Whoever said diamonds are a girl's best friend, clearly didn't use mascara. Designed to elongate and volumise your lashes, mascaras make your lashes look fluttery and gorgeous, while drawing attention to your peepers, and overall enhancing their appearance. And we're just going to say it — waterproof mascara really steps up the game.

While most mascaras run down your face by noon and give you the appearance of a raccoon, especially on hot days, waterproof mascaras are trusty enough to keep your eye makeup intact whether it rains, shines, or even when you just want a good old cry. The trouble, however, starts when you need to remove it. If you don't know how to remove waterproof mascara, you can subject your lashes to a number of annoying troubles, starting from losing your lashes (and not in a cute 'make a wish!' kinda way), to drying out your lashes.

Because it's designed to be waterproof, you know a simple cleansing and washing routine isn't enough to get rid of it. And since improper mascara removal isn't going to cut it, we've got a few suggestions on how to remove waterproof mascara like an absolute pro, without permanently damaging your lashes. Ahead, we're listing down all the ways to remove waterproof mascara.

 

How to take off waterproof mascara

How to take off waterproof mascara

While it may seem like a task to remove waterproof mascara, it's actually easy to follow through. Ahead, we're listing down the best ways to remove waterproof mascara — in a DIY manner and with store-bought items too!

 

1. Use Eye Makeup Removers

1. Use Eye Makeup Removers

Well, we have to say that this is pretty obvious. It's right there in the name! Eye makeup removers are designed a certain way to remove waterproof mascara safely and effectively and will get rid of all traces of it quickly.

How to use:

All you need to do is sprinkle a few drops on a cotton pad, and sweep it over your lids. Et voilà! No more waterproof mascara. If you're someone who wears waterproof mascara a lot, BTW, investing in a good, trusty eye makeup remover can be an absolute game-changer — so get on this train, stat!

 

2. Try Baby Shampoo

2. Try Baby Shampoo

Safe to use on the eye area since they are hypoallergenic, baby shampoos are a super-easy way to get rid of waterproof mascara from your lashes — provided you have one around!

How to use:

All you need to do is use a pea-sized amount of baby shampoo and sweep it onto your eyelashes with a damp cotton pad. Once you're done, use a wet cloth to remove any remaining excess from the lids. But be careful! This method shouldn't be used with regular shampoo, since baby shampoo is designed to not irritate sensitive areas, but using regular shampoo can cause a reaction.

 

3. Cold Cream To The Rescue

3. Cold Cream To The Rescue

Known for being super gentle on the face, cold cream is also great for removing stubborn makeup that refuses to budge — yes, we're talking about you, waterproof mascara.

How to use:

To remove your waterproof mascara with cold cream, start by gently cleansing your face. Pat it dry, and apply the cold cream as a deep conditioning treatment on your skin and your lashes. Once it's been on for a few minutes, wipe it clean with a warm washcloth — your mascara will have been taken off in an instant, plus this is a super therapeutic procedure for your face too.

 

4. Coconut Oil Works

4. Coconut Oil Works

Fantastic for hair growth and great for all skin types, coconut oil is a great way to promote lash growth, and also get rid of waterproof mascara in the process.

How to use:

Take a little bit of coconut oil on a cotton pad and simply sweep it on your lids, like you normally would to remove your makeup. Once it's off, cleanse your face properly to make sure there's no residual oil left. It really is that simple!

 

5. DIY Solution

5. DIY Solution

While this may seem like a more complicated route to removing your waterproof mascara, keep in mind that this solution will last you for 6 months (provided you make enough) and will be easy on the eyes too!

How to use:

To create a DIY solution to remove waterproof mascara, add in 2 tablespoons of almond or jojoba oil with 2 tablespoons of witch hazel, and a little bit of water. Pour the solution into a clear container, and shake it up until it's combined properly. Dip a cotton ball into the container to remove the mascara, and it should come off without being stubborn.

 

6. Olive Oil

6. Olive Oil

And grab the olive oil! This is one of the easiest ways to remove waterproof mascara, since the ingredient is usually right there in your kitchen. Olive oil will not only hydrate your lashes once the mascara is off, but will also break down the properties that make the mascara waterproof.

How to use:

Simply pour some olive oil on your fingers and rub your lashes with it, until the mascara starts streaming down your face. Once you're done, use a cotton ball to wipe it off, and go with your skincare routine as planned.

Now that you've got the tools to remove the stubborn mascara, let's move on to learning the right way to remove it, because yes, there is a right way to remove waterproof mascara. As mentioned earlier, poor removal techniques can lead to losing lashes and drying them out, and even cause irritation in some cases. We're listing down a list of a few dos and don'ts to follow when removing waterproof mascara, to help avoid any eyelash disasters. Thank us later!

 

Do's and Don'ts about removing waterproof mascara

Do's and Don'ts about removing waterproof mascara

1. Do Use Certain Tools To Remove Waterproof Mascara

We've mentioned cotton balls and cotton pads to help with waterproof mascara removal. And for good reason! These tools are specifically designed to be soft on your face, and will help you ensure that all the product is removed from your eye area. Alternatively, a clean, damp face cloth should also do the trick to removing waterproof mascara.

2. Do Be Gentle With Removal

This means: don't you dare try rigorously removing your mascara! Aggressively trying to remove mascara can lead to a bunch of problems on its own, such as scratching your eyelids, unwanted lash removal, and may even cause a burning sensation — and the whole point of good mascara removal is to avoid all that! Be gentle whenever you remove your waterproof mascara, and keep your lashes intact.

3. Do Cleanse Your Face After Removal

Whether you're using a specific ingredient to remove your waterproof mascara or not, you need to cleanse your face after proper removal! This will help remove any leftover residue on the face, and also take care of all the dirt and impurities that may be left behind. Once you're looking fresh as a daisy, BTW, don't forget to do the rest of your skincare routine too.

4. Don't Be Harsh

Using a regular makeup remover on your lashes, or even a cleanser for waterproof mascara removal is a strict no-no. Neither of these products are meant to be used in your eye area, since they can contain harsh irritants to the skin that may cause unwanted allergic reactions like redness and itchiness.

5. Don't Use Irritating Ingredients

Repeat after me: Removers with ingredients like alcohol, and fragrances, are not your friends! Alcohol and fragrances can irritate the sensitive eye area, so when opting for eye makeup removers, ensure that the product is free of these baddies.

6. Don't Rub Your Eyes

Rubbing your eyes while removing waterproof mascara can do more harm than good; not only will you have the mascara all over your face and in danger of clogging up your pores, but this can also lead to lash loss.