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The sticky secrets of waterproof mascara

If you "pump" the wand to prime the mascara, you're speeding up the breakdown of the special waterproof formula. Try swirling the wand to preserve the ingredients in the mascara so it will last longer.

Whether you're primping for a wedding, a day at the beach, or a hot summer's day, waterproof mascara is a must. You love it for its stick-ability, but how exactly does it work and how do you get it off at the end of your fun-filled day?

Simple solutions to take it off

After you've enjoyed the benefits of waterproof mascara, you should remove it to let your natural lashes breath. Here are a few no-fail ways to get the job done:

  • Use a mild cleanser that doesn't sting your eyes—like baby shampoo or a non-irritating facial cleanser. Try not to pull or tug at your lashes.
  • Get a gentle eye makeup remover. Pour some onto a cotton ball and gently rub over your lashes. Use a cotton swab to get hard-to-reach areas. Be careful not to get makeup remover in your eyes.
  • Try a cold cream to remove stubborn makeup. This oldie-but-goodie product isn't as drying to your lashes. Look for one that's hypoallergenic and safe for eyes.

Remember to read the labels and make sure that the products you choose are safe for your eyes. Stop using a product right away if it irritates your eyes. And if your eyes aren't better within a few days, make sure to see your VSP doctor.