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Because No One Wants to Have a Bad Makeup Day

We all love it when we have those perfect makeup days. You know the kind- the ones where your eyeliner wings are symmetrical, your eyebrows are “on fleek”, and your eyelashes look perfectly long, fluttery, and voluminous. It’s the best feeling.

But taking that makeup off at the end of the day? It’s usually not as exciting of a feeling, especially if you’ve had a long day or if you’re feeling emotionally drained. Trust us, we get it (and honestly, we’ve all had those days where we forgot to take off our mascara before bed). However, removing your makeup at the end of the day, especially your mascara, is important for not only aesthetic purposes, but it also serves a health purpose as well.

So, consider this your sign to start taking off your makeup each night. Today, we’re going to teach you how to remove your mascara like a pro, and more importantly, why you will want to take it off each night!

Why is it So Important to Remove Your Mascara at Night?
Although we all have been told how important it is to remove your makeup each night, we rarely hear why you should do that. Removing your face makeup, like foundation and concealer, is more obvious, since it relates to clogged pores and breakouts. But removing your mascara isn’t always so clear-cut. So, why is it so important to remove your mascara each night?

Eye Health
The health of your eyes is easily the most important consideration. By not removing your mascara, there are a few things that can happen.

1. Bacterial Infections
Over the course of the day, you touch different surfaces, touch your face, and rub your eyes, getting small particles of bacteria into your mascara. And even if you are super diligent about not touching your eyes with dirty hands, there still are allergens in the air that can get caught in your eyelashes, especially if you’re wearing mascara. Mascara is an allergen magnet.

At the end of the day, when you take off your mascara, you are gently removing all of those particulates, reducing the likelihood of your eyes becoming irritated overnight, or in extreme cases, causing an infection like Pink Eye or a Stye.

2. Mascara Buildup
Now, for one of the more severe aspects of mascara and your eye health. As we all know, mascara begins to flake off after hours of wear. With higher quality mascaras, the flaking is usually less severe, but it still happens. While you sleep, your face rubs against your pillowcase and blankets, causing extra flaking, which can get into your eyes.

Although it may seem like getting a little mascara in your eye isn’t a big deal, over time, it can actually cause a lot of problems.

In an extreme case, in 2018, a news story came out about a woman named Theresa Lynch, who was found to  have calcified deposits of mascara embedded into the inside of her eyelids. After over 20 years of not  removing her mascara before bed, loose mascara flakes had accumulated into her eye socket. Doctors spent  over 90 minutes in surgery removing the hardened pockets of mascara from the inside of her eyelids.  Although they were able to save her vision, she still was left with scarring on her corneas from the mascara  buildup (YIKES).

Breakage & Shedding
Here’s the thing: mascara wasn’t meant to be worn 24/7. Your eyelashes need to have breaks at night where they are free from makeup. Mascara weighs down your eyelashes, and if you wear it while sleeping at night, you’re likely to experience faster breakage and lash shedding, which of course, leads to lashes that look shorter and more sparse.

Of course (allow us to insert a shameless plug here), Babe Lash’s Essential Serum and Enhancing Conditioner can help with alleviating the appearance of that kind of damage. But there’s no need to spend your time and energy trying to fix the “I slept in my mascara” kind of damage, when instead, you could focus on taking care of your eyelashes every day and then use Serum and Conditioner to help them look longer, thicker, and more luscious! [Thank you for coming to our Ted Talk].

Plus, at the most basic level, day-old mascara just doesn’t look great. You get those gross creases and bends in your lashes, where your face was smashed into a pillow all night, and unfortunately, you just can’t quite fix that.

How to Remove Your Mascara
Now that we’ve discussed the finer details on the importance of removing your mascara (and now that we’re all adequately horrified about what could happen by not taking it off each night), let’s get to the part you’ve all been waiting for: how to remove your mascara.

Grab These Lash-Loving Tools:
Warm water
Eye makeup remover (not just wipes)
Cotton balls
Face cleanser

The Easy Peasy How-To:
Start with warm (not hot) water. Splash some warm water onto your face, taking care to moisten your eyelashes. The warm water helps to soften the mascara. Turn off the water after your lashes feel adequately damp.

Take your eye makeup remover (we recommend a specially formulated eye makeup remover liquid that can safely and hygienically break down the mascara) and moisten a cotton ball with it.

Place the saturated cotton ball onto your closed eyelid and gently press it into your eyelashes. Let it sit on your lashes for a few seconds, before gently wiping downward a few times to remove the mascara. (Letting the makeup remover absorb into your lashes creates less friction when wiping at your eyes)

Depending on the mascara and its formulation, you may need to repeat steps 1-3 a few times to fully remove your mascara and any other makeup products you have on your eyes. For example: waterproof mascara will take some patience, but the Babe Lash Enriching or Volumizing mascara will glide off with one cycle of steps 1-3.

