I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve tried to remove it, given up, gone to bed, then woken up with panda eyes and marked pillows. Not ideal.
Luckily users on Reddit have been sharing their tried-and-tested ways to remove even the most stubborn mascaras.
1. Jojoba oil.
Oil is great at removing stubborn makeup.
“It’s cheap and neutral. I wet my face, pour a few drops in my hands and rub the oil on my closed eyes for a bit. Then I wash my face with whatever soap I’m using at the time. This usually removes 80 per cent or more in no time flat.
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“I personally hate using just makeup remover because I find I lose a lot of lashes. My oily hands on a wet face is nice and gentle and just seems to loosen it all up.”
2. Coconut oil.
Multiple users advocated the use of coconut oil.
“I rub it in before I wash my face and then clean up whatever is left afterwards with just eye makeup remover,” wrote mymantra.
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3. Baby oil, $5.69.
Continuing on the oil theme, others swore by baby oil as a cheap and effective option.
"Baby oil, super cheap, best eye make up remover ever," wrote xboxwidow.
To use, apply to a cotton ball or pad and starting from the bottom of your eyelashes, wipe them gently down in a single direction, taking care not to tug.
Baby shampoo can also be used - but like the oil, take care to ensure you don't get any actually in your eye, which can cause irritation or infection.
4. An oil cleanser.
"Then you just have to rinse with water/use a makeup wipe, and you'll be all clean!" (Post continues after gallery.)