January 13, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

The Best Way to Wash Off Waterproof Makeup

Putting makeup ON might be fun, but taking it OFF is a whole different story. For one, the removal process takes place at the end of a long workday (or even longer night out) when we’re ready to relax (or fall asleep). So, the last thing we want to think about is how to remove waterproof mascara without blinding ourselves. And for two, it takes what feels like ages to remove every liner smear and lipstick smudge we’ve made. We already know how to remove all of our makeup the right way, but if only there was some kind of solution to the waterproof formulas. Oh wait, there is …

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Stubborn Shadow & Mascara

While we love that waterproof mascaras, liners and long-wear shadows last all day without crumbling, we don’t love the irritating process of unsuccessfully trying to wipe them off. Give your sensitive eyes a break by using a remover that’s specifically formulated for waterproof makeup. They have the ability to break down and dissolve long-wearing products without the need for harsh rubbing. A simple swipe or two is all you need to avoid red, watery eyes that sting for the next few hours. Sounds like a no-brainer to us! 

MDC Quick Tip: Just ran out of your favorite waterproof makeup remover? Another quick fix is using coconut oil on a cotton ball or facial cloth to remove even the most stubborn eye makeup.

Product Recommendations: Maybelline Clean Express! Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, L’Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover, Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Make-up Remover

Lingering Lippies

Budge-free, waterproof lipstick is perfect for wine Wednesday or a makeout sesh, but what happens when you’re ready to try a new shade and the one you’re wearing refuses to come off!? Or just smears around your mouth leaving you with weird circles of color around your lips and chin? Not pretty. Instead of plain ol’ soap and water or tissues, use The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Makeup Remover on a cotton pad to gently wipe away lip stains OR dab your lips with Vaseline and wipe off that long-lasting lip color for good! Well, until your next application at least.

Removing ALL Else

Ever notice how much bronzer and foundation is left on your white towel AFTER you wash your face? That’s because your daily cleanser isn’t exactly cutting it — nor is it particularly formulated for removing waterproof makeup. Use a soothing facial towelette or cleansing oil to melt away makeup before you give your skin a good scrub to ensure a real, deep-clean complexion. 

Product Recommendations: Garnier Clean + Makeup Removing Cleansing Lotion, Garnier Clean + The Soothing Remover Cleansing Towelettes for Sensitive Skin, Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil Advanced Formula 

What’s your favorite foolproof product for removing waterproof makeup? Share in the comments below! 

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    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.