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Why Micellar Water Is the Best Cleanser for Waterproof Makeup

Is waterproof mascara an essential part of your beauty arsenal? Do you love a long-wear lipstick’s ability to last through drinks, dinner and beyond? If so, then you're probably fully aware that the biggest problem with waterproof makeup is taking it off at the end of the nice. Removing waterproof makeup can be tough, as many removers just aren't that effective. And in the case of waterproof mascara, there's a lot of harsh rubbing and tugging, which can be extremely harmful — not to mention irritating — for your eyes.

Luckily, there’s a product that removes both long-wear and waterproof makeup, cleanses your skin and removes dirt and impurities all in one easy step: Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1. While micellar water is fairly new to the U.S. market, it's been popular in Europe for decades. It was first developed in Paris, since the water there was extremely harsh on the skin. It’s a micellar cleansing water specifically formulated to remove stubborn makeup in addition to cleansing your face. Here’s what you need to know.

What is micellar water and how does it work?

Micellar water is a clear, water-like liquid that at first glance looks exactly like water. It's a liquid filled with micelles, which are cleansing droplets that attract, trap and lift dirt, oil and makeup like a magnet. Micelles are incredibly effective at removing any residue on your face. And micellar water doesn't require rinsing; all it requires is a few swipes with a cotton pad.

Although it cleans the skin thoroughly, it does so without stripping it of hydration. What also makes micellar water unique is that it can be used on all skin types. Even better, it’s particularly good at taking off waterproof makeup. In seconds, micellar water can take you from full makeup to clean and ready for bed within a few minutes.

Why is micellar water so good at removing waterproof makeup?

Many waterproof makeup removers have oil-based formulations, which can take some time to dry, can leave residue and could potentially irritate sensitive areas like the eyes. Garnier’s All-in-1 Waterproof Make Up Remover on the other hand, uses micelles to effectively remove all traces of waterproof makeup, including waterproof mascara.

How to use micellar water to remove long-wear foundation?

Pour micellar water onto a cotton ball or pad, then gently wipe the cotton across your skin to remove the oil and grime. This should give you a clean canvas for the rest of your routine. If you’re traveling, you can use the Micellar Cleansing Water Makeup Removing Towelettes. If you want to do a double-cleanse, follow it with the Deep Pore Face Wash with Green Tea.

How to use micellar water to remove waterproof mascara?

Soak two cotton pads with micellar water. Press each one (gently!) against your closed eyes for several seconds, and then slowly swipe it towards the outer corner of your eyes. Repeat if you still have any mascara residue stuck on. The same goes if you’re using micellar water to remove waterproof eyeliner. Remember: You shouldn’t have to rub your eyes.

How to use micellar water to remove long-wear lipstick or a lip stain?

Dampen a cotton pad with micellar water, then press it against your lips. Wipe it back and forth with your mouth closed until all your lip color is removed. Easy.

It may take three to four cotton pads (if not more) but using micellar water for waterproof makeup removal is an easy, gentle way to cleanse your skin. You’ll never want to end the day without it.

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