After a long day, sometimes the last thing you want to do is stop to take off your eye makeup, especially if it’s the stubborn waterproof kind. But, never sleep with eye makeup on. Little particles from your mascara, eyeliner or eyeshadow can fall into your eyes as you sleep — causing irritation, dryness and even infection. Once you get into the habit of removing your eye makeup every night, it will seem as natural as brushing your teeth, and your clean skin and clear eyes will thank you in the morning.


Shampooing your eyelids may sound odd, but if you’re wearing non-waterproof makeup, it should work like a charm. Just use a mild soap, or better yet, baby shampoo. Create a lather between your fingertips with soap and water and gently wash the makeup away, with your eyes closed, of course. Rinse thoroughly with water. You can also apply the soap and water lather to a soft washcloth or cotton swab to remove your makeup.

Makeup Remover

Waterproof eye makeup is ideal for keeping your makeup perfect when you have to go out in rainy weather or know you’ll be tearing up at the movie on girls’ night out. But waterproof eye makeup is a pain to remove. Unless you want to sit in front of the mirror for ages shampooing your lids, opt for a good store-bought eye-makeup remover. If you have sensitive skin, look for products labeled hypoallergenic and acid-free. You can find both oily and non-oily varieties. Products that only usually work well, but they can leave your skin feeling super greasy.

Pads vs. Liquid

Eye makeup comes in liquid bottles, pads or large cloth wipes. The liquid is nice because you can pour out the exact amount you need on a cloth or cotton swab. With a pad or wipe, you don’t need anything else, but you might not need to use the entire pad or clean and will have to either trash a half-used pad or try to stuff it back in the package. If you go the pad or wipe route, look for packages that quickly reseal to keep the product from drying out.


If your makeup remover leaves an oily residue, shampoo your eyelids and lashes, and then wash your face. For healthy, beautiful skin, it’s a good idea to wash your face before bed, anyway. If your makeup-remover pads or wipes dry out, add a little water to moisten them up again. If you wear contact lenses, use the makeup remover or shampooing method to get your eyelids and lashes back to their natural state, but always remove your glasses first. And always wash and dry your hands before touching your contacts.


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