How To Take Off Mascara Without Makeup Remover

woman removing mascara without makeup remover

How do you take off mascara without makeup remover?

Whether you want to take a more natural approach to cosmetics, or you’ve run out of your favorite store-bought remover. It’s possible to remove mascara without heading to the nearest drugstore.

But first, before we get into this, let’s define mascara.

Mascara is a cosmetic product that is applied to the eyelashes to make them appear longer, thicker, and darker or sometimes more defined. The most common presentations of mascara are powder, cream, or liquid form but other types exist.

Modern waterproof mascara is meant to survive rain, tears, and even sweat which makes it quite stubborn to remove but not entirely impossible. In this post, we’ll take you through all the ins and outs of removing mascara without makeup remover.

What Are The Best Makeup Remover Alternatives?

Natural remedies that can be used, in no specific order, are as follows:

  • Petroleum jelly (Vaseline)
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Micellar water
  • Grapeseed oil
  • Almond oil
  • Witch hazel
  • Jojoba oil (this is great for acne-prone, sensitive skin)
  • Soap and water (it barely made the cut but here it is still)

How Do You Remove Waterproof Mascara Without Makeup Remover?

Before you start you’ll need the following items:

Supplies For Removing Waterproof Mascara

Q-tip (this will help you get the residue out of hard-to-reach areas of your eyes), or a cotton swab. Look out for the tiny fibers that might occasionally get caught in your eye.

Makeup pad or makeup remover pad or a soft towel. If not, a wet paper towel in case you’re making a quick removal in the ladies’ room.

The tutorial will be divided into 2 parts. First how to use coconut oil or petroleum jelly because they have similar texture. And the second part will cover how to use the various oils listed above. The process is pretty much the same for any oil.

How To Use Coconut Oil/Vaseline To Remove Waterproof Mascara

Make sure to wash your hands before bringing them anywhere near your eyes. And wash your face too.

Step 1:

Take a pea-size amount of either coconut oil or Vaseline and place it in the palm of one hand.

Step 2:

Work the coconut oil or Vaseline between the thumb and index finger of the other hand.

Step 3:

Move your hand in rubbing motion until the substance loosens up in texture.

Step 4:

Gently apply the substance onto the eyelashes, massaging from root to tip.

Step 5:

Allow to set for 30 seconds to 1 minute maximum.

Step 6:

Wipe off with a makeup remover pad soaked in warm water and the mascara should come right off.

Step 7:

Follow with a wet Q-tip to target any leftover mascara you may have missed.

Step 8:

Wash everything off once more.

How To Use (Nut, Vegetable and Esstential) Oils To Remove Waterproof Mascara

Make sure to wash your hands and face before and after.

Step 1:

Add a drop or two (of any oil of your choice) to a makeup removing wipe or cotton swab or paper towel.

Step 2:

Place the swab or wipe over your closed eyes and leave for 5 minutes (much like cucumber slices used to rejuvenate eyes).

Step 3:

After the five minutes are up, rub off the eyelashes again massaging from root to tip applying slight pressure.

Step 4:

Go in with a Q-tip to get any mascara residue off. Gently clean up the eye and lash area.

Step 5:

Wash face with your choice of face wash and pat dry the skin and moisturize as usual.

How Do You Remove Mascara Without Makeup Wipes?

Necessity is the mother of all invention. And removing stubborn mascara has long been a challenge but we have learnt how to work around it. With just a few simple ingredients, you can remove mascara without using makeup wipes.

Conventional, store-bought makeup wipes contain harsh chemicals that destroy the acid mantle of your skin. And disrupt the pH balance leaving your skin prone to breakouts. Fortunately, DIY makeup wipes are the easiest and least expensive way to remove mascara, using all-natural ingredients.

Here is a quick list of what you need to remove mascara without makeup wipes:

  • Vaseline
  • Micellar water
  • Oils (coconut, castor, olive, and even baby oil)

Instructions for removing mascara without makeup wipes:

Step 1:

Soak a makeup pad, cotton ball, or swab with any of the items listed above.

