Anyone who enjoys a face full of makeup – or even just the odd contour and lipstick – knows that the most difficult part of makeup is removing makeup. Ensuring your face is completely clean while being kind to your skin can be a challenge, but it’s crucial that you do remove makeup properly to avoid acne, blemishes, and other skin problems.
We’ve compiled our top 10 tips on how to take makeup off simply, effectively, and completely.
How to Remove Makeup – Our Top 10 Tips
Although makeup removal can be a chore, there’s plenty of information out there to help you do it right. There’s even an ASMR genre based around makeup removal! We picked out the 10 tips that help you wake every day with fresh, glowing skin – and no panda eyes.
1. Don’t Sleep in Your Makeup
Do you ever fall into bed after a rough day and take your makeup off first thing in the morning? While we can empathize, it’s a terrible way to treat your skin. So bad, in fact, that the famous YouTuber NikkieTutorials says it’s her number one rule about skincare.
Use our tips to ensure your face is clean and clear before you sleep. Not only does this prevent makeup from transferring onto your pillows and bedding, but it keeps your pores clear and helps look after your skin and eye health.
2. How to Remove Makeup Without Wipes
There’s this misconception floating around that you need expensive, disposable wipes to remove makeup completely. Not only are wipes not great for the environment, but they’re also not the best at removing makeup either! They help you do a surface cleanse, which looks great but doesn’t get down to the pores.
Even if you do use wipes to get the bulk of your makeup off, use an effective face wash or oil-based makeup remover (see below) to finish the job properly.
3. The Best Face Wash to Remove Makeup
Just soap and water won’t always cut it when it comes to removing makeup. Confusingly, though, many cleansers also don’t complete the job either! In fact, for the best makeup removal, you need a combination of methods to deal with water-based and oil-based makeup.
Oil dissolves oil, which is why cleansing balms with an oil base are popular for removing a range of makeup products. Soap and water help remove stubborn residues that cling to the skin. Use your oily product first, then wash with soap or your favorite face wash to prevent your pores from getting clogged.
Go cruelty-free with Caudalie’s vegan makeup removing cleansing oil, but remember to wash your face with your usual cleanser after for that squeaky clean feeling.
4. Makeup Remover Substitute
You’ve come home from a glam night out only to find you’ve got no makeup remover in the house. Tragedy! Well, perhaps not. According to YouTuber More SugarSpiceNice, it’s simple to remove makeup with a few key ingredients you might have in your home. She uses a combination of olive oil, aloe vera gel, gram flour, and rose water.
The oil helps break down the oils in the makeup, and the other ingredients have cleansing and exfoliating properties plus, they help the skin glow. Alternative makeup remover substitutes include coconut oil, baby oil, or even petroleum jelly-based products like Vaseline.
5. How to Remove Eye Makeup
Removing eye makeup is important because your eyes are delicate and easily irritated. If you don’t remove eye makeup completely from your eyelids and surrounding area, you could find that it gradually builds up under your eyelids, just like this woman in Australia. Build-up can cause irritation, pain, and eventual damage to the eyes. Ouch.
Learning how to remove eye makeup properly is simple with the right products. Oil-based is generally best for eyeliner and crème eyeshadow. Just check that it’s safe for use around the eyes. Apply gently, and give the remover time to dissolve the makeup, then wipe away.
6. How to Take Off Mascara
Knowing how to take mascara off properly prevents huge raccoon eyes that shock you when you look in the mirror first thing in the morning. But, of course, the first rule is never scrub at it. Your eyes are so delicate and sensitive, and they don’t deserve that kind of treatment!
Gently apply a makeup remover suitable for use around the eyes, ideally one specifically for dealing with waterproof makeup. Soak a cotton pad in the remover and, with your eyes closed, hold the pad onto your eyelashes for 10-20 seconds. Swipe away in the direction the lashes go, then swipe again with a clean wipe. You may need to repeat this for, particularly stubborn mascara.
7. Cotton Pads – Not Balls!
Cotton wool balls are soft, squishy, and absorbent. But, they leave tiny little fibers all over your face. Use a cotton wool pad instead for effective cleansing and makeup removal. For your eyes, use a clean pad for each eye to prevent spreading bacteria from one eye to the other.
8. Dealing with Stubborn Lipstick
The great thing about good-quality lipstick is that it never comes off. The worst thing about good-quality lipstick is that it never comes off! Stop scrubbing at your lips with a dry cotton wool pad and take a deep breath. Smear your favorite oil-based cleanser on your lips. Leave it for a minute or two, then wipe off gently. Do this a couple of times to reveal you’re natural lips again.
9. Tie Your Hair Back
It sounds obvious, but late at night, it’s an easy one to forget. Tying or clipping your hair away from your face has the double whammy of avoiding getting makeup in your hair and ensuring you can clean your face all the way to your hairline.
10. Moisturize After Makeup Removal
When you’ve cleaned every speck of makeup and every drop of oil from your face, your skin will be thirsty. Help rehydrate it with a light moisturizer that won’t leave it feeling oily or heavy. Focus on the eye area, as this is the most sensitive to drying after deep cleansing.
When it comes to removal, makeup can be stubborn! The best way to remove makeup is to take your time, use cleansers that really work, and be kind to your face.