One of my least favorite tasks is removing my mascara at the end of the day. It's SUPER important that it gets done, though. You really just don't want to sleep in with those chemicals and products on your eyes!
It's no secret that some mascaras are harder to remove than others. I've used everything from tubing mascaras that come off with just water and some pressure from your fingers (which are a cinch to remove!) to super duper waterproof (in other words, good luck).
Here are my tips for getting every last speck of whatever mascara you have on, off!
If it's pretty easy to remove...
Water usually does a pretty good job! Wash your face with your normal soap and water, and if your soap is gentle, carefully rub a little over your lashes (eyes closed!!) to help break down the mascara. I usually just use whatever is left on my fingers after washing the rest of my face. This will usually leave a little residue that can easily be cleaned up after with some water based or cream based makeup remover. My picks are Bioderma (find it on Amazon or Ebay) or Kiehl's Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover ($16.50).
If it's average...
This is how I remove probably 80% of my mascaras. First, use either water based or an oil based remover on a cotton pad. I have yet to find my Holy Grail oil-based remover, but I did enjoy Sonia Kashuk Remove ($10). Gently press the remover over your eyes for a few seconds to help break down the mascara, then wipe away. You likely won't get everything off using this alone. From there...either wash or face as described above, or go in with a makeup remover wipe. Mac Wipes are my pick, but they aren't technically eye-safe. For other great wipes, check out my post comparing a bunch of brands. With your eyes closed, carefully rub the wipe over your lashes. I also then open my eyes and "pinch" my lashes from the top and bottom with the wipe in my fingertips. Be very, very gentle...you don't want to pull your lashes out! This method really lets me get everything off, but you have to be very careful and gentle.
If it's stubborn or waterproof...
This is the method I would use to remove anything waterproof, or something stubborn like Benefit They're Real. First, use an oil to get most of it off. No, not an oil-based remover. A straight oil. My favorite is Josie Maran's Argan Cleansing Oil ($12 for 1.9 oz...which will last you forever, or $32 for 6 oz.), but you could even use something as simple as olive oil. I like Josie Maran's because it is specifically meant for this and it does not irritate my contact lenses at all. (I plan to do a full review and demo of this product, because I really do love it.) BE VERY CAREFUL! With your eyes closed, rub the oil into your lashes and all over your eyelids. Your eyes will be completely and totally black and you'll look like a freak! ;) But the genius part of this is that the oils just wash right away with water. No soap needed. And they take about 90% of your stubborn mascara with them. I clean up any residue with one of the two methods above.
Let me know your favorite products and methods to get your mascara off! Do any of my tips work for you?
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