Is Waterproof Makeup Safe For Your Eyes?  

Most women have been there: It’s the end of the day, you’re ready to turn in for the night, and you just can’t seem to get stubborn waterproof mascara off of your lashes. While scrubbing and using makeup removers can cause eye irritation, so can waterproof makeup. Here, we’ll take a look at how safe waterproof makeup is for your eyes.

Waterproof Mascara: The Basics

If you’re going to be in a situation where your eyes may get wet, or when you may sweat, it makes sense that you’d want to use waterproof mascara. To decide whether waterproof mascara is a good fit for you, it’s important to understand how the product works.

Mascara has a few different components, including pigment that works to give the mascara it’s color, oils/waxes that thicken the product, and a polymer that works to coat and elongate the lashes. These products are generally safe for everyday use for most people.

Standard mascaras are mostly made of these components, but waterproof mascaras have a key addition: dimethicone copolyol. This chemical is a type of silicon that creates a smooth and shiny finish. Dimethicone copolyol doesn’t mix with water, and it can help reduce the amount of smudging that makeup wearers experience when their mascara gets wet.

Dimethicone copolyol dries out your eyelashes. If you have thin lashes, you’ll want to avoid waterproof mascaras altogether, as your eyelashes already contain less moisture than thicker lashes. If you wear contact lenses, you may also want to stay away from waterproof mascara, as it’s likely to flake and irritate your eyes by scratching or getting stuck on your lenses.

Should You Use Waterproof Mascara?

In a perfect world, no. Waterproof mascara can have myriad negative effects on your lashes and can therefore leave your eyes less protected from dirt, dust, and other debris.

If you decide to use waterproof mascara, do so sparingly. The last thing you want to do is put your lashes through the irritation of waterproof mascara every day (not to mention the scrubbing that your lashes have to endure when you take your makeup off). While taking off waterproof mascara can be annoying, it’s important to fully remove your makeup before going to sleep so that your lashes suffer as little irritation as possible.

Experiencing Irritation?

If you’re experiencing eye irritation that doesn’t go away after you remove your makeup, it’s a smart move to check in with your eye doctor to ensure that you don’t need medical treatment. Your eye doctor can also give you further guidance on choosing beauty products that are a good fit for your eye health.