How to remove waterproof mascara

Author: Jasmine Cottan   Date Posted: 7 May 2021 

Are the woes of stubborn waterproof mascara getting you down? Here's how you can efficiently remove stubborn makeup residue without breaking your natural lashes and damaging your skin.


Every girl loves her long-lasting waterproof mascara. It doesn't run when it starts raining and our voluminous lashes stay put even when swimming. But sometimes a waterproof mascara can work too well that not even our favourite micellar water can remove our mascara-laden lashes.

In the end, we find ourselves with broken, sparse looking lashes, panda eyes and clumps of mascara formula stuck onto our pillowcases.

Mascara woes be damned. Here's how you can remove waterproof mascara more efficiently without damaging your eyes and lashes.



Removing waterproof mascara correctly


Instead of using generic wet wipes, use pure cotton balls instead.

1. Wet a cotton ball with an oil-based makeup remover

2. Close your eyes and gently press the cotton ball onto the mascara-coated lashes. Try to avoid getting mascara residue in your eye to avoid infection.

3. Leave the wet cotton ball for about 20 – 25 seconds to ensure the mascara dissolves properly

4. To remove, gently wipe downwards in one direction. Try not to rub the eye in circular motions

5. Repeat the process until the majority of mascara has come off

6. To remove more stubborn makeup clumps, wet a cotton tip with the same oil-based makeup remover and gently run the cotton tip around the roots. Use a clean cotton ball to dab away the residue

7. Once your mascara has removed completely, use a gentle face cleanser to dissolve all traces of makeup residue left on your face

8. Moisturise your face as per usual

You’re going to have to put in a bit more elbow grease if you want to remove your all of your waterproof mascara residue.



Use natural ingredients


If you’re short on cash or don’t have access to an oil-based makeup remover, try using a natural concoction of water, witch hazel, almond and jojoba oil.


Here's how you do it


Combine two tablespoons of witch hazel extract, almond and jojoba oil and water together into a small disposable shampoo bottle and mix well.

Using pure cotton balls, dispense a small amount of your homemade oil-based makeup remover and follow the same cleansing steps as stated above.

Remember to rinse your eyes and face thoroughly with warm water and to pat dry before applying your toner and moisturiser. Read below to experience our selection of practical and fast-acting removers for waterproof-based eye makeup.



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Comments (1)

By: Louise Jeffries on 26 September 2019
I like to take water proof mascara off by: 1. Cleaning my face first then my eyes with a milky micellar water and then rinse. This softens the mascara and gets a good lot of 2. Clean my face and then the eyes with a deep cleansing cream - personally I like Olay. This gets most of it 3: Then I'll use moisturizer on my face then take a cotton pad and add either an oil based micellar or maybelline eye and lip cleaner (the one seen here). Fold the cotton pad in half and gently place under the lashes. Blink and hold shut a few times. Do the other eye with the other side of the pad. This removes the last of the mascara and moisturizes the lashes. 4: Lastly apply a lash serum and a eye specific moisturizer to the whole eye area. Doing this has stopped the morning panda eye effect. Gives a really clean area to work with and lastly created long healthy looking lashes. I can not remember when I last lost a lash. Since being a kid I've had a thing about lashes and try to make then the main feature of my make up routine.

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