This Celebrity Makeup Artist Has a Brilliant Hack for Removing Stubborn Mascara

Updated 07/07/19
Urban Outfitters Blog

There are a few beauty practices that are so difficult or annoying that they become infamous. Take, for example, makeup brush cleaning. It's necessary, but it can be a total chore (so many brushes, so little time). Another great example is glitter nail polish removal. You can all but drown your nails in acetone, but there will still always be a few stray sparkles left behind. Glitter removal in general is known for its arduousness.

One of the most annoying beauty struggles, though, has to be removing waterproof mascara. The budge-proof and waterproof formulas are great for wearing during a rainy day, a trip to the beach, or a particularly tearjerking movie, but they're beyond difficult to remove completely. Especially when you've applied more than one coat. It's particularly hard to do so without getting makeup remover or—god forbid—mascara in your eye.

According to The Zoe Report, though, one celebrity makeup artist has a genius hack for achieving easy and gentle waterproof mascara removal. He applies the mascara in such a way that it doesn't take 20 minutes, three oils, and all of our patience to remove.

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Celebrity makeup artist Nick Barose works with the likes of Priyanka Chopra and Lupita Nyong'o. He's a beauty industry expert, and he's just shared his brilliant hack. Seriously, the way he easily removes budge-proof and waterproof mascara is genius. You see, instead of applying two coats of waterproof mascara to his clients' lashes, he applies a coat of regular mascara, and then a coat of waterproof on top.

This way, your lashes are still sealed from day-to-day exposure to the outside elements, like water and humidity (no raccoon eyes here!), but when it's time to remove the stuff, it glides off your lashes more easily, because the makeup remover only has to break through a single coat of a waterproof formula. After it breaks through the waterproof layer, all that's left to deal with is an easy-to-remove traditional formula. Brilliant, right? We wish we'd have thought of it before all of the times we went to bed defeated by smudged, irritated eyes.

This trick is especially helpful when you're using an extreme waterproof mascara like the Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara ($24), which literally won't budge the tiniest bit even after diving into a pool (we're speaking from personal experience). We also recommend, more than anything, using an oil-based remover during your first attempt to clean off waterproof mascara, and not just as a last resort—most are made to be only water-proof and not oil-proof. Yes, if you don't own an oil cleanser it's another product to own, but you can also just as easily use olive or coconut oil to achieve similar results. To be clear, this doesn't work with all mascaras, but it's good to know whether it works for your formula, because it can make life a lot easier.

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