad and hold it firmly in place against your eyelashes for thirty seconds. This allows it to break up the tough adhesives in the product. Then gently wipe off with a warm, damp cloth. This is much easier on the skin around your eyes, and on your eyelashes themselves, than scrubbing and rubbing with soap or skin cleansers.

Ditch the Dailys: Don’t use makeup removing cleansing cloths daily, even if they are labeled for daily use. While these are good to keep in your nightstand for those late nights when you are too tired (or tipsy) to properly wash and remove your makeup, they typically contain alcohol and preservatives to keep them moist and fresh, and these remain on your skin overnight. This can be very drying to your skin.

Ooh, Baby! Use baby shampoo to remove your eye makeup. Take a small amount of baby shampoo and apply it to your eyes on a damp cotton ball or makeup remover pad. Gently rub in a circular motion and then rinse. Baby shampoo is gentle and hypoallergenic, and specially formulated to be gentle on the eyes. Just don’t try this with regular shampoo!

Mother Knows Best: Your mother probably removed her makeup with cold cream, and she knew what she was doing. Not only does cold cream do a great job removing waterproof eye makeup, it is a good choice for makeup removal on your full face. Let the cold cream sit on your face and soak in for a minute or two and then wipe it off with a warm, damp cloth.

Oil of Away: Oil and water don’t mix, and since water alone does not remove waterproof mascara, you’ll find that oil does. However, it’s a good idea to skip the petroleum jelly around your eyes and instead try dabbing olive oil, almond oil, or coconut oil, onto your eye area with clean fingers and then wipe gently away with tissues, cotton balls, or makeup removing pads.

Prevent Waterproof Mascara From Adhering Directly Onto Your Lashes

Many makeup artists recommend coating your eyelashes with a layer of regular mascara before applying a waterproof mascara. This serves a dual purpose. You are still protected from developing raccoon eyes in a rainstorm, but your mascara will wipe off much easier than if you had two coats of waterproof mascara. Also, frequent use of waterproof mascara can cause your eyelashes to become brittle. Using a first coat of regular mascara will protect your eyelashes from the negative effects of the waterproof mascara.

In general, it’s better to wear non-waterproof mascara and eyeliner for daily use and save the waterproof eye makeup for those times when need your eye makeup to stick to you like glue through the happy tears.

Resources — Elle.com, Marie Claire, Byrdie