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How to Remove Eye Makeup Without Damaging the Lashes?

The eyes and eye contour area are very sensitive parts of the face. All the more reason why they deserve special care, especially when it comes to removing mascara and makeup, as well as delicate gestures to look after them. Here are our tips for removing eye makeup without damaging your lashes.

Why Is Eye Makeup Removal So Important?

Poor eye makeup removal, or regularly neglecting this step in your daily skincare routine, can have serious consequences for your eyes, lashes and surrounding skin. Dry eyes, tingling, itching, dark circles, puffiness, irritation… can all result from poorly performed or forgotten makeup removal.

A deposit of makeup residue and pigments can also form on the eyelashes, weighing them down and making them fragile. As a result, they become brittle and start to fall out, as well as losing their curl. What's more, when mascara is removed incorrectly, it clogs the openings of the Meibomian glands, which lie flush with the lashes. These glands secrete the lipids that make up the tear film, which protects the cornea from external aggression. Moreover, as mascara crumbles, it releases debris that can deposit on the tear film, weakening it.

Which Eye Makeup Remover Should I Choose?

Biphasic cleansing lotion, cleansing cream, cleansing milk, micellar water, cleansing oil, cleansing balm… it's difficult to choose your eye makeup remover from among the many options available on the market. The choice of makeup remover depends on several criteria: each has its advantages and disadvantages, as well as a specific use.

Make sure your eye makeup remover contains no irritants (alcohol, perfume…) to respect the lachrymal pH and the sensitivity of the eye contour area as much as possible. It also needs to take your skin type into account, and perform well on all types of makeup, whether light or full-coverage, classic or waterproof. Here's a detailed presentation of the different types of makeup remover to help you make your choice:

  • Makeup remover balm: Made from a blend of plant oils and butters. When massaged into the skin, it transforms into oil, removing makeup and capturing lipophilic impurities (excess sebum, pollution, etc.) without the need for vigorous rubbing. Because of their composition, some makeup-removing balms are difficult to emulsify with water and require the use of a cleanser to be completely removed. Our 100% natural-textured cleansing balm transforms into a milk on contact with water, making it easy to rinse off.

  • Cleansing cream/milk: Their melting, moisturizing texture breaks down makeup on the skin thanks to the fatty substances they contain, without attacking it. They leave the skin soft and smooth, and avoid the sensation of skin pulling or irritation, especially for dry skin. However, the skin must be washed with water.

  • Two-phase makeup remover: This type of makeup remover comprises an oily and an aqueous phase, which effectively removes makeup residues without rubbing, even waterproof and long-lasting makeup. In fact, the oil phase easily dissolves greasy elements, while the water-based phase eliminates them, avoiding the sensation of a greasy film on the eyelids.

  • Micellar water: Thanks to the micelles it contains, micellar water attracts and traps makeup and impurities accumulated on the skin during the day, helping to eliminate them. The drawback is that it may not be effective for removing waterproof makeup. It is more suitable for removing light makeup. What's more, depending on the formula, even though it provides a refreshing effect, it can dry out the skin around the eyes or cause stinging in people with sensitive eyes. However, remember to rinse well afterward to completely eliminate surface-active particles.

  • Cleansing oil: This oil is also used to remove makeup. Its particularity lies in its formulation. It can effectively dissolve even the most stubborn makeup, sebum and pollution particles that have crept into eyelashes and eyelid creases, without causing skin discomfort. However, it does require rinsing and cleansing after makeup removal, as it can leave a greasy residue. What's more, if rinsed incorrectly, it can leave an oily blur on the eyes.

Of all these makeup removers, only one combines cleansing effectiveness with respect for the sensitivity of the area: to remove eye makeup from around the eyes use the biphasic eye makeup remover. Made with 99% natural-origin ingredients, ophthalmologically tested and formulated without surfactants, our two-phase lotion has a dual action: it removes makeup while strengthening eyelashes. Its formula contains active ingredients with interesting benefits: pea peptides, castor oil and sweet almond oil to nourish and strengthen eyelashes to limit their fragility and loss over time, and chamomile hydrolate and rice oil to combat the irritations that the fragile skin around the eyes can suffer daily and revitalize. It gently removes eye makeup without drying the area or leaving an oily finish, so preserving the suppleness of the eye contour.

How to Remove Eye Makeup Properly?

Depending on the makeup remover you choose, to remove eye makeup from around the eyes use different techniques: Removing makeup with the fingers is easier for milks, balms, oils and creams, and less practical for liquid formulas such as micellar water, cleansing milk or two-phase lotion.

  • Removing mascara and eye makeup with absorbent cotton:

  1. Wash your hands and remove your contact lenses if you wear them;

  2. Soak a cotton pad generously with eye makeup remover. Preferably choose a reusable, washable cotton pad with the softest possible texture to reduce friction, avoid irritating the eyes and limit the risk of redness around the eye contour area;

  3. Place the cotton pad over the closed eye for a few seconds, so that it soaks the entire surface;

  4. Gently slide the cotton pad from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner, then up and down in circular movements. This gesture activates microcirculation around the eye;

  5. To remove mascara, sweep cotton gently over lashes from root to tip. Reapply makeup remover until the cotton pad is perfectly clean;

  6. To complete your eye makeup removal, you can also use a cotton bud soaked in makeup remover to remove any stubborn traces.

  • Removing mascara eye makeup without a cotton bud:

  1. Be sure to wash your hands beforehand to avoid transferring bacteria and impurities to your eyes. If you wear contact lenses, remove them before removing your makeup;

  2. Take the equivalent of half a hazelnut of eye makeup remover and warm it between your fingers;

  3. Then apply it directly to the eye area, massaging gently in circular motions until all traces of makeup are removed;

  4. To remove all the mascara from your eyes, slide your lashes between your fingers, letting them glide from root to tip;

  5. Rinse thoroughly with water.

After makeup removal, remember to apply an eye contour treatment to nourish and moisturize the epidermis and strengthen the structure of your lashes with lash & brow serum. Rich in pea peptides, biothinyl-GHK and panthenol, it is designed to strengthen lashes, prevent breakage, stimulate growth and limit loss.

Source :

  • ROBAEI D. Subconjunctival mascara deposition. Ophthalmology (2018).


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