Mishal Cazmi
Mishal Cazmi

How I Remove Stubborn Waterproof Makeup

I’ve spent a lot of time complaining about how I avoid waterproof mascara because it takes so much effort to get it off. Ain’t nobody got time for that. Until one day, Glow‘s assistant beauty editor Emily MacCulloch very matter-of-factly told me, “Then you’re not using the right kind of makeup remover!” From that day forward, it became my personal mission to find the best waterproof makeup removers out there. I surveyed friends and co-workers, trolled message boards, browsed Best Of lists and finally put a whole bunch to the test. Here are the winners.


Makeup Remover: Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover
Test-Drive: One of the reasons why I hate waterproof mascaras is because my lashes fall out like sad petals when I’m trying to wipe off my makeup at the end of the day. I already know I have weak lashes, but what I need is a strong enough remover that’ll get the job done with little to no tugging (or lash casualties). This magic eraser removes everything in one go.


Makeup Remover: Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water All-in-1 Cleansing Water
This little baby isn’t so little–it’s 400 ml of waterproof makeup-attacking micellar water. It’s a great drugstore option for when you want a high-performing product without shilling out too much dough (it’s just over $12). The label says it works for sensitive skin types as well, which makes it a winner in my books. No oil, alcohol or fragrance means no stinging or greasy residue.


Makeup Remover: Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover
Test-Drive: This double-phase liquid was Emily’s recommendation. It also happens to be one that’s racked up the most beauty awards. I decided to put on the one mascara I love (and also hate because it’s too good). One reason why this one works so well: you only need a little to whisk everything away, meaning your 125 ml bottle will go a very long way.