Cleopatra-inspired makeup and a black smoky eye is all fun and games until it comes to the part where you have to take it all off. Even as beauty editors, we can admit that makeup removal is a hassle and sometimes it’s the last thing you want to do, especially after a long night out. Throw in a stubborn black eyeliner on your waterline, and you’ve got a recipe for spending way too long scrubbing your eyes until they’re red or worse, giving up altogether (PSA don’t sleep with makeup on, kids). Here, to shed light on the gentle way to remove eyeliner from your waterline are celebrity makeup artists Billie Gene and Jenna Kristina. Ahead, read on for their expert tips and tricks.
Tip #1: Use a Q-tip
“To remove black eyeliner from the waterline, I simply suggest using a Q-tip dipped in an oil or water-based makeup remover,” says Gene. The idea here is that an oil-based remover can easily break down the eyeliner, making it a cinch to remove without harsh scrubbing.
Tip #2: A Little Goes a Long Way
“A common mistake people make when removing eyeliner from the waterline is applying too much remover to the Q-tip or eye area,” says Gene. A little remover goes a long way when removing eyeliner in those hard-to-reach areas, especially your inner tear duct. Kristina says it’s important to avoid harsh cleansers with acids and exfoliators when removing your eye makeup as doing so may cause further irritation.
Tip #3: Liquid Removers and Cleansing Balms Are Your Best Friends
In this case, you want to put the makeup wipes down and opt for a liquid makeup remover or cleansing balm. “I love both types of removers because they are super effective and are also extremely quick to use,” says Gene. “Some of my favorites are the Lancôme Bi-Facial Double Action Eye Makeup Remover and the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm.” Pro tip: “If you are using a balm, rub it all over your face and then use a super soft warm cloth to massage the product off. This is an amazing treatment for your skin but also helps to melt your makeup off,” says Kristina.
Tip #4: Always Remove Your Eyeliner First
Because your waterline is one of the most tedious parts of your makeup removal, Gene recommends getting it out of the way first. “It makes the process so much easier because then you can immediately (and easily) wash the rest of your makeup off with your remover or face wash.”
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