Ladies, whether you wear waterproof mascara on the daily (if you do, you have to tell me your secret to keeping your lashes healthy) or are more like me聽(the occasional user for special events),聽you have to be gentle in the process of removing the stuff! It can be super聽challenging to remove, often resulting in falling-out or broken lashes, which no one is on board with. Because I personally have struggled with this, I felt it was time to share my go-to mascara hack for taking off waterproof makeup聽with ease. Follow these three simple steps to remove stubborn mascara the safe way.

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Step 1:聽Choose Your Product and Apply With Your Fingers

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Find the best makeup remover for you.I鈥檓 loving聽The Est茅e Edit by Est茅e Lauder Dissolve the Drama 2-in-1 Makeup Remover + Cleanser聽($32) because it鈥檚 actually formulated to remove your makeup and cleanse at the same time. The aloe, cucumber and oils in this mix feel really lightweight and don鈥檛 leave a weird filmy texture behind聽like聽a lot of makeup removers.

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Apply product to your lashes.Pour a little bit of the remover onto your fingertips. Before taking them to your lashes, you鈥檒l want to rub your fingers together to spread out the product聽a little.聽You鈥檒l feel the mascara sort of ball up in your fingertips as you apply聽gentle pressure.

Step 2: Use a Cotton Swab to Break Down the Remaining Mascara

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Apply a small amount directly to your cotton swab: You don鈥檛 need the product to fully saturate the cotton swab. Less is more here, since you already started the removal process with the last step.

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Tap, wiggle and use downward motions.Over-rubbing your eyelashes is what causes them to fall out. To avoid this, the trick is to make small movements, left to right and in a downward motion, so you don鈥檛 ruffle them up too much.

Step 3: Bust Out the Q-Tip

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Dab your Q-tip to into聽your makeup remover for one last dose of product.

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The final move here is to use your Q-tip to swipe the residual makeup from聽your lash line.

The Results

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As you can see, my right eye is clean and completely free of any mascara or eyeliner residue. Also, side note 鈥 notice the power of a little makeup!

For the record, this would work for regular mascara, or any heavy makeup application (like glitter). You just need to give a little extra聽loving to聽your eye area when you choose to go there聽with your beauty聽look.

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Art Direction/Hair + Makeup/Model: Misty Spinney
Photographer: Kurt Andre

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