Step 2:

Rub the makeup pad, cotton ball, or swab around your eyelashes to remove all of the mascara.

Step 3:

Rinse the makeup pad, cotton ball, or swab and repeat until all the mascara is gone.

Since waterproof mascara is often oil-based or contains water-repelling compounds. Using water to wash it off simply won’t work. That’s where the oils come into play. They function by breaking down the mascara since they share a similar molecular structure. They gradually dissolve away the mascara so you can easily wipe it away.

What Is The Easiest Way To Remove Mascara?

The most effective ways to remove mascara are either petroleum jelly, coconut oil, or micellar water which is made from purified water and little micelles (little bead-like balls of moisturizer such as glycerine).

Removing mascara, especially a waterproof formula, can be pretty annoying. It is best to use an eye makeup remover that will target that area specifically instead of the ones generally meant for facial care. If you’re skeptical about using store-bought makeup removers, try out one of the natural DIY alternatives above.

Can You Remove Mascara With Soap And Water?

The short answer is yes. Think of it like emptying your bathtub with a teaspoon. It can be done but it will take forever and here’s why.

As the soapy water comes into contact with the waterproof mascara most of the water is repelled. And beads together and washes off a small amount of mascara at a time.

So yes it’s possible but it requires the patience of a Tibetan monk. And a little more than just gentle encouragement to rub it off. If that doesn’t work, you can use petroleum jelly or coconut oil.

What Is The Best Homemade Makeup Remover?

The best makeup remover contains hazel which has hypoallergenic as well as antioxidant properties. More specifically, witch hazel is an essential oil similar to tea tree oil.

Witch hazel helps to remove makeup while reducing the effects of oxidative stress on your skin, moisturizes, and leaves your skin feeling rejuvenated all without causing any irritation or allergic reaction.

How Can I Make My Own Makeup Remover?

Here are 2 budget-friendly, natural remedies to remove mascara.

Witch Hazel: Homemade Makeup Remover

The easiest homemade makeup remover is one made with witch hazel oil. All you need is a spray bottle, some water, and oil.

Mix witch hazel oil with water using a 50:50 ratio. Close the bottle and shake vigorously. The oil will settle at the top (perfectly normal, the two don’t like each other much).

Be sure to shake the bottle before each usage that way you get an even mixture. Then whenever you need to use it, spray a generous measure into your palm and massage on face. And wash off after 5 minutes with a cleanser of your choice.

Aloe Vera And Honey: Homemade Makeup Remover

Alternatively, you can use aloe vera and honey:

Step 1:

Add equal parts raw honey (1/4 cup) and aloe vera gel (1/4 cup) to a bowl.

Step 2:

Throw in a tbsp. or two of any oil of your choice .

Step 3:

Hip it all together until it thickens into a paste.

Step 4:

Store in an airtight container to make it last longer and refrigerate if any fresh ingredients are used.

Step 5:

Only scoop as much as needed per application, massage onto face, and wash off after a minute or two. Dab dry and apply moisturizer as needed.

How To Remove Mascara Without Makeup Remover: Final Thoughts

Now that you’re wiser here are a few tips to save you from hellish mascara removals. First, avoid overusing waterproof mascara. It’s a stress to remove and it has adverse health effects.

Avoid touching the waterline (pink flesh) in your eye that’s a sure way to move germs from your mascara right into your eye. Speaking of which, try to change your mascara every three months. Because the dark warm environment inside the mascara tube is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria.

Next, you ought to do a patch test with any of the oils mentioned above to see if they agree with your skin before applying it to your eyes. And lastly, easy with the rubbing. The oils will do the work to dissolve the mascara just fine without you clawing your eyeballs out.


By Jessica Crawford

Jessica Crawford is a beauty editor at Kintegra Research. She writes stories about beauty for the internet. Obsessively writing about latest makeup trends, beauty tips and tricks, and must-have beauty products. She also has an unhealthy crush on Brad Pitt and would like to please meet him one day, if you could arrange that. Thanks.