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It's not always as easy as you might think. 

If you’ve ever washed your face only to find your lashes still feel like short, prickly pieces of straw, we’re here to save your lashes and your sanity. The first thing to acknowledge and note is that waterproof mascara is no joke. Face wash and a splash of water won’t have this stuff budging. Removing waterproof mascara the proper way is important in order to ensure you aren’t giving too much friction to the sensitive skin around your eyes—not to mention, removing the right way will keep all your delicate lashes in tact.  

Start with an Oil-based Eye Makeup Remover

We’re talking waterproof mascara here, so starting with an oil-based eye makeup remover is your best bet for quick removal though we’ve heard Vaseline or any number of pantry oils (olive oil, almond oil, etc.) will work if you’re in a pinch.

Soak It Off

You’ll need two cotton pads soaked in eye-makeup remover. Hold one under the lashes and one over, creating a sandwich effect. Sit tight for about 10- to 15-seconds. Remove the cotton pads and brush lashes in a downward motion to remove the mascara.

Clean Up with Cotton Swabs

If you have a bit of stubborn mascara at the base of the lash line or in the corner of your eye, use a cotton swab with a bit of eye-makeup remover for those harder-to-reach areas.

Cleanse, Tone, and Moisturize

After getting every last bit of mascara off your lashes, don’t forget to cleanse, tone, and moisturize the rest of your face before hitting the pillow. You’ll end up removing any last bits of eye makeup or eye makeup remover that may not be visible.

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What’s your go-to mascara? We recently shared a few of our favorite drugstore mascaras, but would love to hear what your favorite brand and make is as well as whether or not you use waterproof mascara on a daily basis. Share info with us in the comments section.