If you share our love of fluttery, voluminous lashes, you know it’s all fun and games until it’s time to take it off. Even though it’s a tedious task, it’s important to remove every last bit of mascara at the end of the day to protect your lash hairs from breakage. Before the first step, take the time to choose a mascara that won’t do too much damage to your lashes in the first place - and for ongoing defence against brittle lashes, try Maybelline's Full 'N Soft Waterproof Mascara. Enriched with vitamin E, this advanced thickening formula contributes to healthy, soft, lashes with no compromise on long-lasting performance. The best part? The formula's Quick Dissolve System allows for quick and easy mascara removal. Now, let’s look at how to remove waterproof mascara easily. 


As much as we love waterproof mascara, there’s no denying it’s sometimes too good at staying put. Removing waterproof mascara usually requires an oil-based makeup remover that can break up the waterproof formula. So, when it comes to how to remove eye makeup, we recommend using the Maybelline Eye Make Up Remover because of its gentle, fragrance-free, and moisturising formula. It’s perfect for sensitive eyes and the delicate skin around the eye area because it doesn’t require harsh rubbing. Follow our steps below on how to use it to achieve easy, residue-free mascara removal.


Watching your mascara come off can be a scary sight at first, but racoon eyes are an inevitable part of the process, so be patient.

1. Start by shaking the Maybelline Eye Makeup Remover to combine the bi-phase formula, then soak a cotton pad in product.

2. Removing mascara is made easier when you give this product time to loosen the mascara on your lashes. So, hold the cotton pad over your closed eye for 30 seconds or so before gently wiping your mascara away.

3. Use a downward motion, or swipe the cotton pad outwards, starting from the inner corner of your eye - your mascara should slide off easily. If it seems like your mascara hasn’t budged, it might be because of product clumping. To fix this, just repeat this step until the mascara comes off and learn how to apply mascara without clumping.
  1. 1. Cleaning up mascara residue

    Now it’s time to clean up mascara residue from under and around your eyes. Pulling and tugging this delicate skin can contribute to the appearance of fine lines, so be gentle and take your time when removing waterproof mascara from this area. You can use the same cotton pad as you did in step one, but if you need to grab a fresh one, go for it. Just be sure to soak it in remover again. Fold the cotton pad in half and use a light touch to slide it under your eyes, bottom lashes, and edges of your eyes to remove smudged mascara until it’s completely gone.

  2. 2. Never skip skincare

    After removing mascara and taking off the rest of your makeup, it’s time for skincare. To keep your skin healthy and looking it’s best, you should never skip your skincare routine. It’s time to cleanse, tone, and moisturise - use your serums and treat yourself to an eye mask to really boost hydration to the skin around your eyes and give a plumper appearance. You can even use an eyelash mask to condition and care for stressed-out lashes.

  3. 3. Eyelash aftercare

    Eyelash aftercare is often looked over, but it’s an important step to keep your eyelashes in tip top shape. We love the Maybelline Lash Sensational Serum because it’s fortified with conditioning ingredients to help achieve the look of fuller, thicker lashes. So, if you’re after plush, soft lashes with less fallout during makeup removal, add this to your makeup kit. Use twice a day by applying a layer from root to tip and along the base - in the morning, allow the lash serum to dry before adding mascara, and in the night apply it after removing mascara and completing your PM skincare routine.


Removing regular mascara tends to be easier than removing waterproof mascara. Here are our simple steps for how to remove mascara:

1. Soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover or micellar water.

2. Hold the cotton pad over you closed eye for 5-10 seconds, applying slight pressure.

3. Gently slide the cotton pad downwards or across the eye, then wipe the underside of your lashes and around the eyes.

4. Repeat this process until your mascara is completely gone before moving on to skincare.


We all want makeup with staying power, and Maybelline has created some of the best long-wear makeup staples - like our Superstay 30h Foundation and Super Stay Matte Ink Longwear Liquid Lipstick. You can even use our virtual try on tool to see how our products will look before purchasing. Although lasting products are a makeup lover’s dream, they can be hard to take off at the end of the day. We’ve put together our tips for an easy way to remove makeup, no matter the product.

• If you’re looking for tips on how to remove makeup without makeup remover, we recommend a double cleanse. Just use your face cleanser as usual then repeat the process. 

• The Super Stay Eraser Lip Color Remover makes even the most pigmented lip makeup disappear instantly. Apply to your lips, then rub them together and wipe with a cotton pad.

• A swipe of our eye and lip remover on a cotton pad is perfect for removing long-lasting brow products like our Tattoo Studio Brow Styling Gel.


Now you know how to get off waterproof mascara and have our tips to remove makeup, find out all the do’s and don’ts of using mascara after lash lift and extensions