8 Unexpected Things That Remove Eye Makeup

Want to know a secret? There is absolutely no reason to buy eye-makeup remover. There are several things in your own home that you can use to remove stubborn eye makeup. We all know that removing waterproof eye makeup can be such a hassle. If you're like me, you spend a crazy amount of time making sure you remove all of your makeup only to wake up to a black ring around your eyes in the morning. It's so frustrating!

After years of struggling to remove my eye makeup, I realized that there are several DIY options that remove stubborn makeup better than some of my expensive removers. How crazy is that?! You can use things that you already have in your home. No need to run out to the store. You definitely have some of these things your home. It couldn't be easier. However, always make sure you check the ingredients of any products you use near your eyes — any ingredient that is a chemical or seems dangerous is a no-go. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your beauty routine. Wondering what household items you can use to remove your makeup? Here are some unexpected items that I swear by to remove any stubborn eye makeup.

1. Lotion

Nivea Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion, $4, Amazon

This is my go-to way of removing stubborn eye makeup. Take your favorite non-scented lotion, and dab a small amount onto a cotton pad. Rub the pad in circular motions around your eye-area, and voila! No more eye makeup.

2. Petroleum Jelly

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, $3, Amazon

Have any petroleum jelly lying around? Use it to remove your eye makeup! Swipe a small amount onto a cotton ball, and get to rubbing. This stuff works so well. It's even rumored that petroleum jelly can improve the look of your eyelashes once applied. Win-win!

3. Olive Oil

La Tourangelle Extra Virgin Olive Oil, $12, Amazon

My dry-skin girls rejoice! Olive oil is incredible at removing stubborn eye makeup, and nourishing your eye area. Those with oily skin may find olive oil too greasy for their liking.

4. Jojoba Oil

Viva Naturals Jojoba Oil, $11, Amazon

Jojoba oil is non-allergenic, so it's great to use on your sensitive eye area. Also, you don't need to use a lot of this stuff. Just a few drops mixed with a tiny bit of water should take off most of your eye makeup.

5. Cold Cream

Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser, $3, Amazon

Need a makeup remover that is also extremely moisturizing? Look no further. People have been using cold creams forever to remove stubborn eye makeup.

6. Avocados

Everyone knows that avocados are super healthy for you, but did you also know that they can remove makeup? It's true! Take a cotton swab, and run it against the light green insides of the avocado. This picks up the oil from the fruit, which is great at removing makeup.

7. Shortening

Shortening isn't just for baking anymore! This stuff can actually remove your eye makeup. Take a small amount onto a cotton pad, and rub away your makeup. Wash afterwards with water since this stuff is pretty greasy.

8. Baby Shampoo

Johnson's Baby Shampoo, $6, Amazon

Baby shampoo is a great way to take off water-proof eye makeup. Mix the baby shampoo with water, and cleanse your eye area. Make sure to grab a "no tears" formula in order to keep your eye area free of any soapy residue.

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