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How to Quickly Remove Eyeliner Mistakes

Updated on January 9, 2013
by quickly removing eyeliner mistakes you will prevent further makeup problems and avoid eyeliner disasters.
by quickly removing eyeliner mistakes you will prevent further makeup problems and avoid eyeliner disasters. | Source

Eyeliner mistakes are easy to make and happen to the most experienced Make Up Artists.

Knowing how to quickly remove any mistakes is important to avoid any unsightly blobs, broken lines or smudges on the face or around the eye area.

Since you will already have applied eyeshadows, foundation and possibly blush the trick is how to remove mistakes without removing half your face at the same time!

Even with over twenty years experience of applying eyeliner as a Make Up Artist, I still make mistakes so fear not help is at hand with a few great tips to help keep the mistakes under control.

Gel Eyeliner

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Kohl Pencil Eyeliners

widely available nearly every cosmetic range will carry a variety of shades due to pencil eyeliners being the easiest to apply.
widely available nearly every cosmetic range will carry a variety of shades due to pencil eyeliners being the easiest to apply. | Source

Eyeliner Types ~

There are a great many varieties of eyeliner available today with just as much variety in price tags.

Depending on the look you want to create, they are all applied differently with different degrees of difficulty.

The one that is the hardest to apply is by far the liquid eyeliner so if you are new to wearing eyeliner avoid this initially.

Liquid liner takes a steady hand and practice, practice and yes more practice.

The most popular and easily accessible is kohl or pencil eyeliner.

This is easy to apply and the only type I would recommend for using inside the rim of the eye if you want to apply eyeliner there.

Always make sure when choosing your brand that it is ophthalmologist tested to prevent any eye irritations.

Common Eyeliner Mistakes ~

  • A shaky hand
  • Eyelids twitching
  • Overemphasizing liner line
  • Too much product
  • Watery eyes

Q-tip to The Rescue For Sleepy Eye

eyeliner mistakes are easy to make but are also easily and quickly removed.
eyeliner mistakes are easy to make but are also easily and quickly removed. | Source

Natural Ingredient Suggestions

  • Castor Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Witch Hazel
  • Aloe Vera
  • Almond Oil

As you can see the theme here is predominantly oil and when used in a tiny drop on a Q-tip, they are great for removing stubborn eyeliner or waterproof eyeliner mistakes.

Remove Eyeliner Mistakes ~

The essential tool required for repair work is done with a Q-tip or cotton bud so make sure you keep a supply in stock. They have a multitude of uses for using in the home so will never go to waste.


  • Depending on the mistake, I have often lifted the offending blob or straightened an uneven line by just using a slightly damp Q-tip.

Dip your Q-tip in some water and lightly press out excess water before applying to the eyeliner mistake.This works great if you are quick on liquid, gel or pen eyeliners in particular before they completely dry.


  • This also works well for those “sleepy eye” eyeliner moments at the inner corner of the eyes. This is a common problem for pencil eyeliner fans when using the pencil on the inside rim of the eye.

A damp Q-tip easily and effectively picks up any obvious stray color. Do not reuse but use a fresh Q-tip to avoid any contamination.


  • For more stubborn mistakes with eyeliner I look to some fantastic ingredients we often have in the kitchen.

Commercial eye makeup removers often have chemicals listed that I cannot pronounce never mind understand.

I am therefore on a quest to bring homemade cosmetics and beauty products into our lives by showing just how beneficial and useful they are to our skins and our pockets.

Makeup is no exception and there are a number of different ingredients and recipes out there on the internet which will remove makeup but may require tweaking.

With all the different skin types you need to be careful in your chosen ingredients and pay attention to any allergies or suspected food allergies you may have. Caution is always advised and extra care should be used when applying any products on the eyelids or around the eye area.

Eye Makeup

do you really want to wake up to this eye makeup everywhere?
do you really want to wake up to this eye makeup everywhere? | Source

Eye Makeup Remover ~

When it comes to taking off all your eye makeup, hands up anyone that goes to bed without removing it?

Yes, eye makeup is fun applying but when it comes to late at night and time for giving the eyes a proper cleanse, many decide to forget that vital part (conveniently) and go to bed.

In the morning you wake up to stale makeup, stained bed linen and an OMG look of horror from your other half. Was it worth it?

If you think about what you want in an eye makeup remover these are the must have qualities that would feature for many of us –

  • It will remove waterproof eyeliner and mascara easily
  • It has the qualities of oil but does not leave my skin greasy
  • Natural Ingredients preferred
  • Does not sting the eyes and is ideal for sensitive eyes

Do you often make little eyeliner mistakes?

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Some DIY Skin Treats ~

To utilize your kitchen ingredients treat yourself to a Face nourishing Almond Face Mask or a Sugar and Tomato Face Scrub.

Do you wish you had longer eyelashes or bushier eyebrows? Castor Oil is the product for you so check out how to get beautiful eyelashes and eyebrows with Castor Oil.

Easy Eye Makeup Remover Recipe ~

1 tbsp Witch Hazel

1 tbsp Oil of choice (I recommend trying Organic Coconut Oil, EVOO, Almond Oil or Jojoba Oil)

! tbsp Distilled Water (if you wish to reuse this eye makeup remover do not add the water. Water is where pathogenic bacteria grow fast which automatically shortens the lifespan of this product).

