The 17 Best Eye Makeup Removers for Mascara and Eyeliner

Is there anything worse than emerging from a cloud of foamy face wash, only to realize there’s residual mascara ink smeared across your eyes like war pain? As a makeup obsessed beauty editor, I think not. But the sad truth is that most of the mild face cleansers we love for their gentle approach to washing just aren’t formulated to loosen the deathgrip of a good mascara, or any other eye makeup meant to stay put through sweat, sleet, or snow.

So, what’s an eye makeup lover to do when ditching our beloved mascara is simply not an option? The answer lies in a much-needed, often skipped skincare step: eye makeup remover. This pre-cleanse ritual is a game changer that rids your eyes of eyeliner, glitter, pigmented shadow, and, yes, even that stubborn waterproof mascara in one simple step.

But, of course, not all eye makeup removers are created equal. As a daily mascara wearer and clean face-enthusiast, I’m well-versed in the eye makeup removers that truly get your eyes so clean, you could sleep face-down on a white pillowcase. Ahead, check out the only 17 I’d vouch for.