How To Remove Waterproof Mascara? – 5 Easy Methods

It is just wonderful to beautify your eyelashes with waterproof mascara. It will not get washed away even if you have to be in the pool or rain.

But the disadvantageous side of this product is the difficulty in getting off the waterproof mascara from your eyelashes.  It is highly water-resistant and also gets firmly stuck around the eyelashes. You cannot remove it fully by just simply washing or by using any type of ordinary make-up remover.

The waterproof mascara has a water-resistant adhesive that makes it stick firmly on the eyelashes. If you do several touch-ups with mascara, it becomes thicker and sticky a lot more.

If you try to remove mascara in the wrong way, you could be at the risk of losing a few eyelashes.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Trichology, it is noted, “The use of eye cosmetics for long duration is associated with fall of lashes. The use of water for removal may be associated with a higher incidence of eyelash loss in an individual who has used a waterproof eye cosmetic.”

But never mind! In this article, I am going to take you through a few simple tips on how you can easily take off waterproof mascara without harming your eyelashes.

How To Get Off  Waterproof Mascara?

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The best way to remove waterproof mascara is by using the Eye Makeup Remover.

Of course, all the good brands of eye makeup removers are specifically designed to get through waterproof eyeliner and mascara. Some of the leading brands in this product category are Dior, Sephora, Clinique, Clarins, Neutrogena, and L’Oreal.

Most of these good-quality eye makeup removers are costlier than the mascara itself, but it is worth investing in it for the safety of your eyes and eyelashes.

Don’t worry if you cannot afford it; there are other inexpensive and effective natural solutions that I shall mention to you in the latter part of this article.

Procedures Of Using Eye Makeup Remover: 

  • Soak a cotton ball in warm water and gently rub it over the eyelashes to soften and loosen the mascara.
  • Apply a sufficient amount of eye makeup remover on another cotton ball and gently wipe the eyelashes with it (shut the eye while cleaning).
  • Make sure the eyelashes (upper and lower) are fully wiped with the cotton ball from all sides.
  • If required, use q-tips soaked in eye makeup remover to wipe the mascara from the lower portion of the eyelashes.
  • After fully wiping the eyelashes, hold the cotton ball gently pressed over the eyelashes for 10 seconds
  • Within 20 seconds after applying the makeup remover, the mascara would loosen and dissolve (Do not open the eyes!)
  • Now use a clean cotton ball to wipe totally out every bit of mascara that is already loose and slipping off the eyelashes.
  • After wiping off the mascara, look in the mirror closely to see whether any bit of mascara is still stuck on the eyelashes.
  • Repeat the application of makeup remover and wiping out the procedure to remove if any particles of stubborn waterproof mascara are still stuck on the eyelashes.
  • After the total removal of the mascara from eyelashes, rinse your eyelids, eye contour, and face with a gentle face cleanser and lukewarm water.
  • Lastly, use a good face moisturizer to prevent the makeup remover from drying up your skin.

How To Remove Waterproof Mascara Through Natural Methods?

You can easily get rid of the waterproof mascara without the eye makeup remover. It is safe and effective just like the makeup remover. You can also save a few bucks by not buying the expensive eye makeup remover.

Here are 5 alternative methods to eye makeup remover.

1. Use Olive Oil

Olive oil is an excellent natural makeup remover.

Even the waterproof mascara that firmly sticks to the eyelashes can be removed with olive oil.

All-natural oils have the ability to loosen the waterproof properties in makeup.

Apply the olive oil to the tips of your thumb and index finger. Rub your eyelashes between the thumb and index finger until the lashes are fully soaked in olive oil from your fingers.

You can also soak a cotton ball with olive and use it for applying the oil on eyelashes.

Within a few seconds, the oil penetrates the mascara waterproof layer; the mascara turns loose and sheds off the eyelashes.

You wipe off the loosened mascara from the eyelashes with a cotton ball or cleansing tissues. Pay close attention to ensure that every trace of mascara is totally wiped out.

2. Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, just like olive oil, is another good natural makeup remover. It is an excellent waterproof mascara remover.

The procedures of using coconut oil on eyelashes are the same as that of olive oil we discussed before.

Coconut oil also adds shine and brightness to the eyelashes and moisturizes the skin too.

