Bye, bye raccoon eyes

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Removing Makeup
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There are a lot of reasons to be thankful for waterproof mascara. It has had our backs during the best of times like weddings and graduations, the worst of times like that terrible breakup, and let us not forget, the sweatiest of times. (Hello, summer in the South.) For all its benefits, it still has one very big downside: It's stubborn as heck to get off. Not all makeup removers are created equal, so to save you some rubbing and scrubbing, we tested a range of different formulations ourselves. Our top two include one save—a bargain formula you can find at your local drugstore—and one splurge for those looking to pamper their lids a teeny bit more.

The Save: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-In-One Waterproof


Micellar water is a lazy girl's dream. Not only are we partial to it because it's ideal for removing makeup, but it also doesn't require washing your face afterwards. Thanks to its micelles (teeny tiny oil molecules), it removes dirt and grime like a magnet without stripping skin of moisture. One cotton pad easily took off all our eye makeup and left skin feeling clean and refreshed before we hopped into bed.

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The Splurge: Lancome Bi-Facil Double Action Eye Makeup Remover

It's no wonder that celebrity makeup artists can't get enough of this eye makeup remover. Its oil-in-water combination dissolves even the most smudge-proof liquid liner and mascara. We loved how there was zero stinging and our skin didn't feel greasy after we used it. Another perk: The delicate floral scent it left behind.