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How to Remove Mascara Without Hurting Your Eyes: 3 Quick and Simple Solutions

Plus, a cheap makeup remover dupe

No matter what makeup look you’re hoping to achieve, adding mascara for that extra pop is essential, and thicker, luxurious lashes are a win until it’s time to take them off. Standing by the mirror or sink and wiping your eyes until they’re clean isn’t the most fun step, but it is important to remove as much mascara as possible to prevent breakage in the lashes. With that in mind, Woman’s World has the information you need on how to remove mascara without damaging your eyes.

How to remove mascara: Makeup wipes

Makeup wipes are a staple. They’re great in a pinch and can get those layers of mascara off quickly. Try looking for brands that are alcohol-free or made for sensitive skin as sometimes the wipes can be rough on the skin. Also, as tempting as it is to vigorously scrub or pinch the clumps off your lashes, these methods aren’t ideal for the eyes. Instead, press gently and lightly move the wipe back and forth until all the mascara has been removed.

Micellar water or eye makeup remover for mascara

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Micellar water is oftentimes used to remove makeup and also works when it comes to your lashes. @katie.org, a beauty influencer who posts product reviews and recommendations to TikTok, has a couple of different videos that use a bit of micellar water to clean off her lashes. In one video, she applies the micellar water to a makeup towel and scrubs her eyes gently in a circular motion. She uses a brush in a different one for a similar idea and removes any residue with cotton pads.

@katie.org

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@katie.org

i normally dont use cotton balls because theyre wasteful so id recommend using eye makeup removing cloth instead! #fyp #mascara #eyelashes #eyelashcare

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Eye makeup remover is also effective and will directly target the mascara. These removers typically have oil which helps to dissolve the oil in the mascara, unlike water-based products that repel them.

How to remove mascara: Cleansing balm

Similar to eye makeup remover, cleansing balms have oils that help to loosen the mascara and clear it off the lashes. Beauty influencer @daceycash swears by the Bye Bye Makeup Cleansing Balm Makeup Remover. “When you put it in your hands, it’s gonna heat up and it’ll turn into an oil,” she says in a TikTok. “Then you can just gently apply this to waterproof makeup.” To remove the most mascara, let the cleansing balm sit on the eyes for a few minutes before rubbing it off.

@daceycash

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Once the cleansing balm has set, simply take a warm, wet washcloth and lightly swipe all the mascara off the lashes. “You don’t want to pull hard,” she says to ensure you’re not damaging the skin around the eye.

Baby shampoo is a cheap alternative to a cleansing balm

If you’re not looking to spend a lot of money on makeup remover, you can swap out balms and oils for baby shampoo. Use no-tear formulas and brands that are chemical and fragrance-free to reduce any possible irritation.


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