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Removing Waterproof Makeup Really Isn’t That Difficult

Rubbing and tugging at your lashes to get the pesky mascara off will be a thing of the past.

We’re blessed with oily skin and as such, we’re constantly worrying about our makeup sliding right off our faces. The humidity and heat here in Singapore are of no help. From mascara-inflicted panda eyes to disappearing eyebrows, we have developed an eagle’s eye to spot phrases like “long-lasting” and “waterproof” from miles away. At the same time, this gift also grants us the skill to remove waterproof makeup in no time at all.

We know there are some of you out there who wake up in the morning with last night’s eyeliner and mascara still loitering around your eyes. The countless of “How To Remove Your Waterproof Makeup” stories we’re seeing everywhere seem to suggest that it is harder than it actually is.

Thing is, taking waterproof products off your face is hardly rocket science. Just remember – what works for your foundation may not work for your eyeshadows, mascaras and eyeliner. If you want a truly squeaky clean face, diversify. For instance, we here at Team KULALA cannot go on enough about using mascara removers, particularly this one from Heroine Make. We’ll admit that it’s a little extra, but if you really want to get those lashes clean, use this before your regular oil-based eye makeup cleansers.

They say don’t go to bed angry. We say don’t go to bed with patches of foundation, eyeshadow glitter flakes and mascara leftovers hanging about your face. Below, we round up some of the makeup removers that we absolutely swear by in various forms and textures, whether you’re into cleansing oils, balms, gels or waters.

Shu Uemura Ultime8 Sublime Beauty Cleansing Oil

The cult classic that has spurned countless of re-editions and dupes. Don’t be afraid to use oils, even if you have oily skin! The trick to using this is to pump a little onto dry hands, apply it over your makeup, massage it over your face with wet hands until the oil turns milky and then wash off. It doesn’t get all the mascara off, but for everything else? No problem at all.

Heroine Make (Kiss Me) Mascara Remover

With great mascara comes great responsibility. Heroine Make has got our back, with a super awesome mascara remover that doesn’t sting your eyes or irritate it in any way. Swipe it on your lashes, wait a minute and wipe your peepers with a cotton pad. Mascara, no matter how waterproof or smudgeproof, comes right off.

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Sherbet Cleanser

Balms are great if you’re really lazy and want something that dissolves everything off in one-shot. You don’t even need cotton pads for this. Heck yeah, sustainable living. This one from Banila Co. is one of the best we’ve ever used.

By Terry Micellar Water Cleanser

We never say no to multi-tasking beauty products. Micellar waters not only take makeup off, they also work towards hydrating and brightening your skin. By Terry’s gets our vote because of the black and white rose extracts and white rose native cells within – and you know how we feel about rose-infused products.


Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

It’s important to double cleanse your skin to get rid of any leftover impurities. Eve Lom’s Gel Balm Cleanser comes with a whole range of goodies that do more than just clean, from clove and eucalyptus oils that detoxify and grapeseed oil that helps with oil control to argan oil and shea butter for hydration and brightening.

Hada Labo Sha Hydrating Makeup Remover

Hada Labo is well known for its ability to serve your skin without burning a hole in your wallet. With four types of hyaluronic acid this fuss-free gel cleanser takes all the makeup away without drying out your skin. This won’t work as well for waterproof mascara and eyeliner, so you will have to back it up with an oil-based remover.

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