If there’s one item in our makeup stash that serves as a double-edged sword, it has got to be the mascara. It may be a handy wand that can make you look more fresh and awake in one swipe, but we also know our happiness only lasts until we try to get them off at the end of the day, and engage in a game of tug-of-war with our lashes.

And like all wars, there are casualties. And in this case, it’s our eye lashes.

Waterproof mascara formulas can be stubborn to wipe off – especially long-wearing and waterproof ones. Wax found in these mascaras may be the key to holding up those curls and making sure they won’t melt under our hot and humid weather. But they’re also the same culprits that dry out on our lashes, making it hard for us to remove these pigments of them.

Since there’s no way we’d give up waterproof mascara, we should learn how to deal with it. Here are some tips from beauty guru Farah Dukai – whose long and lush lashes are the envy of many – on how to get the gunk off your lash without damaging them!

 

1. Use a gentle makeup remover


DV Tip: You can use micellar cleansing water, cream or oil makeup remover. Farah used avocado oil here.

 

2. Gently apply remover on your lids and under the eyes

DV Tip: If you’re using micellar water or cleansing milk on a cotton pad, use a generous amount of the product and press it against your eye for at least five minutes to make sure it melts the makeup.

3. Slowly massage cleanser onto your lashes in downward and circular motions

DV Tip: The most important thing is to go in a downward motion gently, to dislodge the mascara and move it down from your lashes.

4. Rub along the roots of your lashes and ensure you get in those corners

DV Tip: Make sure you rub from the root to the tip of your lashes.

5. Wash it off with lukewarm water

DV Tip: You may want to gently wipe off the grime first with a soaked cotton pad. Remember, the keyword here is “gentle”.

6. Run over the roots of your lashes with a cotton swab that’s soaked in oil

DV Tip: Oils that are recommend for your lashes include avocado oil, coconut oil and castor oil! You can also coat your lashes with these oils before bed to keep them nourished (be sure not to get them in your eyes!).