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Frugal Eye Make-Up Remover

Removing waterproof eye makeup can be really difficult! Why pay for expensive eye makeup removers when you can do the job at a tiny fraction of the cost?


Use no more tears baby shampoo and a Q-tip! Pour a tiny bit into a clean hand and roll a wet Q-tip in a tiny bit of the shampoo. Gently move under and over the eyelashes. Follow up with a clean wet cloth and rinse with lukewarm water.

I do not recommend this as a whole face wash, but it does make an excellent eye makeup remover.

Source: Cosmetology school. :)

By Gooby from Straughn, IN

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March 11, 20100 found this helpful

I don't know about the no more tears shampoo. I've gotten that stuff in my eyes, and had to go to the eye doctor to get prescription eye drops, for relief. That shampoo is horribly misnamed. :-(

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March 12, 20100 found this helpful

I find the same thing, it burns! I usually just keep some equal parts olive oil and water in a spray bottle and squirt it onto a cotton swab. If you hold it up to your eye for a bit it will help even water proof mascara just slide off.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

Johnson's Baby Oil will do the trick without any burning. It also does a great job of removing make-up - then follow with a gentle soap, such as Ivory if you wish to get the oil off. Hope this helps. I have used it for years.

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March 15, 20100 found this helpful

It's one thing to perhaps get a few soap 'bubbles' in your eyes that you can immediately rinse off while shampooing your hair but it's quite another to intentionally use as a mascara remover :-(

Have you checked out the ingredients? Among others, it contains Sodium hydroxide :-o I sure wouldn't want that anywhere on or in my eyes! http://en.wikip  Sodium_hydroxide

Here is the Johnson & Johnson's site with the list of all ingredients:


It might be a good idea to share this information with your cosmetology instructors.

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

What works for me is cream petroleum jelly and it lasts a long time.

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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

I'd like to offer a warning about using baby oil to remove eyeliner. Even though I followed up with a wash with a gentle soap, I ended up with chronic dry eve and blurred vision in one eye. I suspect the baby oil irritated the tear duct and somehow interfered with production of tears. The problem cleared up when stopped using baby oil and began using a baby wipe to remove the makeup.

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March 17, 20100 found this helpful

Yay, you! Great way to use your cosmetology training.

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March 18, 20100 found this helpful

Do not use baby oil or any other kind of oil on your eyes! This can cause problems! Also, I advise against petroleum jelly. The eyes are very delicate and it is easy to cause irritation or even blockage of the pores around the eyes! Stick with baby shampoo or if you have the money, a very gentle eye makeup remover!

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March 19, 20100 found this helpful

I use un-petroleum jelly and order it from my local health-food store.

http://www.unpe  d=98&pid=493

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May 27, 20100 found this helpful

I wouldn't advise using Vaseline on any part of your skin. It's petroleum based and will only do damage. I use coconut oil. It's inexpensive, works on any kind of makeup and lasts for ages.

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