Unlike synthetic mascaras, this product takes a second to dry and is not waterproof. It should be allowed to set to avoid smudging. While many mascara manufactures include a plastic insert to remove the excess mascara, we skip it to save the waste. We recommend a "less is more" approach, so simply lightly spin your wand against the edge of the vial to remove excess product and then apply! Re-apply as desired, curl, and fall in love with your gorgeous lashes! To rinse off your wand, simply run it under hot water until it runs clear and allow to dry.