Rinse your face once again. With clean hands, take the time to gently use that downward wiping motion down your closed eyelid and eyelashes.

Use the face cleanser of your choice to remove any other makeup, and clean your face for the day.

If any mascara remains at the base of your eyelashes, use a Q-tip with makeup remover to gently remove any additional product from your lashes and lids.

Pat your face dry with a clean towel.

Follow-up with Babe Lash Essential Serum or Enhancing Conditioner, by swiping a line of product onto your clean lash-line to nourish the lashes.

Now, Let Us Spill the Tea:
Face Wipes Aren’t a Replacement for Makeup Remover
Although it may be tempting, avoid relying on makeup wipes to remove your makeup. Not only does it pull on your lashes, but it also can be drying on the skin. I know we typically focus on eyelashes around here, but we also really care about your skin, so from one beauty-loving friend to another, just remember - wipes are fine in a pinch, but they don’t take the place of makeup remover and cleanser.

Buy a Proper Makeup Remover
Although the internet is full of DIY life hacks for just about everything, it’s important to be careful about using DIY solutions on such a sensitive area as your eyes. Good eye makeup removers can be purchased for around $5-7 (although some can be as high as $50 or more if you are in the mood to splurge).

Some of the more popular DIY options, like using coconut oil petroleum jelly (Vaseline), or baby oil are relatively sanitary, but still can be heavy on the eyes. Since these oily products weren’t intended for this use, it’s likely to cause breakouts or irritation, even if you cleanse after use. We recommend steering clear of the DIY in this instance, and investing in a product that is intended to remove makeup around your eyes.

Waterproof VS Water-Resistant Mascara
It wouldn’t be right to not mention waterproof mascara in a blog post all about removing your eye makeup, especially since waterproof mascara is one of the most difficult products to remove.

If you use waterproof mascara, you need to be particularly diligent about removing all of your mascara each day. As a general rule, we don’t recommend using waterproof mascara, since it causes excess breakage and
fall-out, and dehydrates your natural lashes. However, we also recognize that there are times when a waterproof mascara is needed. So, if you do use a waterproof mascara, remember to not use it every day. It shouldn’t be your daily mascara.

For those who like the idea of a water-resistant mascara that is more gentle on the eyelashes, but doesn’t smudge, we recommend trying the Babe Lash Enriching Mascara or Volumizing Mascara! And we’re being 100% serious about the smudge-free thing. Babe Lash’s mascaras stay put whether you’re swimming,
sweating, or having one of those days where the only answer is to cry all of the (happy or sad) tears (no judgements here - we all have those days). Our water resistant mascaras are just as long-lasting as traditional waterproof mascara, but without any of the frustrating waterproof side-effects.

Check Your Expiration Dates
Although it would be amazing if makeup didn’t have an expiration date, it unfortunately does, and mascara has a shorter lifespan than many other cosmetics. Mascara tubes are the perfect environment for bacteria. It’s dark, moist, and full of any bacteria you’ve transferred from your eyes back into the tube. For this reason, you should replace opened tubes of mascara every three months. Even if it has only been used once. There’s no need to hold on to that special mascara for “special occasions”. After all, mascara dries out after the tube has been opened, so you wouldn’t want to hold on to a tube for longer than three months, anyway.

Here’s the Spark Notes
Before we finish up this post, we wanted to remind you of some of the key factors:

  • Keeping mascara on overnight makes your lashes look bad and can have long-term consequences
  • Use warm water to initially soften your lashes
  • Get a proper eye makeup remover to gently remove your mascara
  • Close your eye and gently wipe downward when taking off your mascara
  • Use a Q-tip to remove excess product
  • Cleanse your face after removing eye makeup
  • Face wipes ≠ eye makeup remover
  • DIY makeup remover isn’t the best choice
  • Waterproof mascara dries out your lashes and can leave them brittle
  • Water-resistant mascara doesn’t smudge, but is hydrating and easy to remove with a proper makeup 
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  • Mascara expires after three months
  • Finish up your eye makeup removal routine with Babe Lash’s Serum or Conditioner

We know that it can seem like a hassle to take off your mascara each night. Sometimes it’s super inconvenient, but sticking to an end-of-day face cleansing and eye makeup removal routine is going to make a big difference in the health of your skin and eyelashes.

Remember, you likely aren’t going to get calcified mascara deposits embedded into your eyelids from forgetting to remove your makeup one time, but consistency is still an important part of your eyelash care.

Did we miss anything? Do you have additional questions? Leave some questions and comments on this post or send us a message on social media. We’d love to answer all of your questions!


If you have any feedback or questions please contact us directly at info@babelash.com


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  • • Jan McNair

    This is helpful, I also don’t wear mascara on days when I’m home all day. I feel like giving my lashes a break is super helpful and makes a difference!

  • • Ali

    This tip has helped my lashes stay so healthy and have no damage!

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