3. Using A Mixture Of Oils

You can prepare a homemade makeup remover solution by mixing water, hazel oil, and jojoba oil/almond oil.

Mix two tablespoons of hazel oil, two teaspoons of almond/jojoba oil, and two teaspoons of water to prepare the makeup remover solution. This solution is very soothing for the eyes without creating any kind of irritation. You can also store this solution at room temperature for up to 180 days without getting damaged.

Soak a cotton ball with this oil mixture and apply it on eyelashes to wipe out the waterproof mascara. Just follow the same procedures as we have discussed for the olive oil remedy.

This oil and water mixture solution can also be used for all other makeup removals.

4. Using Baby Shampoo

All types of shampoos are great for removing makeup. However, for cleaning the waterproof mascara from eyelashes, it is safe to use a baby shampoo that is mild and gentle.

A good quality baby shampoo is not expected to cause any irritation to the eyes. It is usually free of added colors and fragrances.

Take a small amount of baby shampoo and apply it to the eyelashes with a cotton ball. You can gently rub the eyelashes for a minute to wash off the mascara from them.

Make sure to keep the eyes closed to avoid shampoo comes in direct contact with the retina.

5. Using Cold Cream

A good quality cold cream can be used to remove the makeup instantly. It works great for removing the waterproof mascara which is not easy to take off otherwise.

Apply the cold cream on the eyelashes with your fingers or a cotton ball; then wipe off the loosened mascara with a clean cotton ball or cleansing tissue.

After applying the cold cream on eyelashes, wait for a minute or two before wiping them.

It is better to avoid cold creams that contain petroleum jelly as this might irritate the eyes.

The cold cream is also a good moisturizer that will keep your eyelids and eye contours hydrated and healthy.

Taking Off Mascara

How To Remove Mascara From Clothes?

This topic may sound out of context here, yet it is a good piece of information to let you know how to remove mascara stains from clothes.

Mascara stain on clothes remains firmly stuck and not removable by just washing with water alone. However, it is easy to remove waterproof mascara from clothes by using dishwashing detergent or dry cleaning solvent.

1. Using Detergent

Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid dishwashing detergent with two cups of water; soak a piece of clean cotton linen in the diluted detergent.  With the detergent-soaked cloth, sponge and rub the mascara-stained area of the clothes till the stain sheds off. After the stain has disappeared, wash off the detergent from clothing with clean water.

2. Using A Dry Cleaning Solvent

Apply a sufficient quantity of dry cleaning solvent on a small piece of clean white cotton linen; then use it to sponge the stained area of the clothing with the dry cleaning solvent. Blot until the solvent is absorbed into the stained area of the clothing until the stain disappears.

Warnings On Mascara Usage

There is no doubt that eyelashes play an important role in a woman’s personality and builds confidence. Nowadays, mascaras are used very commonly as eye cosmetics.

However, it is wise to restrict the usage of mascara to just a few times a month or use it only when you strictly need it.

In the past, FDA had issued several warnings to companies that promoted mascara products with false claims. NBC News had recently reported the details of the FDA warning to Allergan Inc. for its eyelash thickener Latisse which is misleading because it avoids or downplays risks associated with the product.

Regular use of waterproof mascara leads to eyelash fall.

There are news reports that suggest the severe side effects of using a mascara product that has crossed the expiry period of four months. Mascara and liquid eyeliners must be discarded after four months. Contaminated mascara has the potential to put women at serious risk of eye infection.

The Bottom Line

It is easy to remove waterproof mascara by using any good makeup remover. Alternatively, you can also make use of cold cream, baby shampoo, natural oils mixture, coconut oil, or olive oil to perfectly clean away the waterproof mascara from your eyelashes.

Your eyes are very delicate organs that need to be given special attention and gentle care. Do not use any poor quality to make removers or homemade solutions for removing the waterproof mascara.

Take the assistance of someone to get the mascara removed. Doing it yourself by looking in a mirror can hurt your eyes if you are not careful.

It is better to limit the use of mascara to special occasions when you like to be in a splendid appearance. It is not healthy for the eye and eyelashes to use mascara regularly. Using makeup removes on the eyelashes frequently is also not safe for the eyes.