How To Get Rid of Waterproof Mascara Without Remover

By Subodh / April 29, 2011

Waterproof mascara is one of the most appreciated cosmetic inventions of our time. It really does help accent the eyes without smudging or chipping when coming in contact with moisture.

Waterproof mascara is helpful in the event you want to wear makeup while going swimming, or while jogging, and more. It builds up your confidence in your appearance.

On the downside, it is more difficult to remove waterproof mascara rather than the water-based kind. Some tips on how to get rid of waterproof mascara are shown below.

Basic Removal Steps

  1. First, gather the appropriate removal supplies. Olive oil or other natural oil-based removal product is recommended over a petroleum-based solution. One case in point is that the petroleum present in baby oil is not good for the eyes. You are also going to need two cotton balls or you need two other soft, clean application devices such as a cotton swabs or unused eye shadow brushes.
  2. Close your eyes, and dab some oil onto your cotton ball or applicator. It is better to do this with your eyes shut for obvious reasons-so the solution does not get into your eyes. After you close your eyes, place the oil-dipped cotton ball on your lashes and hold it there for 30 seconds. The oil will act as a detergent and it will break up the makeup pigment found on your eyes.
  3. Wipe and wash your eyelashes clean. You should use a daily cleanser to clean your eyes in order to make this process easier. One bottle should last you quite awhile and since you may need it regularly it would be a wise investment. You can use the second cotton ball or a soft cloth for this final cleansing process.

Additional removal tips:

  • Dabbing a cotton ball into the olive oil is easy, but you need to do it properly in order to remove the mascara completely. It is highly recommended that you pin your hair up before doing this in order to make sure you do not get oil on your hair.
  • The motion process for getting rid of waterproof mascara is to swipe the cotton ball from left to right and then right to left. Do this slowly and gently, and do not use a circular motion, just back and forth until the mascara is removed. Never use pulling actions either because you could accidentally pull out an eyelash.
  • If you have already completed the olive oil removal and eyeliner cleansing steps you can repeat if necessary. Just try not to rub too hard or make sure you do this in plenty of time so that the redness from wiping is gone before you go to work, school, etc.

More Important Advice:

  • Alternative waterproof mascara removal substances include either cold creams or hypoallergenic baby wipes. Baby shampoo (but not baby oil) also seems to help, and it has been recommended by some experts.
  • Make sure you are not wearing your contacts when trying to remove waterproof mascara. Either that or choose a waterproof mascara remover that is safe to use with contact lenses.
  • Wearing the right waterproof mascara can help prevent eye injury. It also can prevent irritation and sensitivities. However, the wrong product can make removal of mascara difficult.

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