Removing Waterproof Eye Makeup

We all want our makeup to last all day. It makes our lives easier. It makes us feel better about our skin. It reduces the likelihood of realizing you just went the day with "raccoon eyes" as your mascara rubbed away.

(Incidentally, that's one of the great benefits of mineral makeup. When it's well made it is highly resistant to water and oil and has significant staying power.)

The other side of the coin is that long lasting makeup is more difficult to remove. It's easy to get frustrated taking stubborn makeup off. Many of us don't have the interest or inclination to spend 5 minutes and two or three applications of eye makeup remover to get rid of those pesky, long lasting smudges.

I am the same way. At the end of the day I want something that works quickly and effectively. More than that, I don't want to have to rub on delicate eye skin to remove eyeliner and mascara. I want a solution that cuts right through the makeup and brings it off in one fell swoop without stretching fragile eye skin.

I'm going to share my secret with you. It's an easy to find, cost effective, and more importantly skin nourishing, secret.


Olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil. That's it!

I just pour a little on a cotton pad and swoop! All the eye makeup comes off. I then follow up with an actual facial cleanser and warm washcloth to get the rest of my makeup off.

(Another fun fact about mineral makeup: most of it comes off quite easily with soap and water.)

Here's the best part: it's great for any skin type! I have dry skin, so my skin loves the nourishment. But even if you have oily skin, the olive oil will combine with your facial oils and bring all the dirt, makeup, and gunk with it.

You can use it on your entire face or just your eye makeup. And if the smell of olive oil is too much for you try coconut oil. It's also extremely good for skin and works great at removing stubborn makeup gently.

You may also want to try jojoba oil, which is the closest to our skin's oil, but it is harder to find. Olive oil and coconut oil can be picked up at your local grocery store for less than $10. 

Another neat use for olive oil? If your nails are stained from dark nail polishes rub a little olive on them and the stains lift. Yeah, it's kind of a magical little fruit.

I love olive oil as a natural skin care option and makeup remover and I think you will too!