How to Remove Waterproof Eyeliner

Removing waterproof eyeliner can be a challenge. It seems like no matter what you do, it just won’t come off. But with the right tools and techniques, it can be done easily.

Well, below I’ll show you how to remove waterproof eyeliner using two methods – using an eye makeup remover and using coconut oil. So whether you’re at home or on the go, you’ll know how to get that liner off your eyes! When you’re ready to start, scroll down below for two easy ways to remove your waterproof or very long-lasting eyeliner.

First method: how to remove waterproof eyeliner with makeup remover

First of all, make sure you have an oil-based makeup remover. Squeeze a small amount onto a cotton ball and gently wipe the pad over your eyes in the area where the liner is. If the eye makeup doesn’t come off at first, don’t wipe it back and forth – just hold it in place on your skin until it starts to break up/fade away

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Keep wiping in that same spot until it’s almost completely gone before moving on to another section of lashes. That way, if there are

parts that still need a little more time, you can use the other end of the cotton swab and go back to that spot without getting any makeup remover on your skin.

It doesn’t matter how much it feels like the waterproof eyeliner won’t come off – keep wiping patiently with lots of patience and it will slowly start to dissolve. Once all the mascara is gone, move on to the second method below.

How do you get waterproof eyeliner off naturally?

Second method: how to remove waterproof eyeliner with coconut oil

With this technique, you’re going to be using coconut oil which is a natural makeup remover. When I first heard about using coconut oil for removing waterproof eyeliner, I was pretty surprised since “oil” isn’t usually what we want near our eyes! But it’s a popular method with a lot of people who swear by it, so I had to try for myself.

First, get a small amount of coconut oil on your fingers and rub between them until you have an even coating all over. Make sure the layer is thin enough that it won’t block your pores! If you do accidentally put too much on, just wipe off any excess onto your side or back where you’ve already applied the oil.

Why your waterproof eyeliner come off

Then, hold one hand out in front of your eyes and gently swipe from lashes to eyebrows using two fingers (middle and pointer) like you’re applying eyeliner (but without actually putting anything near your eyes). All the makeup should be gone when you’re done swiping – if there are any spots left, just apply a little more oil and do it again until they’re gone.

Once the remover is applied, just wipe it off with a dry cloth or tissue. You can use your fingers for this too if you don’t have anything else around – but either way, make sure you don’t rub back and forth because that will irritate your eyes!

You’ll probably notice that these two techniques are similar to each other at first glance, but they are actually very different in one major way – how much pressure you use.

Why your waterproof eyeliner come off

If you’ve ever had trouble getting your waterproof eyeliner to budge, you’re not alone. Many women have difficulty removing this type of eyeliner even when they use the proper techniques.

If this is the first time it’s happened to you, then chances are that your eyeliner isn’t actually “waterproof.” This can be a case of mislabeling – when eyeliner is called “waterproof” even though it isn’t designed to withstand water.

Why your waterproof eyeliner come off

Many brands will completely remove the word “waterproof” from their packaging and replace it with something like “very water-resistant” or “water-resistant.”

In many cases, even if the eyeliner will only last for 6 hours or less when you wear it, that can be long enough to call it waterproof. If you’re trying to get your makeup off after about 4-6 hours of wear (and perhaps expecting it to come right off), then that’s one reason why your waterproof eye makeup isn’t coming off.

The other culprit is simply how much pressure you apply when you try to remove it. Applying too much pressure is exactly what we want to avoid doing since even something gentle can irritate our eyes.

Does micellar water remove waterproof eyeliner?

Micellar water has become a popular beauty product in recent years. It is said to be able to remove makeup, including waterproof eyeliner, without harsh scrubbing. But does it really work?

The gentle, yet effective makeup remover can be used to remove all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup-even waterproof eyeliner.

  • First, you’ll want to saturate a cotton pad with micellar water. Then, hold it firmly against your lashes for about 5 seconds.
  • Finally, wipe the cotton pad in a downward motion from your lash line to your eyebrows.
  • Repeat if necessary

The results speak for themselves! You should be left with a clean, fresh face and sparkling eyes.

How do you remove magnetic eyeliner without makeup wipes?

When trying to get off your magnetic eyeliner (or any tough waterproof eyeliner) try using coconut oil instead of traditional makeup removers or micellar water products.

It will dissolve the waterproofing on your eye makeup and allow the black mascara to slide off without having to scrub at it. Wait for more than 3 minutes before attempting to wipe away the mixture with a warm wet cloth or tissue that has been dipped in some warm water.

This method works best if some additional time is allowed as you won’t risk irritating the skin around your eyes.

Final Thoughts

Waterproof eyeliner can be a blessing and a curse. It’s great because it doesn’t smudge, fade or budge. But when you want it gone – there’s nothing worse than waterproof eyeliner that won’t come off.

Luckily, there are simple solutions that will help you remove waterproof eye makeup quickly and easily. You can either try two different oils or use common micellar water to get your eyeliner off – but no matter what method you choose, remember to be gentle so as not to irritate your eyes.