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How to gently remove makeup, waterproof eyeliners and mascara

When going out for a special occasion, us girls love our waterproof mascara and eyeliner! Who wants runaway makeup when you’re supposed to be having fun all night long? An unexpected dip in the pool? Boyfriend drama that leaves you sobbing? No worries, thanks to waterproof makeup!

But what happens at the end of the night? The stubborn colors that you loved hours earlier now won’t budge. So you scrub and scrub and scrub, leaving your skin irritated and red. Not a cute look! So how do you remove waterproof makeup gently and easily?

Try a natural cure: olive oil. Olive oil breaks down the waterproof properties in your makeup so you can clean it all off with a few swipes. Apply a drop to your fingers and rub your eyes and lashes until it starts coming off in your fingers.

Baby oil is another great oil that is cheap, easy to use and only requires a dab. Make sure your eyes are closed while you use oils so you don’t irritate your eyeballs.  Another great and cheap alternative is petroleum jelly. Apply some petroleum jelly to your eyes and let sit. Then wash off with a warm, wet washcloth. Ta-da!

Try something you probably already have in you fridge: dairy milk or almond milk. This one might require some scrubbing but it is very gentle when you apply with a cotton ball in a circular motion.Another classic treatment is cold cream. Pond’s has a great version! This will work on your entire face, great if you like using all types of different waterproof makeup. Wash your face first, apply a thick coat of cold cream and let soak in for a few minutes. Lastly, wipe clean with a warm, wet washcloth for moisturized and super clean skin!

Of course, there are always many different brands of waterproof makeup remover! They come in wipes (my favorite type because of the ease of use), liquids you can use with tissues or cotton balls and makeup remover pads. Neutrogena and Maybelline have many different types that all work great and are fairly inexpensive!  Check out your local retailer for all of the different types but be reminded that these could contain chemicals, so if you’re looking for a natural cure, try olive oil or milk.

What is your favorite or easiest way you’ve found to remove stubborn waterproof makeup? Any tips or tricks you’d like to share?

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing