Don’t Let Waterproof Mascara Cause You Dark Circles This Summer

Summer’s here – and with it trips to the beach and to the pool. Of course, we all want to look great – even in the water, so many of us purchase a waterproof mascara at this time of the year, although we may not wear it at any other time. Here’s where the problem starts, as although waterproof mascara is designed to ensure we don’t end up looking like pandas with dark circles and smudges under our eyes after a swim, they can cause more long lasting shadows under the eyes because they are either irritant to our eyes or because we do not have the right products to remove them without rubbing. Follow our simple tips for trouble-free, waterproof lashes and beautiful eyes this summer!

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Follow our tips for choosing and removing waterproof mascara and avoid problems

Of course, there are many other scenarios when you would want to wear a waterproof mascara – for example:

  • Emotional occasions: My son is getting married in October this year and I just know I shall be needing my hankie on such an emotional occasion – so I will not be wanting panda eyes for the photographs!
  • Allergies and colds: Increased tear production due to allergies and colds can also cause mascara to run.
  • Contact Lenses: Wearers of these often prefer a mascara without any fibers making a waterproof version a good choice.

Editors Tip: A waterproof mascara is the perfect choice if your eyelashes are long and straight and you want to curl them. This type is absolutely the best for holding a curl!

Problems caused by Irritation

First of all, some waterproof mascaras can cause sensitivity problems because of the formulation. You need to look for a hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested formula. Look for a resin-free product as resin is the ingredient which most often causes eye problems for people with sensitive skins.

Amazon ImageOur recommendations for a luxurious buy is this Lancome Definicils High Definition Mascara Waterproof Black/Noir.

This mascara works so well, because of the horseshoe shaped bristles in the applicator brush with a central groove that releases the formula gradually as you apply it so that a fine layer is achieved.

Its waterproof formula will keep your lashes looking great all day long and because it is ophalmologist tested, you can trust Lancome Definicil to give you longer more beautiful lashes.

You can browse all the waterproof mascara range available at great prices from Amazon by using this link.


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Problems caused when removing water-proof formulas

The major problem is that using your usual cleanser might well result in you having to rub quite hard to remove waterproof mascara. This can result in dark circles and shadows under your eyes due to damaging the very fragile skin and the delicate capillaries beneath which can easily rupture and cause blood to leak out beneath the skin leaving bluish-black shadows.

Another problem of using your normal cleanser is that because you have to apply it more vigorously, there is more danger of it getting into your eye causing stinging and irritation. This can lead to redness and puffiness and make dark shadows worse if you give into the temptation to rub your eyes to get relief from the irritation.

Here’s how to remove your waterproof mascara without tears!

Lancome Bi-Facil

Tip, shake the bottle gently before use to mix the two layers together

Get a really good waterproof eye make up removal product. My own personal favorite is Lancome Bi-Facil Non-Oily Instant Cleanser for Sensitive Eyes. This might seem a little pricey but in my opinion, it is worth it. I got mine as part of my Christmas present from my daughter and it lasts absolutely ages. I love it because it is so effective and so gentle and it is also great for removing all traces of even the most stubborn lipstick without any rubbing.

For a more budget-conscious buy, try Klorane Soothing Eye Make-up Remover with Cornflower. This soothing formula is gentle and is ophthalmologist tested and suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. It is also tough enough to remove even the most stubborn waterproof eye make up.

Start your makeup removing routine with cleansing your eyelashes before tackling the rest of your face.

how to remove waterproof mascaraYou will also need some cotton wool balls or cotton pads. I prefer cotton pads because I find I use less product and they are easier for me to use effectively. The trick is never to rub or pull at your lashes. Soak the cotton wool in your chosen cleanser product and place it against your lashes for around twenty seconds. This gives it a chance to penetrate the mascara and start dissolving it away.

Then gently wipe your lashes from root to tip, always in the same direction to thoroughly clean them. If the roots of your lashes still have mascara on them, a good idea is to use a Q Tip dipped in your cleanser as this enables you to gently get right down to the base of the lashes without any tugging or rubbing.

Repeat with the other eye before finishing your cleansing routine using your normal cleanser, then rinse your face thoroughly with tepid water, apply your normal toner, followed by eye cream and moisturizer for your skin.

A waterproof mascara you can remove without makeup remover!

Amazon ImageIf you do not want to use makeup remover at all, you could try Blinc Kiss Me Mascara (view the whole range here). This luxury blend is invented to form a water resistant tube around each lash to add both length and volume without running, clumping, smudging or flaking. Manufacturers state this product is ideal for both contact lens wearers and those with sensitive eyes and that it can be removed just by sliding the tubes of mascara off your lashes – however, although this product is getting great reviews for not causing irritation and for doing exactly what it promises, some reviewers mention that some eyelashes come out as well – something to consider.

I hope our tips about safe use and removal of waterproof mascara will help you look bright eyed all summer long!

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