Feb 3, 2014

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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.

Eye Makeup Remover Options

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.

Olive Oil

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.

Baby Oil gel

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!

  1. Great tips! I haven’t worn water-proof mascara in a while – mine seems to hold up pretty well, though. I will keep the olive oil in mind!
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  2. I do not wear waterproof mascara, but the mascara I wear might as well be waterproof because it is so difficult to remove. I have cried and it did not run. Anyway, I use baby oil too. I have found that J&J No Tear Baby Soap works for me too.

    • It’s all a personal preference. I used to get styes as a child and baby shampoo was one of the methods I would use to help get rid of them. Maybe it’s just resurfacing memories, but I would have to be really desperate to use baby shampoo. LOL
      Maybe you’re using a water resistant formula instead of waterproof. They stand up to tears, light showers, splashes of water to the face, but not heavy duty rain or swimming.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I avoid waterproof mascara just because it’s such a pain to get off. I’ll have to try the olive oil trick. I’ve heard that coconut oil also works.
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    • Overall, oils work to take the mascara off. Coconut oil will work, but the scent is overpowering to me, which is why I just didn’t suggest it.

  4. Olive oil is a new one for me!
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  5. I haven’t worn waterproof mascara in a while because it was such a pain to remove. I’ll have to remember your tips the next time I buy some.
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    • Definitely! There are also the water resistant kinds which are a little easier to remove than the waterproof kinds. Come back and let me know if any of these options worked for you! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  6. I don’t wear waterproof mascara, but I do use the Kiehl’s version for general make up removal— in honesty it is okay, I don’t have to scrub at my eyes (which is a good thing!) and it leaves my eyes moisturized, but I don’t know if I am completely devoted to it.

    Will try olive oil — can’t believe I haven’t yet! In a Lebanese family we use it for everything else!!!
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    • Olive oil is the wonder product! We use it for our hair as a deep conditioner all the time. If you want to use it for something other than a way to get off the mascara, I suggest using a clean mascara wand and dipping it into some olive oil. Brush it through your lashes and you will see a huge improvement in the next few weeks. Try it and let me know what happens!

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