How To Remove Waterproof Mascara

Let us set the scene: Your eye makeup? Award-winning. Hair? Perfection. Clearly, you’ve danced the night away at the event of the year. Or maybe you’ve dined with friends and taken that waterproof mascara out for a spin. Cut to hours later, and the temptation to remove your makeup in the AM is very real (we all know how this ends). Luckily, effortless makeup removers do exist – even for removing waterproof mascara – and we’re here to reveal all. Ahead, learn how to get waterproof mascara off so you can peacefully nod off to sleep. (AM-you says thank you.)

What makes mascara waterproof?

Generally, one of two ingredient categories are used to make a mascara waterproof: silicones and waxes. While silicones are good for adhering to the surface of lashes, naturally derived waxes like carnauba and rice bran wax are powerful binding agents that are resistant to water. These waxes are commonly used in a wide range of cosmetic products to achieve a sweat-proof, smudge-proof or waterproof formulation.

Looking for the best way to remove waterproof mascara? It depends on which type of ingredients are used in your chosen product. Learn more below.

The one product you need to remove waterproof mascara

While some makeup wipes do remove waterproof mascara, those attempting to remove waterproof makeup will have more luck working with a makeup remover that’s specially formulated to do so.

Part of our Revitalift Classic collection, the Revitalift Filler Waterproof Makeup Remover is formulated with pure hyaluronic acid and natural origin arginine to achieve plumper, smoother skin while removing waterproof formulas completely. With its fragrance-free formula, this hydrating makeup remover rehydrates and soothes the skin and is perfect for use on delicate eyes and lip areas. Discover how to use it below.

* We consider an ingredient to be of natural origin if it is unchanged from its natural state or has undergone processing yet still retains greater than 50% of its molecular structure from its original natural source.

How to remove waterproof mascara: Step-by-step

If you’re dealing with multiple layers of (or just plain vibrant) eyeshadow, waterproof eyeliner or mascara, here’s your guide to removing your products with the Revitalift Filler Waterproof Makeup Remover.

If you’re dealing with multiple layers of (or just plain vibrant) eyeshadow, waterproof eyeliner or mascara, here’s your guide to removing your products with the Revitalift Filler Waterproof Makeup Remover.

  1. Soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover.
  2. To use as a soothing eye makeup remover, hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe.

Concerned about removing waterproof mascara on sensitive skin? This makeup remover formula is validated by dermatologists and is suitable for sensitive eyes, so you can breathe easy knowing you’re in good hands.

Our favourite tips for removing waterproof mascara

Tip #1: Cleanse afterwards.

After removing your waterproof mascara, follow up with a complementary cleanser like the Revitalift Re-Plumping Gel Wash. This is a hydrating facial cleanser with anti-ageing benefits that is formulated with hyaluronic acid to plump the skin and leave skin deeply cleansed, hydrated and smooth. Continue your skincare routine as usual.

Tip #2: Follow with eye cream.

Post-removal, consider hydrating the eye area with the Revitalift Eye Cream. Enriched with hyaluronic acid, this cream fills wrinkle areas and replumps the under-eye hollow tear area with daily use.

Tip #3: Avoid leaving makeup on overnight.

As we touched on earlier, it’s never a good idea to leave makeup on overnight. Doing so can clog pores, make the skin feel or appear sensitive or dull, and even cause premature signs of ageing – among other things. This is because when your skin can’t support itself correctly while you sleep, it can, over time, lead to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

Tip #4: Be gentle.

Always be gentle with your eye area. Actions such as rubbing or scrubbing can irritate the sensitive skin around the eyes, so remember to take it easy!

Waterproof makeup products to try

Now that you know how to remove waterproof mascara, you can enjoy your newfound confidence to flaunt waterproof makeup, without dreading the cleanup post-wine and dine. Looking for the best waterproof lash products to try? Allow us to introduce our favourites:

Enriched with nourishing castor oil, the Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara delivers intense volume and spectacular lash length. The whipped volumising formula creates an intense lash volume and dramatic length, without leaving things looking flaky or clumpy. Trust the feather-soft wavy brush gentle applicator to provide extra comfort around sensitive eye areas, too.

If just volumising your lashes isn’t enough, millionise them with the Volume Million Lashes Waterproof mascara. The in-built excess wiper removes extra mascara while the brush separates lashes for a fanned-out effect. Sold.

Lastly, our best-selling Eyelash Serum can be used before applying mascara, or after removing makeup for lash aftercare. This eyelash serum is fortified with ingredients like hyaluronic acid, biotin, keratin and castor oil to support strong lashes. Simply apply the serum to the base of your lashes once per day and expect to see results within four weeks.**

** Self-assessment by 32 women, from 4 weeks of application 2x/day


Now that you’re all over how to remove waterproof mascara, discover how to choose mascara for your lashes.

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