7 Eye Makeup Removers That Get the Job Done

Our dermatologists have spoken! Here, their favorite formulas for removing stubborn mascara.


Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

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This dual-phase formula is loved by derms because it doesn’t sting or leave an oily residue. It gets bonus points for containing skin-soothing aloe and cucumber.

To buy: $6; target.com.


Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover

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It’s what you won’t find in this plant-derived mascara remover that has derms jazzed—chemicals including parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Look to nutrient-rich flavonoids and olive wood extracts to help strengthen lashes.

To buy: $11; sephora.com.


Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover

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This oil-free, bi-phase mascara remover is packed with moisturizing aloe gel, while being fragrance-free and hypoallergenic. Translation: it won’t irritate your skin.

To buy: $8; walmart.com


Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover

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This makeup remover has won multiple awards, thanks to its bi-phase action (shake the bottle to activate), and its ability to remove even waterproof mascara with just a few swipes.

To buy: $30; sephora.com.


Clarins Instant-Eye Makeup Remover

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Not only has this bi-phase mascara remover been allergy and ophthalmologist tested, it also contains cornflower and rose water to help moisturize the delicate skin around the eyes. Panthenol, the same hydrator found in hair conditioners, keeps lashes soft.

To buy: $30; sephora.com.


Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Biphase Eye Makeup Remover

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There’s no sticky or oily feel with this biphasic mascara remover—in fact, it feels like water going on! Calming rose and cornflower extracts combine to soothe the skin.

To buy: $34; nordstrom.com.


Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

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Like magic, this makeup remover transforms from a solid balm into oil upon application. Although it can be used to remove all makeups, derms give it a thumbs up as it’s been ophthalmologist-tested for the eye area.

To buy: $29.50; sephora.com.