Is Waterproof Mascara Bad For You?

Waterproof mascara can be a godsend in many situations. From moving weddings to hot sweaty summers, mascara is prone to running and smudging.

Waterproof mascara doesn’t run and doesn’t smudge (if you use a good brand that is). But, unlike standard mascara, it’s best not to wear waterproof mascara every day.

Unlike standard mascara, waterproof mascara has added silicones and waxes which stop it from running. These are fine every now and then. But they can dry out your eyelashes and can even cause them to fall out. So, it’s best to save the waterproof mascara for special occasions.

Bonus tip: You might want to check out my guide on how to properly apply mascara as sometimes your technique can be causing the damage.

Waterproof mascara is also more difficult to remove. Even using specific makeup remover, some waterproof mascaras can be difficult to remove. This often results in you having to scrub your eye to remove the mascara.

This can very often irritate your eyes and the surrounding skin. Both your eyes and the skin around them are delicate and should be treated gently. Scrubbing at them is not a good idea, especially not every day.

If you are struggling to remove waterproof mascara, try adding more makeup remover. One of the best products for removing waterproof mascara is micellar water. This is also a gentle option that won’t irritate your eyes or skin and you won’t have to rub your eyes to use it. 

Is fiber mascara bad for your eyes?

Fiber mascara is similar to most other mascaras, except it includes fibers of nylon, silk, or rayon. When the mascara is applied, the fibers stick to the eyelashes to make them appear longer and thicker. 

Fiber mascara is generally safe to use. But there is a risk that these small fibers will fall into your eye, potentially scratching the cornea or causing damage. But, this is very unlikely.

They won’t fall in any more than your natural eyelashes and likely won’t cause much if any, damage. 

There isn’t any real reason to avoid using fiber mascara in terms of protecting your eyes.

But fiber mascara isn’t great for the environment. This is especially true of fiber mascara that uses microplastics, such as mascaras that include nylon. So it’s best to try and find other mascaras that are more eco-friendly. 

Is it bad to wear mascara every day?

It’s not a good idea to wear mascara every day. Wearing mascara can increase the risk of you getting an eye infection or even scratching or tearing the film in your eyes.

We have all accidentally stabbed ourselves in the eye with a mascara wand. And although this might not be a very regular occurrence, it still isn’t great for your eyes.

Pulling your eyelashes up and down can also potentially damage them. This is because you are tugging and pulling them at the root. This might not sound too bad, considering the fact that brushing your hair is part of a healthy hair routine. 

But your eyelashes don’t need to be brushed and you aren’t removing dead eyelashes. Instead, you are clumping them together and adding a heavy product. This can potentially cause your eyelashes to fall out. 

Mascara can also be very drying for your eyelashes. Pretty much every kind of makeup can be damaging to your skin and facial hair. So it’s a good idea to give your face a break every now and then.

Try to have a couple of makeup-free days a week. You don’t have to stop wearing makeup completely. But you should have a few days off to stop irritating your skin and facial hair.

Is mascara bad for eyelashes?

Not necessarily but it can sometimes cause damage. This depends on the type of mascara you use, the type of brush, and how often you wear it.

Wearing mascara increases the risk of you developing an eye infection, damaging the tear film, or causing inflammation.

This is one of the reasons why it is so important to remove your makeup before going to bed. It’s obvious to not leave foundation and concealer on (although we’ve all been there) as this can cause pimples. But it is also important to remove your eye makeup. 

It’s important to remember the purpose of your eyelashes. They exist to stop dirt and small debris from falling into your eyes. This is an incredibly important purpose as even the smallest piece of grit can scratch and damage your eye.

If you don’t remove your mascara, then your eyelashes will be clumped together and not work as well. Some people never remove their mascara and just reapply it every morning.

This is definitely not a good idea. If you don’t remove your mascara, small amounts of it can become stuck and build up beneath your eyelid. This likely won’t be noticeable until a lot of deposits build up and become a problem. 

Wearing mascara too much and not taking it off before bed can also dry your eyelashes and even cause them to fall out. So while it’s easy to forget about them, especially when you’re focusing on your skincare routine more than anything else, it’s still important to care for your eyelashes. 

Is it normal for eyelashes to fall out when taking off makeup?

Yes and no. If every now and then an eyelash falls out when you’re removing your mascara, then this isn’t anything to worry about. As with other hair on your body, strands will fall off daily.

But, if you are noticing that several eyelashes are falling off every time you remove your makeup or if you are noticing gaps or bald spots, then you need to change the way you’re removing your makeup.

If you use makeup wipes, then you definitely need to use something else. Makeup wipes might be cheap and easy to use, but they are irritating, too rough, and terrible for the environment.

It’s best to use a microfiber cloth or pads with micellar water or makeup removal cream. If this doesn’t work, then it’s time to speak with your doctor.