  • Mix the ingredients together in a clean dry recycled container or buy a small cosmetic bottle.
  • Screw on lid and give a good shake.
  • Apply to the face with cotton wool pads, sweeping over the eyes gently. Press a pad into the eye for a minute to remove any stubborn eyeliner and mascara.
  • Sweep through the eyebrows to remove any makeup pigments which easily lodge and are usually undetected, particularly foundation, face powder, eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil and concealer.

When you have removed all your eye makeup, cleanse your skin as normal. If you fancy trying a homemade face cleanser then check Cucumber Face Wash which is a quick and refreshing face cleanser or a homemade Apple Facial Cleanser.

Finish with a splash of cold water before applying a moisturizer. A great product to try is Olive Oil if you fancy a change!

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No for me....no for Bev....sigh!

      Sending hugs your way, Irish! Hope you are well!

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      :-( ah Bill,

      I felt SURE this would be for you! No worries . . . .some day . . .maybe . . .hopefully . . .I will have you scrubbed with a tomato, wearing some sitrus lip gloss sporting cats eye eyeliner!!! Thanks my friend for the support!!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      I read bb and suzie's comments and laughed so hard forgot what I was going to write...thinking... :)

      Oh yes allergies started me removing make-up religiously years ago, each night. Now it's such a habit I can almost do it in my sleep.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tirelesstraveler,

      Thanks so much for commenting, glad you enjoyed BB's comments! He is one of a kind! Good you always remember to remove makeup, hope your allergies are not severe. Appreciate your input tirlesstraveller!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 4 years ago from Midwest

      Great hub, like always, Suzie HQ! I cannot apply liquid eye line properly so I usually use powder. It is much easier for me to control with my shaky hands! I love the eye makeup remover recipe you provided. I am going to have to try that.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kimberly,

      Hope you give it a try! Thanks so much for commenting. Liquid Liner I love too and a tip if you find your hand unsteady is apply the liner with your elbow on a table in front of a mirror, it helps! Thanks again!!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Very useful Suzie.

      Have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Interesting. Your hubs are inspiring to maybe actually try to wear makeup other than mascara. I would probably end up looking like the cover photo, but I may just give it a shot. Thanks.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Eddy,

      Glad you enjoyed this for a blob free eyeliner! Thanks so much for dropping by!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Glimmer Twin,

      What a nice thing to say, many thanks my creative friend! I don't think you have any fear of recreating the cover pic . . . . LOL Enjoy experimenting, cheers for the thumbs up!!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Very helpful, thank you!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Thanks a bunch for commenting, glad you found helpful!!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Since I've had my eyeliner tattooed on the first part of this hub isn't for me but I do like your makeup remover recipe. Something natural and not hazardous is always the way to go. You give us such good and healthy information SuzieQ! Hugs.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      How interesting you got eyeliner tattooed. I often pondered getting this done as I love eyeliner. I am interested to know how you find it? Makeup remover is another easy to make product at home and the amount of other treatments and products is amazing to discover. It is so ironic for me to have been involved within the cosmetic Industry since as a child going to dad's warehouse and seeing all the cosmetics he distributed to now making my own. Quite a full circle which he finds so fascinating! Cheers for all your votes and support!!

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      Swt Azn Qt 3 years ago

      Hi Suzie HQ! I was wondering if it's okay to use vegetable oil for removing waterproof eyeliner as I don't have any of the listed ingredients above? Thanks in advance for your help!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Swt Azn Qt,

      Thanks for dropping in! if you have sunflower oil, olive oil or coconut oil they would be better choices. vegetable oil I would test a little first by putting some eyeliner on the inside of the elbow and then use a q-tip or piece of dampened cotton wool with a drop of vegetable oil to remove it. Leave your arm overnight and see if you have had a reaction. If no reaction and you are happy with it removing your eyeliner then use a small quantity. A patch test is ALWAYS a good idea using a new product or ingredient you may be unsure about.

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      CB Carter 22 months ago

      First things first: at night, use Eye Lid Cleaner (sold by optometrists) to remove all your eye makeup. If you tightline, this will take some time. Give yourself this time. Get those lids clean, ladies. Then use a soothing eye drop of your choice. Finally, I mean every night you can, heat an eye compress in the microwave (Thermalon) and place this on your eyes for 5 minutes before you go to sleep. It sometimes even helps you fall asleep.

      In the morning, use Eye Lid Cleaner again. When you see the amount of eye makeup which has come out during the night, you will be inspired to DO A BETTER JOB the following night! (I put a little eye lid cleaner in the cap, and dip a Q-tip for each eye. Dont double-dip, you will contaminate the solution.) After finishing both eyes, and using as many q-tips as necessary, put the rest of the unused eyelid cleaner back into the bottle. Each bottle will last about a month.) I digress, so back to the am: use your eye lid cleaner as I said, then eye drop again.

      Makeup: Carefully choose your ophthalmologist tested eye makeup. this will take time and money, sorry to say! Ladies, switch to creme eye shadow. Powder, glitter, etc., will get into your eyes, no question. Try putting a contact lens over that? You will have problems! So, switch to creams. Use contact lenses sparingly. Remember, anything you put above your eyes, will get into your eyes, so use products sparingly above your eyes! If you powder your face and forehead, keep eyes closed, then set your makeup with finishing spray (keeping eyes closed) Save your eyes, ladies. You will appreciate them when you are older.

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      gabyD 4 months ago

      When making the makeup remover, can you use a rosewater and witchhazel mix - I couldnt find a plain witchhazel mixture.

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