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3 Ways to Easily Remove Eyeliner

January 03, 2020

Whether you’re taking it all off at the end of the night or you’ve fallen victim to a line gone wrong mid-eyeliner application, you may be wondering what your options are when it comes to removing this beloved eye makeup product. Well, lucky for you, there’s more than one makeup remover option you can use to swipe away undesired eyeliner. In fact, we’ve compiled a list of three ways to easily remove eyeliner—no need to fret over a spoiled makeup look or seemingly irremovable cat eye. Interested? Let’s get to it!


Micellar water will always be one of our favorite, tried-and-true methods for removing makeup, including eyeliner. Powered by micelle molecules that cluster together to surround and lift away impurities and makeup, there’s no rinsing or harsh rubbing required. This is a great option for those who may have flicked their wing a little too far or simply want to remove a misdrawn line without ruining the rest of their eye makeup look.

Simply dip a cotton swab in the liquid formula and swipe away the liner mishap in question. Since there’s no rinsing required, you don’t have to worry about washing away the rest of your look in the process! Want to use it for a total removal? Saturate a cotton pad and hold it over your eye for a few seconds, then gently wipe.

Product pick: Give the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types a try. The formula removes makeup—even waterproof products like the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof—and completely cleanses your skin in just one step.


Of course, eye makeup remover may seem like an obvious option, but it’s an option worth mentioning. As opposed to traditional makeup remover, eye makeup remover is ophthalmologist tested and formulated specifically for use on the eyes. If you’re looking to wipe your liner away, consider it a foolproof choice!

Product pick: Give the L’Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover a try. This oil-free eye makeup remover removes eye makeup instantly with its gentle formula, cleaning the delicate eye area without leaving a greasy film. Wearing waterproof eyeliner? Use the L’Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover instead. The formula instantly dissolves every trace of eye makeup, even long-wearing products, while gently conditioning your lashes. To use either, saturate a cotton ball with your remover of choice, close your eyes, and sweep the cotton ball gently across your lids.


Last but not least, we couldn’t leave makeup wipes off this list! They're a convenient option for traveling, as you can easily stash a pack in your purse or backpack for on-the-go removal. Not to mention, it’s perfect for those nights you just can’t wait until you get home to take your makeup off. Say goodbye to your liner during your commute!

Product pick: Give the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes a try. These alcohol-free, ultra-soft towelettes gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup, mascara, and even long-wear formulas—including that waterproof liner you swear by—without drying out your skin. Dirt and oil are dissolved for clean and visibly tightened pores.

Want a deeper cleanse at the end of the night? Use the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Radiant Smoothing Wet Cleansing Towelettes. These towelettes are specially formulated to nourish skin and boost radiance while gently exfoliating and removing all traces of impurities and makeup. What eyeliner? Bonus: Your skin will look smoother, brighter, and more refined.

Next up: What about the rest of your complexion? We’re sure eyeliner isn’t the only makeup product you’ll want to remove at the end of the night. To get makeup-free skin, head on over to our article, How to Remove Every Kind of Makeup.

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