Does Vaseline Remove Waterproof Mascara?

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It’s universally agreed that removing waterproof mascara is the worst part of your nighttime routine.

It sticks like Krazy glue to your lashes. That is great throughout the day, but is extremely annoying at the end of the night!

Experts generally advise an oil-based makeup remover for eye makeup, but are there alternatives?

Does Vaseline remove waterproof mascara? What about coconut oil? Is that the better choice?

Turns out that vaseline can be an excellent waterproof mascara remover. If you’ve run out of your makeup remover or found yourself fed up with its inability to remove waterproof mascara completely, Vaseline might be your answer!

Read on for an explainer.


Does Vaseline Remove Waterproof Mascara?

Many people carry a little tub of Vaseline with them everywhere they go, and with all its amazing abilities, who wouldn’t?

It’s a versatile product that’s fragrance-free and safe for sensitive skin. It’s best known for its ability to heal dry skin, as it locks in moisture.

You can use it to heal chafed skin, burns, and even some wounds.

Vaseline is petroleum jelly filled with oils and waxes that melt at body temperature. Vaseline also contains coconut oil and aloe vera, which only adds to the hydrating and soothing benefits.

It’s a wonder ointment that won’t clog your pores or encourage new pimples to bloom.

When melted, it has a lubricated feel, which turns it into a great makeup remover, similar to a makeup-removing balm.

It’s great for fixing small mistakes or removing your makeup entirely.

But does Vaseline remove waterproof mascara? Can it help with even the most stubborn kinds of eye makeup?

Vaseline is actually a great choice for removing waterproof makeup!

It’s slick, which means it’ll easily lift stubborn makeup. It’ll also help keep you from aggressively rubbing your eyes, which will mean fewer wrinkles.

Vaseline is slick, which means it’ll easily lift stubborn makeup. It’ll help keep you from aggressively rubbing your eyes, which will mean fewer wrinkles.

How To Use Vaseline To Remove Eye Makeup 

Now that you know that Vaseline works as a great makeup remover, you may be wondering how to use it.

Vaseline is similar to a makeup removing balm and should be used in the same way.

If you’re looking to correct a small mistake while applying your makeup, take a tiny bit of Vaseline onto a cotton swab and gently wipe away the imperfection.

To remove eye makeup and stubborn waterproof mascara, take a dollop of Vaseline and warm it between your fingers.

Apply to your eyes and gently massage the area until the makeup begins to melt away.

Take a cotton round or a warm cloth and carefully wipe away the Vaseline.

If there is still makeup residue, take a little Vaseline on a cotton pad or cotton swab and gently wipe the makeup away.

Wash your face and continue your routine as usual.

While Vaseline shouldn’t irritate your eyes, it’s best to use downward strokes when wiping it away. Because it’s oil-based, it may cause blurriness if it gets into your eyes.

Rinse with warm water if you end up with Vaseline in your eyes.

What If You Have Eyelash Extensions?

If you’ve got lash extensions and wear mascara, you should be aware that vaseline could remove your eyelash extensions, too! You don’t want to go remove your mascara and find out that have of your extensions have come out, too.


Coconut Oil Versus Vaseline

Coconut oil has many benefits, from whitening teeth to hydrating hair, but did you know it also acts as a makeup remover?

Coconut oil is antibacterial with a detergent effect, meaning that it’ll safely remove your makeup without causing any issues.

It’s used in a similar way you’d use cleansing oil.

How to Use Coconut Oil For Makeup Removal

Take some coconut oil into your hands and warm it between them until it’s liquid. Gently rub it into your skin, paying close attention to your eye makeup.

Once everything is melted, rinse it away and wash your face as usual.

Coconut Oil and Skin Type

Coconut oil is often said to be the best way to remove your makeup (outside of an oil-based remover). But unlike Vaseline, it isn’t great for all skin types.

Vaseline won’t cause breakouts or clogging, but coconut oil isn’t entirely comedogenic and can cause pimples or blackheads to form.

While you may imagine it to hydrate your skin, coconut oil won’t moisturize your skin or provide the proteins that help protect it. On the other hand, Vaseline is most known for its hydrating benefits and is a great solution for dry skin. 

Even if you’re just using it as a makeup remover that you’ll wash off a few moments later, anything you put on your face has the opportunity to absorb into your skin.

Coconut oil is antibacterial with a detergent effect, meaning that it’ll safely remove your makeup without causing any issues.


Vaseline will do a fine job of removing waterproof mascara, as well as many other makeup products. It’s probably your best bet for waterproof mascara if you don’t want to use a specific makeup remover product.

If you’re looking for moisture or have acne-prone skin, opt to use Vaseline. Just looking for an alternate makeup remover? Coconut oil will work just fine.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).