Beauty, Makeup

How to Remove Waterproof Mascara

First off, waterproof mascara is designed to be resistant to water. That right there makes it challenging to remove. You just can’t wash your face and remove waterproof mascara. The good news, however, is that there are tricks you can use. With the right set of tools and tricks, you can easily remove waterproof mascara.

Today, I want to talk about how to remove waterproof mascara using both commercial and natural products. For any of these solutions, make sure to wash your hands first.

Let’s start off with the commercial products.

How to remove waterproof mascara with commercial products

Using commercial products is sometimes easier. Some people prefer commercial products because you can just run to the store, buy the product, and wash your face. Personally, I favor natural products. But I want to give you both options.

Baby shampoo

The first item on the menu is baby shampoo. This is one of the most effective products you can use for removing waterproof mascara. The good news is that baby shampoo is fairly safe for use in sensitive areas. Most baby shampoos are color- and fragrance-free.

To remove waterproof mascara, apply a small amount onto the eyelashes. Make sure to avoid applying shampoo directly in your eyes, of course.

Cold cream

Another commercial product you can use is cold cream. There are several brands that are good, and I don’t want to favor any one over the others. You can remove any stubborn makeup with cold cream (you can use it on your entire face as well).

Start by washing your face with a regular cleanser. Pat your face dry, and then apply cold cream. In this case, the cream serves as a deep conditioner. Allow the cold cream to soak and penetrate your skin for few minutes before wiping it off with a washcloth.

Petroleum jelly

To be fair, I always recommend avoiding petroleum jelly. Use it only as a last resort. Since it’s a gasoline by-product, petroleum jelly is not the safest product to use in the sensitive eye area.

How to remove waterproof mascara with natural remedies

There are many natural products that will do the same job as commercial products. And believe me, you have them at your disposal, for sure. I bet you have several of the products in your kitchen. Let’s take a look.

Olive oil

Mascara is waterproof. Therefore, you need to use the opposite of water, and that’s oil. Any oil will break down the waterproof properties of your mascara and allow you to remove the mascara with minimal wiping.

When you use olive oil, simply pour it on your fingers and rub your eyelashes with the index finger and the thumb. Once your lashes are fully coated, just wipe it off with a cloth.

Coconut oil

Another oil product you can use is coconut oil. Like olive oil, coconut oil breaks down mascara and allows you to wipe it off. In addition, coconut oil keeps your skin hydrated. For a coconut oil natural remedy, get a cotton ball, dab it into the coconut oil, and gently wipe it over your eyes. The mascara will be weakened, and you can now wipe it off with a cloth.

Water solution

For this remedy, you’ll need water, witch hazel, and almond oil. The solution calls for 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, 2 tablespoons of almond oil (you can use jojoba oil as well), and 2 tablespoons of water. Put them into a clean container, shake the solution, and then wipe it on your eyes. You can also use a cotton ball or makeup pad to apply the solution and remove your makeup.

How to properly wash mascara off

Washing and removing mascara is a two-step process. So, the question is how to properly wash mascara off. There are few things you need to pay attention to.

  • Never use a face wash to remove makeup, since it won’t get the job done. Simply put, waterproof mascara is resistant to face wash products.
  • When you use a makeup remover, make sure to find a gentle formula that’s oil-based. The best way to know if the formula is working is to see if it peels off the mascara pigment and rinses off easily. At the same time, your formula should do this without intense scrubbing.
  • When you apply cleansing products, always use natural cotton pads. The area around the eyes is very sensitive, and your delicate skin should not be touched with your fingers.
  • When you apply product, make sure to press it in, and then wipe downward.

Bonus tips

You know I always want to give you some bonus tips and help you maximize the effectiveness of any product. That being said, here are some bonus tips for how to remove waterproof mascara.

  • Never use cleansing cloths on a daily basis. Cleansing cloths and cleansing products are your last resort. Cleansing cloths contain alcohol, and they are designed for the face, not for the sensitive eye area.
  • Don’t use waterproof mascara on a daily basis. Use waterproof mascara only when you have to keep it through the entire day. Waterproof mascara is stressful on the eyes.
  • When you buy cleansing products, always use hypoallergenic products. Even if you don’t have sensitive skin, these products are less harmful.

If all else fails

When you just can’t remove waterproof mascara, get an eye make-up remover. There are many cleansing products on the market you can use to remove waterproof mascara. A good product will remove mascara quickly, effectively, and most importantly, safely. If you wear waterproof mascara often, it might be time to think about investing in a good eye make-up remover. Just make sure to buy one from a well-known, reputable brand.

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