How to Remove Waterproof Mascara Without Harming Your Lashes

June 08, 2022
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
How to Remove Waterproof Mascara Without Pulling Out Your Lashes

Waterproof mascara can be a hero makeup product in many instances — whether you’re heading to the beach or even to the altar. But as anyone with experience using waterproof mascara knows, it can be extremely difficult to remove once it's been on for hours. 


Here, we tapped NYC-based makeup artist Jonet Williamson for her best tips and tricks on how to remove waterproof mascara without pulling out your lashes or irritating the eye area. 

1. Use an Oil-Based Remover and Double Cleanse

Removing stubborn waterproof mascara starts with applying an oil-based remover before cleansing your face and eye area. Williamson recommends the Lancôme Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover. This bi-phase formula has lipids and water to help wash off waterproof mascara in a snap and will leave your lashes feeling nourished and clean. 


Williamson says to saturate a cotton round in the product and press it onto the eye area for a minute. Then, gently swipe it away. She adds to rub it upward in the direction of lash growth, instead of side to side, which can sometimes pull out your lashes. Next, go in and wash your face with your usual cleanser.


lancome eye makeup remover

2. Add a Nourishing Eye Cream and Lash Serum

To help revitalize your lashes and eye area, Williamson likes to apply an eye cream and lash serum after removal. We recommend adding a layer of the L’Oréal Paris Lash Serum Solution, and a hydrating eye cream, like the Youth to the People Superberry Dream Eye Cream.

3. Apply a Regular Mascara First

To avoid difficult removal all together, apply a coat of regular mascara, like the Urban Decay Wild Lash Mascara, first, and then layer a waterproof formula, like the Milk Makeup KUSH Waterproof Mascara on top. This will actually allow the formulas to slide off your lashes a lot easier. 


urban decay wild lash mascara, milk makeup kush mascara
Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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