6 Ways to Remove Waterproof Makeup

I’m sure we all struggle with removing waterproof make-up after a long day. In cities like London, Seattle, and Vancouver where it consistently rains, waterproof mascara is a necessity if you want to ensure that black streaks aren’t running down your face before you have even arrived to your final destination. I know that waterproof make-up is a challenge to remove without the proper techniques.

I found myself abstaining from mascara for some time because it was too difficult for me to take it off my lashes without pulling out a few lashes in the process. I couldn’t justify losing a few lashes a day for a few hours of stand-out lashes, so I asked Avanti, “How do I take my mascara off without damaging my eyelashes?” I know that all the ladies that wear mascara know of the dreaded lash loss that I’m referring to.

Waterproof makeup can be a pain to remove. I use waterproof makeup for long dance performances and for very humid weather. Back in the day, I used to become very frustrated whenever I would try to take off my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I would rub my face soap several times over my eyelids in frustration, but each time I ended up pulling out several eyelashes while leaving my eye makeup fully intact. Eek! Luckily, I’ve come across some great ways to remove waterproof makeup over the years.

Waterproof makeup can be a pain to remove. I use waterproof makeup for long dance performances and for very humid weather. Back in the day, I used to become very frustrated whenever I would try to take off my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I would rub my face soap several times over my eyelids in frustration, but each time I ended up pulling out several eyelashes while leaving my eye makeup fully intact. Eek! Luckily, I’ve come across some great ways to remove waterproof makeup over the years.

Olive Oil

I swatched Revlon’s Colorstay waterproof eyeliner on the back of my hand before I gently rubbed oil olive all over it.

Apply a few drops of olive oil to a cotton ball before using it to remove the makeup on your face. Rub very gently. If you have very stubborn makeup on, allow the oil to sit on top of your skin for a few minutes before you wash it off.

Makeup Remover & Petroleum Jelly

Aquaphor & Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover

  • The top left square shows two swatches of waterproof eyeliner on the back of my hand as well as the products I am using for makeup removal.
  • The top right shows Aquaphor petroleum jelly applied to one of the swatches
  • The bottom left demonstrates what happened after I let Aquaphor sit on top of the swatch for a couple of minutes. I wiped it off with a Q-tip afterward.
  • The bottom right shows that I was able to smudge off the eyeliner easily with Neutrogena Oil-Free Makeup Remover. Nearly all of it came off in one swipe.

Note: Since petroleum jelly is a crude oil byproduct, it is not recommended that you use it around your eyes because it can clog tear ducts. Petroleum jelly CAN be used to remove lip stains and lipstick remains from your lips. Just try not to eat it in the process.

A better alternative is to use makeup wipes or liquid-based makeup removers to take off waterproof makeup.

Lotion

The effectiveness of this removal method is based upon the type of makeup and lotion that you use.

Apply a small amount of lotion to the makeup you want to remove. Wait a few minutes before gently rubbing it off with a cotton ball.

Personally, I tend to use lotion whenever I can’t find any of the above while I am trying to remove my makeup. Some lotions work better than others, so you should experiment and see which lotion removes makeup the best. The effectiveness of lotion as a makeup remover varies due to the chemical makeup of the lotion as well as the waterproof makeup you are using.

Good Old Fashioned Soap

Some people swear by only using soap. I never really found soap by itself effective. I did do an experiment with Dove soap and Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser in order to test out the effectiveness of each brand. I found that both soaps required two applications in order to fully remove the waterproof Revlon eyeliner. I think it is best to use soap in tangent with another method. Perhaps you could use a makeup removing wipe and then use soap to wash away the remains.

Crisco

Yes, Crisco. The stuff that people use to grease their pans before they bake desserts. It is a lovely combination of soybean oil and palm oil.

The Bottom Line:

Whenever you are using any of these methods to remove your makeup, you must be patient and gentle. I don’t think using the word “rub” is a good way to describe how to remove your makeup. You should gently “glide” the cotton ball across your eyes in order to loosen up waterproof eyeliner.

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