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The Right Way To Remove Your Eye Makeup

That part of your face is VERY delicate.

Pinays know that the secret to keeping makeup on in our humid weather is to go for products that are waterproof, especially when it comes to mascara. Coating your lashes with your favorite waterproof mascara is always a good idea, because you *know* that you won’t have to worry about looking like a raccoon by lunch time.

But all the fun ends when it’s time to clean your face and you’re left with stubborn, almost- impossible-to-remove-without-burning-your-eyes mascara. So what do most women do? Rub the makeup off with facial cleanser (Gasp!) only to end up with very red and irritated eyes. Yikes.

Here, three easy steps to properly get rid of waterproof mascara and eyeliner without hurting your peepers:

1.  Use oil or any oil-based removers.

Water obviously won’t get rid of the product. Use petroleum jelly, baby oil, or cold cream to break the waterproof formula down. You can also use olive oil, castor oil, or coconut oil—they will work just as well and will leave your eye area hydrated and nourished.

2. Let the cotton pad sit on your eye by gently applying pressure.

Use a cotton pad dipped in your makeup remover and let it sit on your lid for at least five minutes. Remember to be very gentle, because you are dealing with the most delicate part of your face. Tugging and rubbing on your eye area will not only lead to irritation, but it will also speed up the formation of wrinkles and fine lines.

3. Use cotton buds.

Perfect for picking up any product that was left behind! Repeat the steps if you still have more product to get rid of.

Here are other important tips for taking care of your eye area:

1. Don’t forget to give it some TLC.

Having a dry and dull eye area is one of the main reasons that people look tired and older than they actually are. After cleansing your face, do not forget to bring back lost hydration by patting on your eye cream twice a day—once in the morning and once before hitting the sack.

2. Never sleep with your mascara on.

Sometimes, mascara clumps and forms particles that can get into your eyes. These particles can get into your eye and lead to nasty infections. Remember, put the same amount of effort into removing your makeup as you do with putting it on.

3. Do not OD on waterproof eye products.

Consider switching to non-waterproof formulas once in a while to give your eyes a break. After all, the skin can only take so much chemicals!

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This article originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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