How to Remove Waterproof Mascara
If you don’t know by now, I have a bit of a mascara addiction. I have tried out countless mascaras. Ranging from volumizing to lengthening, big brushes to fine toothed ones….I can’t even begin to list all of them. I have sensitive eyes and often wear contacts, so at times I have to be careful what I use. I try –try being the operative word– to stick to products deemed safe for contact wearers. But sometimes I just have to have the newest ones! I also like waterproof mascara formulas like the Tarte brand (see link) because I have watery eyes.
Watery eyes to some may mean their eyes water because the wind blew too hard…and that’s true. But I’m also a crier. I cry for commercials or because the Kid did something especially sweet. I cry because sometimes a good cry is as good a stress reliever as exercise. And this is why I invest in a good waterproof mascara. However, taking off said waterproof mascara can be a BIATCH. Obviously, water won’t work. Soap is so not good for you (do not, I beg you, use soap on your lashes!). Some may try to use makeup remover wipes from different brands.
If the wipes don’t work for you, you can try any of the vast assortment of eye makeup removers. They are specially formulated for mascaras and eye makeups, and usually work very well. Many of them are oil-free. Some work better than others. Some cost more. Some promise to hydrate or refine lines. I just want my mascara off.
I’ve tried these sorts of removers, and they do work, although not always quickly. Sensitive eyes may not work well with these products, so be aware of what you’re purchasing.
If you run out of your makeup remover, you can always use what you have on hand. In most bathrooms there is good old fashioned Vaseline. I will not even begin to tout the benefits and uses of Vaseline (for now!). Growing up in a West Indian household it was used for everything. EVERYTHING. This should be used only in a pinch. It works well, but can be too heavy feeling for some.
Most, if not all, pantries should have Olive Oil. Everyone knows how good olive oil is for your skin and body. It’s great for your lashes. Because waterproof mascara won’t come off with water, it makes sense to go the opposite way and use oil. Oil will loosen up the product and make it easy to just swipe it away. You can use your fingertips to gently massage the olive oil into your lashes or use a cotton ball. Olive oil has also been known to help lashes grow, look thicker and healthier.
I use baby oil on my skin everyday, fresh out of the shower. I had a particularly bad time getting off some mascara and didn’t feel like walking ALLLL the way to the kitchen for some olive oil. I figured I could simply put the oil principle to use and make use of my baby oil. I have to say, this is often what I use. It glides on and glides off. Like Buttah!
A steady supply of cotton balls and cotton swabs are in order. With the remover (whichever method you choose to use) on your cotton ball press it against your lashes. Let the product soak into the lashes and using a gentle side to side motion take the excess off. Then gently wipe following the length of your lashes, on both the front and back sides. Use a cotton swab to get your lower lashes, using the same principal. You can follow with your favorite facial wash, toner and moisturizer (We’ll detail that on another day).
Which method/s do you use? Is waterproof mascara, or mascara of any kind, something you wear daily? Sound off below and let me know what works for you!