Should You Use Waterproof Mascara?

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We all know the story…

You’re going to a summer pool party and want your mascara to stay put. Or you’re about to see that new Nicholas Sparks tear-jerker and don’t want to leave the theater looking like Rachel McAdams after the rainstorm scene in The Notebook. But how healthy is waterproof mascara for lashes? How often should you use it, and are there any alternatives that work just as well?

First, we’ll take a look at the basic ingredients in waterproof mascara. Waterproof mascaras contain little to no water, and do contain waxes such as beeswax, carnauba wax, candelilla wax, and other ingredients including silica and petroleum distillates.

Of course, each brand has its own special formula, but the main ‘makeup’ (pun intended) of waterproof mascara is the colorant (carbon black for example), silica which repels water and helps reduce clumping, a wax, such as the commonly used carnauba wax, and petroleum distillates, which act as a solvent for the other ingredients which cannot be dissolved in water. It’s a cocktail perfectly formulated to get those lashes coated- and leave ’em that way no matter how hard Channing Tatum is making you cry.

Waterproof mascara itself isn’t quite enough to cause lash damage when removed properly and in a timely manner. (That means no slobbing around the house all weekend without washing friday night’s makeup away. Sorry, but it’s not a good look for anyone, no matter how cute you are.)

In fact, most of the damage to lashes is done during the removal process, due to excessive rubbing. You can safely and effectively remove waterproof mascara by soaking a cotton pad with a specially formulated remover such as Benefit Strip Down Waterproof Mascara Remover. Make sure to hold the cotton pad over your lashes for a moment before wiping. This gives the remover a little time to break down the mascara. Then gently swipe over your lashes, taking care not to tug at the sensitive skin around your eyes. To avoid premature wrinkles, never vigorously rub your eye area. I know there’s a song about Bette Davis Eyes, but this is not what they mean!

The bottom line here is, while waterproof mascara is wonderful for certain occasions, due to the removal factor it’s advisable to use regular mascara the majority of the time. If you think you need a little extra protection, you can use a top-coat like Jolie Lash Shield Mascara Sealer.


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