6 Tips for Removing Waterproof Mascara

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There is a reason why we wear waterproof mascara, we want it to stay! The only downside to this is that it can be hard to remove and if not done properly, can cause lash loss.

What makes waterproof mascara so amazing is that it is formulated with wax and silicone properties that allow it to stick to your lashes and stay put.

Here are some tips for removing waterproof mascara:

1. Condition your lashes

If you wear mascara or false eyelashes/extensions you want to make sure that you are keeping your real lashes healthy. There are some amazing lash primers/conditioners out there, and our favorite thus far is Jane Iredale PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner for $23. Think about it as double-sided tape for your lashes. It will lock your mascara in place while also working to protect your lashes. The strengthening ingredients that make this particular product so amazing are beeswax, algae extract and hydrolyzed whey protein.

2. Use a base coat

If you want to be able to easily remove your waterproof mascara, you want to start with the application. A simple trick is to protect your lashes by applying regular mascara first. Once you do this, you can then apply your waterproof mascara, and voila! Easy removal.

3. Get the right formula

If you are going to use waterproof mascara, make sure you get a good-quality one. Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky-High Waterproof Mascara, which can be purchased at Target or any drugstore for about $10, is a great budget-friendly option. This is one waterproof mascara that will extend your lashes and give them major volume. Not only will it not budge, but it is a wonderful choice for those with sensitive eyes, or for those that wear contacts.

4. Brush your lashes with a dry spoolie

Think about it this way, the less makeup to remove the better. Yes, its that simple. So, when you are applying the mascara wiggle across it with a dry spoolie. Not only will this maximize the thickness of the lashes, but it removes that gunky look that sometimes happens with waterproof mascara. You will get even distribution of the product and the removal will be all that easier.

5. Find a good remover

When removing any eye makeup, you want to find a remover that you don’t have to harshly rub over your eyes for it to work. We highly recommend NARS Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover for only $25. The wonderful thing about this product is that it doesn’t leave behind any residue. You just apply it to a cotton round, hold it on your lashes, swipe, and the makeup is gone. It is also very hydrating which is wonderful for your lashes.

6. Take your time

When done right, removing eye makeup can be super easy. We recommend soaking two cotton rounds in the makeup remover of your choice and holding them against your lashes for about 30 seconds. Then you will lightly massage the product into the lash for 15 seconds and swipe. Once that is done, wash your face as you regularly would, to remove any leftover product.


When it comes to removing your waterproof mascara, you want to be careful so that there isn’t damage done to your lashes. And as a quick tip, never use the same side of a cotton round to remove more product. You will just be redistributing what you just removed.

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