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 (the occasional user for special events), you have to be gentle in the process of removing the stuff! It can be super 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 with ease. Follow these three simple steps to remove stubborn mascara the safe way.


Step 1: Choose Your Product and Apply With Your Fingers


Find the best makeup remover foryou. I’m loving The Estée Edit by Estée Lauder Dissolve the Drama 2-in-1 Makeup Remover + Cleanser ($32) because it’s 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’t leave a weird filmy texture behind like a lot of makeup removers. 


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

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


Apply a small amount directly to your cotton swab: You don’t need the product to fully saturate the cotton swab. Less is more here, since you already started the removal process with the last step.


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’t ruffle them up too much.

Step 3: Bust Out the Q-Tip


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


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

The Results


As you can see, my right eye is clean and completely free of any mascara or eyeliner residue. Also, side note — 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 loving to your eye area when you choose to go there with your beauty look.

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

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