Beauty Tip: Clear Out Your Eye Booger After Eye Makeup Removal

Clear Out Your Eye Booger After Eye Makeup Removal

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Eye booger. Eye crud. Eye poo. Eye shit. Eye wax. Or, the proper term? Rheum. We all have it. Some more than others. I’d be the one who has a lot more, especially after I started wearing contact lenses. I’m also the one whose mother would publicly announce “Girl, you have a lot of eye shit. Get rid of them please!“. I’m 34 years old, ladies and gentlemen, and my mother still tells me to do that. In public.

Fun times, people. Fun times. :P

Anyway … right, back to the eye booger, which is what I’ll refer to them in this post. Just wondering, when you wear lots of mascara and eyeliner, do you notice an increase in eye booger after makeup removal? I don’t know about you but I sure do. The thing is, it’s not just an increase in wet eye booger, they’re often dark and not the usual light colour. What they are are bits of trapped mascara and eyeliner residue.

If you experience this too, what I’d suggest you do is this: after eye makeup removal and your double-cleanse routine, take a shower and do what you usually do. After your shower, body lotion application, etc, use a cotton bud to clean the inner corners of your eyes. Chances are you’ll notice some black dirt on the cotton bud. Oh when I say clean the inner corners, I don’t mean just on the outside, where you’d typically apply eyeshadow for that pop of colour. I mean to actually go in where the tear ducts are. It sounds disgusting and dangerous but if you’re careful, it’s okay. You’re not actually sticking the whole cotton bud in; you just need part of the cotton tip to clear out the trapped mucus in the inner corners of the eyes. Do it swiftly (and very gently!) and the cleaning process will be done in less than 5 seconds. Easy!

Clear Out Your Eye Booger After Eye Makeup Removal

Just realised this photo will not bode well for those who cannot stand having things near eyeballs. Ooops. Sorry!

During your shower, you’ll be blinking a lot from the splash of water on your skin. The mucus of your eyes traps any makeup residue (bits of mascara, eyeliner, glitter, etc) and will gather at the inner corners of your eyes as eye booger. There’s no point in cleaning the inner corners of your eyes right after makeup removal because there’ll be residue that has gone in your eyes that may need some “cajoling” to come out. Give it some time and take a shower in between. That sodding eye booger with mascara residue will come out!

This is how I clean my eyes properly after makeup removal. It may not be yours so if you have another way of doing it, let us know in the comments below. This method works very well for me and I’ve removed a whole lot of trapped eye makeup that I didn’t know was still there. If you’d like to try this out, again, be very careful especially when using that cotton bud near your eyes.

Good luck!

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  1. LeGeeque

    I call it ‘sleep’! But yea, you’re right, if I was wearing eye makeup, there’s bound to be gunk trapped there. LUVERLY! :P

    1. Tine

      So luverly indeed with black gunk out of our eyes. :-P

  2. ponikuta

    Woah, blatantly stole content from the wise mouth wor!!!!!

    1. Tine

      Woman ah, believe it or not, this post was written two weeks before I brought the subject up at our dinner. Me steal content? Please. ;-)

  3. Dawn

    Oh man I cringed and my stomach turned when I saw that picture!
    Haha yes I am one of those people that can’t stand to have anything near my eyeballs, I tried wearing contacts but stopped after awhile because of that reason. I did notice more eye poop when during my contact lens wearing days though.

    Usually to thoroughly remove my eye makeup, I’ll run a q-tip (soaked with some gentle waterbased eye remover) along my upper and bottom lash line..Its amazing how much black gunk is trapped there after after eye makeup removal! That’s a good tip, I’ll probably give it a try as I love my eyeliner and mascara.. Maybe more black gunk is hiding there :D

    1. Tine

      Oooops sorry! Yeah I know there are people who can’t deal with eyeball photos. I had to make a point! :P
      I used to be one of those people who can’t have anything near my eyeballs too. You know that trick where you can turn the inside of your eyelid out? That grosses me out big time. I cannot look at that at all! It took me a while to get used to contact lenses but once I got used to it, I had no problems with touching my eyeballs anymore. Well, except for that eyelid turning thing. Still one of the most disgusting tricks EVER.

      Oh yeah, that’s a great tip too, running the Q-tip along the lash lines. I learnt that from BeautyQQ. A question though: how do you do it without making the eyes water? She does it after applying mascara and eyeliner. I tried it a few times but always end up with watery eyes.

      1. Dawn

        Yes I know that trick! Its gross. Haha I still can’t stand to watch someone put their contact lenses in.

        Hmm, I think its a matter of finding a makeup remover that doesn’t irritate your eyes? I tried Bioderma (which is supposed to be gentle), but it made my eyes watery and a little weird. I use Belif Cleansing Water or Neutrogena Deep Clean eye makeup remover (which is also what I use on a cotton pad to remove my eye makeup beforehand).
        Usually I’ll soak one side of the Q-tip, so after I run it against my lash line… I’ll use the other dry side to “clean” off the makeup remover before starting on the next eye. I guess that prevents any remover from getting into my eyes and causing them to water :)

        1. Tine

          Funny, the only thing that works for me on the waterline is the Bioderma! Goes to show what works for people and what doesn’t. :)

          1. Dawn

            Haha! Yes its strange how skincare and cosmetics can be subjective.
            Well we can’t all like the same thing or the item will always be sold out. And the world will be so boring :D

  4. Grace

    My Mum tells me that in public too. Maybe it’s a Asian Mum thing? I am glad you did this topic. When I use eyeliner on my top waterline. I always wake up the next morning with black eye booger. As if eye booger itself is not gross enough. I may give your way a go. Thanks Hun x
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha OMG thank goodness I’m not the only one! Seriously, what is up with that? My mum would insist that I get rid of the eye booger right there and then, in public or not. She has to see me literally scoop it out and see that I no longer have any crud in my eyes. ARGH!

  5. MonicaP

    Boldly going where no blog has gone before – the eye booger .. lol

    Good post hon! Sometimes you just have to put it out there so people realize that this type of clean up needs to be done :-P

    Monica
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    1. Tine

      Hahaha I just had to talk about eye booger. We all have them. Even my mother makes sure other people know I have them. :P

  6. Anat

    My mom always called it “sleep,” as in “you’ve got sleep in your eye.”

    1. Tine

      See I wish I knew it was called “sleep”. And call it “eye shit” for all my life. Not so classy when I have to refer to it in public. :P

  7. Jessica

    Hahahaha…I know that feeling when your mum says those things. She used to say that to me too. I knew I was not the only one who have mums like that :)

    1. Tine

      Haha definitely not! Mums are all alike! :P

  8. Mardi

    I call it crackle or bleurgh depending on whether it’s hard or soft. TMI? Anyway I either just let it gather for a while then scrape it out if the corner of my eye with a fingernail or if it’s bothering me straight after I wash my face I use a damp cotton bud (I lick it, which is prolly completely wrong but I’ve been doing it for years), pull my lower eyelid down and gently run the bud along the valley under the eyelid. Sounds gross but takes half a second.

    1. Tine

      Hahahaha nope, not TMI at all! We all have the crackles and bleurghs! :P

  9. Carole

    It was mentionned in a Friends’ episodes when Chandler dates Rachel’s boss and wants to dump her because of mascara goop, that’s what he calls it!
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