Removing waterproof mascara can be a real nightmare if we have delicate skin, but there is a foolproof technique!
Waterproof make-up is one of the most precious allies of summer make-up but, due to its particular formulation, it is really difficult to remove from the skin. Mascara, in particular, can take a very long time and effort to remove make-up.
Let’s start immediately by listing which are the techniques and wrong products to remove waterproof mascara from lashes.
The worst mistake you can make is trying to get rid of this cosmetic by using water and soap. This is an approach that we are sometimes forced to use because we have run out of makeup removers and other specific facial cleansers, but it is of very little use.
As the name says, in fact, waterproof or water resistant products are formulated in a way that do not melt in contact with water.
This means that we will get a single result: we will feel burning and, by dint of rubbing, we will probably irritate the very delicate skin around the eyes.
Also using baby shampoo is useless, always for the same reason: it is a water-based cleanser that, even if it does not sting the eyes, cannot remove waterproof cosmetics.
How to remove waterproof mascara at no cost and in a few moments?
When it comes to cosmetic products there is a general rule that we probably know very well but that we never thought to take into consideration when it comes to demaquillage.
Body and cosmetic products can be water-based or oil-based. This means that solvents effective on them must contain the same substances.
Practically, a water-based product dissolves with water, an oil-based product dissolves with oil.
Since they are formulated not to dissolve in contact with water, all waterproof cosmetics are oil based. It follows that the only way to remove make-up in a simple and effective way is to use oily products.
This means that if we do not have specific detergents, micellar waters or other biphasic detergents, we can use a series of products that we commonly have at home and which contain large quantities of oils.
The natural products that we can use are:
- olive, seed or sunflower oil
- sweet almond, coconut, or agave oil
- very greasy moisturizers, such as the ones we should use in winter
- conditioner or nourishing hair masks.
All these products can be used for carry out a demaquillage in two phases, that is, it provides two types of cleansing.
The first stage consists in applying the oily product on the eyes and massage gently from the lash line downwards. The advice is not to rub with horizontal movements so as not to risk tearing the lashes.
After a few seconds you will see the mascara begin to melt, at which point you will have to continue massaging, perhaps adding more oily product, until you will have the impression that you have eliminated most of the mascara. It will take just a few seconds and the procedure will not be irritating to the eyes!
At this point you will have to proceed to the second phase, which is based on the cleansing with foaming products. In practice it will be necessary remove greasy products and make-up residues using a corny lathering soap.
It may be the perfect time to use your non-stinging baby shampoo, as it will now be able to remove the already well-dissolved oily residue.
The alternative is to use very little liquid soap or well diluted shower gel, ie used on wet fingertips. Continuing to lather down from the lash line will remove much of the oil and mascara residue.
To avoid burning your eyes excessively, you can use a slightly moistened paper towel to absorb most of the soapy water, then proceed to rinse thoroughly and continue to dab without opening your eyes. Done!