We like to think of waterproof makeup and all its resilient glory as a necessary evil in our lives. Why is it evil, you ask? Have you ever tried taking off waterproof mascara or long-lasting lipstick? It seems no matter how many times we scrub our faces, remnants seem to stick around. Come on, you know you’ve woken up with a faded pink or red mouth and those dark, black raccoon rings around your eyes. We don’t know about you, but we’ve had enough of this ongoing battle with waterproof makeup, so we compiled the solutions that will help you take it all off … the first time!

Waterproof Makeup

Waterproof Mascara (like L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Miss Manga Waterproof Mascara) + Kiehl’s Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

Containing ultra-gentle ingredients, this cleanser is specially designed for your peepers. Its cooling agents and antioxidants help effectively remove eye makeup without irritating the eye area.

Waterproof Eyeliner (like Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner)  + The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

If you’re all about lining that waterline, you probably know all about the stubbornness of waterproof eyeliner. Give those eyes a thorough, no-fuss cleansing with this gentle, camomile-infused makeup remover!

Waterproof Lipstick (like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Lipcolor) + Giorgio Armani Regenessence Velvety Cleansing Milk

Long-lasting lipstick is great, but it can definitely wear out its welcome, especially when you’re trying to take it off before you hit the hay! Give that bright lipstick the heave-ho at the end of your day with a cleansing milk. Just soak a cotton ball or pad and gently wipe off your lip color. Make sure you get the outside of the lips to make sure the entire mouth area is free and clear of lip product!

Waterproof Eye Shadow (like Lancôme Aquatique) + Lancôme Eau Fraîche Douceur

We love an eye shadow that can withstand the rain, but how the heck do you remove it? Since waterproof formulas are indeed waterproof, it’s best to stick with oil or cream-based solutions to remove them, which is why this gentle solution is so stellar for your shadow!

Waterproof Concealer (like Lancôme Effacernes) + Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover

This killer makeup remover literally melts away any and all waterproof makeup in no time. So, while covering up those blemishes is super important, letting your skin breathe (sans leftover concealer residue) is pretty huge, too!

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