How to Remove Waterproof Mascara

When it comes to mascara that can last all day, waterproof mascara is the first choice. Waterproof mascara adds length as well as volume to your lashes and makes your eyes look beautiful and it stays on the eye lashes for quite some time. Basically, you don’t have to worry about smudging the mascara when your face comes in contact with water. Amongst waterproof mascara ingredients there are various volatile solvents and a substance called isododecane that help the mascara to last for hours on your lashes. Be it the beach or a rainy day, waterproof mascara will remain as it is for a longer period of time.

Apply waterproof mascara

But there is one BIG problem with any waterproof mascara. It can be quite a challenge to remove them after a long day. Also, while removing waterproof mascara you need to be extra careful or else you will end up pulling some of your eye lashes, irritating the skin around your eyes, or even developing an eye infection.

Waterproof mascara

Here are some easy procedures to get the most stubborn waterproof mascara off your lashes without any side effects.

Remove waterproof mascara with cleanser:


The easiest way to remove waterproof mascara is by using a good facial cleanser. Don’t rub harshly just gently massage the cleanser in a circular motion over your eyes and lashes. Doing this allows the cleanser to do its job and start dissolving the mascara. Then rinse well with normal water. But there is one problem with this procedure. You need to be extra careful to make sure the cleanser does not go inside your eyes as this can cause irritation. This procedure is not for those with very sensitive skin or eyes.

Remove waterproof mascara with mascara remover:

Mascara remover

There are many good waterproof eye makeup removers in the market such as is Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover,  Chanel Precision Eye Makeup Remover, Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover and Elizabeth Arden All Gone Eye Makeup Remover. Take a soft makeup wipe or a cotton ball and dab a little of eye makeup remover can carefully wipe the mascara. Once the eye lashes are clean, wash them with water.

Remove waterproof mascara with petroleum jelly:

Petrolium jelly
Petroleum jelly is a natural and cost effective way to remove water proof mascara. Just coat your lashes with petroleum jelly by using your fingers. Now wait for about 5 minutes and then use a cotton ball or pad dipped in warm water to remove all the petroleum jelly. Make sure the petroleum jelly does not go inside your eyes.
Remove waterproof mascara with baby oil:

Remove mascara with baby oil

Baby oil can also be quite useful in removing waterproof mascara. But you need to be careful as baby oil can hamper the eyes as it has petroleum in it. Use a clean cotton ball and dab some baby oil on it and close your eye and position the cotton ball on the bottom side of your lashes. Later on wipe the lashes with the cotton ball until your eye lashes are clean. Instead of baby oil, you can also use baby shampoo for cleaning your lashes. Usual baby shampoos have no tear formula so it doesn’t hurt your eyes.
Remove waterproof mascara with coconut oil:

Remove mascara with coconut oil

You can easily and effortlessly take off your waterproof mascara and other eye makeup by dabbing coconut oil on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes. When using coconut oil to remove mascara, apply it to a cotton pad and hold it over the lashes for about 30 seconds to give the oil time to break down the mascara. Later on wash your face with warm water.

Remove waterproof mascara with olive oil:

Remove mascara with olive oil

Olive oil is a great choice to remove waterproof mascara in a very easy manner. Before applying olive oil directly on your eye lashes, you need to splash some water on the eyelids. Now dab a cotton ball in olive oil and gently press it on your eyelashes. Keep your eyes close so that the olive oil does not go into the eyes. Let it stay for a minute on your lashes then slowly wipe it away.  Finally wash your face with clear lukewarm water. Another benefit of olive oil is that it keeps the delicate skin around your eyes looking great! Also you can use olive oil to remove all your face makeup, even theater makeup.
Remove waterproof mascara with anti-aging serum:

Remove mascara with anti-aging serum

There are many anti-aging serums like the Miessence Rejuvenessence Serum that can be used to remove waterproof mascara. Miessence Rejuvenessence Serum is a powerful blend of organic rosehip seed, avocado and jojoba oil with organic rose, calendula and carrot. Even though anti-aging serum is good for removing waterproof mascara, it is not the cheapest option. However, if you can afford them you can easily remove your waterproof makeup.
Some Important Points:

Remove mascara softly

  • It is very important to bear in mind that the above procedures does not apply to everyone. For instant, if you are allergic to coconut oil or some soap, you cannot use such ingredients to remove the mascara from your eyelashes. Eye irritation or allergic reaction can cause a lot of discomfort. So, it is essential to find out which procedure for removing waterproof mascara is suitable for you and your skin type.
  • When removing waterproof mascara, you need to be as gentle as possible as the area around your eyes is sensitive.
  • No matter which procedure you are following to remove waterproof mascara, always wash your face properly at the end. Use warm water, and rinse your eye area to make sure it is totally clean.
  • At the end apply eye cream or moisturizer to keep your eye area happy. Makeup remover tends to dry out the skin so keeping your skin moisturized is especially important.

To conclude, the above mentioned procedure will allow even the most stubborn waterproof mascara to disappear with minimal tugging or stress on your lashes. However it is always important to use the best mascara that are waterproof and any products that you use to remove them.

One thought on “How to Remove Waterproof Mascara

  1. Paulette

    It is a challenge to remove waterproof mascara, I have been using the baby oil
    and yes I notice i have lost a lash or 2 not good. It looks nice but the removal
    process does take some time. Im not sure if its worth the lost of lashes!!!


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