AP Buyline: How to remove waterproof mascara without losing your lashes

Lauren Vinopal
Updated April 18, 2024

Waterproof mascara can be great for emotionally heightened events like weddings — until, that is, you find it is almost impossible to take this makeup off. If you’re stuck on how to get rid of the stuff, the following guide on how to remove waterproof mascara will help you get the job done.

How to remove silicone-based waterproof mascara

Silicone-based mascara is one of the more difficult types of makeup to remove because it’s designed to be water-resistant. As a result, it is more irritating to the eyes and eyelashes.

Step one: Apply oil

DeMann recommends putting any oil-based makeup remover on a Q-tip or cotton ball and carefully applying it on and around eyelashes. Alexis Pfropper, a licensed esthetician and founder of Ӓsthetik Spa and Skincare, suggests investing in a makeup remover specifically formulated for waterproof mascara, like her reset cleansing oil.

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Step two: Wait three to five minutes

Even though waterproof mascara takes only a few seconds to apply, the same timetable does not translate for removal. Consequently, DeMann advises waiting a few minutes after using cleansing oil, with your eyes closed. That way, “it can start to dissolve and loosen the makeup that is there,” she says.

Step three: Wipe your eyes

Since waterproof mascara can be especially damaging to eyelashes, both experts suggest taking your time to wipe them after coating them in oil, to reduce the risk of losing the lashes you were trying to showcase in the first place.

Step four: Wash face, eyes included

Instead of using soap and water, which will leave anyone’s eyes burning, Pfropper opts for a gentle cleanser like her milk & honey formula.

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