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Waterproof makeup can be a great option for days when you know you’ll be in for the long haul and don’t want to have to worry about touch-ups. It’s especially useful during wedding season when you might be outside for hours—and experiencing major waterworks.
The only downside: Waterproof makeup can be difficult to remove once you make it home at the end of the night. Truth is, when we’re applying H2O-proof makeup, most of us don’t give all that much thought to how we’ll remove it later on. But, even if removing waterproof makeup is difficult, it doesn’t mean you should go to sleep in a full face. Doing that can lead to clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts (gasp!). Instead of suffering through the repercussions of sleeping in your makeup, be prepared to remove your waterproof makeup—the right way—before bed. Below, we’re sharing how to remove waterproof makeup—three ways.
Removing waterproof makeup isn’t as impossible as you thought. In fact, there are a number of ways, from micellar water to makeup removing towelettes to traditional waterproof eye makeup remover, to do just that. The best part: None of these options involve harsh rubbing, which is something you definitely want to avoid—especially when it comes to your delicate eye area!
Micellar water is a gentle cleansing option that can also be used to remove makeup—yes, even the waterproof kind. The L'Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act like a magnet to help lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. It removes makeup, including waterproof, cleans dirt and impurities, and intensely purifies—no rinsing or rubbing required! It can be used on your face, lips, and eyes and is suitable for all skin types—even sensitive skin.
How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad over your face until your skin is completely clean. You can also use it to remove waterproof eye makeup. Hold the pad over closed eyes for a few seconds and then gently wipe to remove. You don’t have to follow up with any rinsing.
We get it: When you’re exhausted after a long day, the last thing you want to do is stand in front of your bathroom mirror scrubbing your face until you get every little last bit of waterproof mascara off. And it doesn’t have to be that way! Stash a pack of the L'Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ Makeup Removing Towelettes, All Skin Types on your nightstand for easy access and you can remove your makeup in bed. It doesn’t get much better than that! These ultra-soft, alcohol-free makeup removing towelettes gently cleanse and remove all traces of makeup, even mascara and long-wear makeup.
How to use it: All you have to do is take a towelette out of the packet and wipe away! Just make sure you close the pack afterward so the other wipes don’t dry out. Follow up with moisturizer—keep your fave close to your bed as well so you can easily find it. Need a recommendation? Try the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Oily Skin, L'Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Normal/Dry Skin, or L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care - Extra Dry Skin.
Are you a fan of traditional eye makeup remover? You know, a liquid in a bottle that can be poured onto a cotton pad or swab. If that’s the case, look no further than the L'Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Waterproof & Long Wearing Eye Makeup Remover. This double-action formula gently and easily removes waterproof and long-wearing eye makeup without leaving behind any greasy residue.
How to use it: Saturate a cotton pad with the makeup remover, close your eyes, and gently sweep the cotton pad across your lids. Do this gently and you should be good to go!
Want to learn more about proper makeup removal? Here’s The Right Way to Remove Eye Makeup.