How To Take Off Waterproof Eyeliner Without Makeup Remover

If you’re wondering how to remove waterproof eyeliner without makeup remover, you’ve come to the right place. Sometimes, your makeup remover doesn’t work. Or you have to scrub so hard that it hurts your eye. Other times, you’re simply out of makeup remover. Whatever the case, this is how to take off waterproof eyeliner without makeup remover. 

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Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has so many benefits in skincare and beauty that I’ve always got a jar of raw, organic coconut oil. That makes it my go to option for taking off waterproof eyeliner. Rub a little bit across your eye with your finger. Then, wipe it off. The eyeliner will come off with coconut oil. 

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Amazon Brand Happy Belly Unrefined Coconut Oil ($8)

Organic Unrefined and Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil by Vivanaturals ($22)

Baby Oil

I think that coconut oil is fantastic, but I understand we don’t have a jar sitting in the pantry at all times. Other oils will work well, too. Baby oil is standard because it’s gentle on the skin and works amazingly well. You use the same process that you would with coconut oil to remove waterproof eyeliner. 

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Johnson’s Baby Oil ($5)

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Baby Oil- 3 Pack ($30)

Salimo Baby Oil ($4.36)


We all know that you can use Vaseline as a brow gel and many other things, but did you know that it also works well at removing waterproof makeup? Swipe a tiny bit of petroleum jelly or Vaseline across your eyelid. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. Then, wait for five minutes. After that, wipe it away with either a cotton ball or washcloth damp with warm water. Keep in mind that it doesn’t have to be brand name Vaseline. Any petroleum jelly will work!

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Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly ($3.74)

MedPride Petroleum Jelly ($6.97)

Olive Oil

Olive oil works just like baby oil and coconut oil do. Wipe a tiny bit across your eyelid with either your finger or a cotton ball. Then, wipe it back off. Some people let it sit for a few minutes, but you don’t have to. You can use standard olive oil that is already in your kitch, or pick some up!

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Pompeian USDA Certified Organic Olive Oil ($6.98)

365 by Whole Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil (7.49)

Makeup Eraser

Makeup Eraser towels went viral and have stayed trending. There’s a good reason for that. Makeup Eraser states that their towels are made with the finest fibers to feel good on your skin, exfoliate your face, and remove makeup, including waterproof makeup. 

If you’re searching for a sustainable makeup removal product, this one is it! Pick up a large towel, and use sections of it at a time while you’re in the shower to easily wipe away everything from lipstick and foundation to mascara. Then, wash and re-use it. Towels are good for 3-5 years. 

You can pick up these little miracles in the classic pink color, a fashionable black, or in seven-day gift sets of mini-towels. The company continues to develop new designs, like the Disney Villian design. If you’re prone to wearing a full face of makeup everyday, we recommend the large towels in pink or black. Need to get off a few layers of eye makeup, but that’s it? The mini towels are perfect for you. 

The tiny hair-like fibers help remove dirt, oil, and makeup. They’re gentle enough for sensitive skin, too! The towel also exfoliates, helping reveal smooth skin that you’re not going to be able to stop touching. 

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Final Thoughts

Removing waterproof makeup can be a pain, especially if it’s in the eye area. Scrubbing too hard can irritate your eyes, and sometimes makeup remover wipes do almost nothing to remove waterproof eyeliner or mascara. That’s where these ideas come in. The oil in products like baby oil or vaseline helps break down the makeup to remove it effectively. 

The Makeup Eraser is our favorite idea, though. It means not purchasing another makeup remover product for years. Simply wash off your makeup with the towel and water, and you’re done. It doesn’t get easier than that. 

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