3 Of The Best Ways to Remove Stubborn Makeup

If you’re somebody who wears makeup, you will understand the stress and irritation of trying to remove it at the end of the day. Waterproof eyeliners and mascaras are popular for their all-day wear and finish, but some of them are so good at staying on, we risk scrubbing and running at our eyes to remove the pigment. If you’re worried about damaging your eyes or skin in an effort to remove all of your makeup, check out these tips on some of the gentlest ways to effectively remove makeup.

Vaseline Or Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline is not just effective at softening chapped lips and dry skin. If you’re wearing eyeshadow or eyeliner, try gently dabbing a bit of Vaseline over it (taking extra care to avoid getting it in your eyes) and then rubbing until the pigment fades away. You’ll then want to use a micellar water or eye makeup remover over the Vaseline, but it can do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to gently shifting long-wear makeup.

Micellar Water

Micellar water works by attracting dirt particles, so it will absorb a lot of the pigment on your eyes or skin. Take care by gently dabbing at your eyes or skin with a cotton pad soaked with micellar water, and avoid too much rubbing or scrubbing at your skin. Most micellar waters claim they don’t need to be rinsed off, but it’s a good idea to double cleanse by using a foaming face wash, to ensure your skin is thoroughly clean.


If you’re wearing lots of eyeliner, it can help to gently run a water or micellar water soaked q-tip around your eye before you move in with other forms of makeup remover. This makes it less likely that you will brush makeup residue into your eye when you come to remove your makeup, and it also offers a quick and simple way of cleaning and refreshing your eye area without too much product.

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