Favorites: Makeup Removers
You’ve painted your face – foundation, blush, lips, lids and lashes. And now the evening is drawing to a close. You know to never fall asleep without washing off your makeup, but the products you’re using to remove said painted face are, well, not doing the job. Not all makeup removers are created equal. Here, we’re going to explore what remover is right for you (and the ones that really work).
As a side note, you must, must, MUST always wash your face after using a makeup remover. While most removers will take off the pigmented products, they’ll also just move dirt and bacteria around your skin. Therefore, to get a clean complexion, take off makeup with your chosen remover, then wash your face with a cleanser suitable for your skin type.
Rule of thumb: Makeup removers don’t clean your face, they simple remove the paint.
Just for Eyes: Waterproof shadows, mascaras and eyeliners require extra TLC. This is when an eye makeup remover comes in handy. Also ideal for people with sensitive eyes and/ or contact wearers.
Klorane Floral Gel Eye Makeup Remover – The gel texture is incredibly soothing and the formula removes everything without irritation.
Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover – I believe that this was the first eye makeup remover I ever tried. It’s still a favorite for its efficiency and ease.
For the face, you can use three different types of makeup removers – cleansing waters (great for sensitive skin and/ or acneic), cleansing wipes (best for quick and easy removal), and facial makeup removers (usually containing oils so better for dryer skin types).
Face – Cleansing Waters: Very gentle, can be used on face and eyes, perfect for sensitive and acneic skin.
Bioderma Crealine H20 – My absolute favorite, ideal for sensitive skin, formulated without oils or fragrances, so gentle and removes everything in a few easy swipes.
Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water – when I can’t find Bioderma (it’s more difficult to buy state-side), I turn to Caudalie’s cleansing water. It’s still gentle and effective and a great purchase.
Face – Cleansing Wipes: Pre-soaked wipes that effectively remove makeup, great for on-the-go (gym bag) and travel.
Korres Pomegranate Cleansing & Make Up Removing Wipes For Oily And Combination Skin – Love all things Korres and these makeup remover wipes are no exception. Free of paragons, sulfates and synthetic dyes, these wipes remove it all — while being kind to oily skin.
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes, Hydrating – Moistened wipes that hydrate and soothe skin while removing makeup. Very affordable and they double as an on-the-go brush cleanser, too (in between actual washes).
Face – Oil-Based Makeup Remover: For dryer and sensitive skin types.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm – “A lightweight makeup remover – goes on as a solid balm and transforms into a silky oil – that quickly dissolves tenacious eye and face makeup and sunscreens.”
MAC Cleanse Off Oil – “An industry-strength oil-based makeup remover that’s gentle on the skin. Botanically formulated with oils of olive fruit, evening primrose and jojoba seed and absolutely 100 per cent mineral-oil free. Massages onto the skin to loosen all makeup, including waterproof mascara. Emulsifies into a lotion-type liquid with water: rinses off easily, no tissues required.”
All-Natural/ DIY: Find these natural products in your pantry.
Coconut Oil – A wonderfully rich oil that removes makeup in a cinch. Best for normal, dry and sensitive skin types. For pre-packed, try RMS Raw Coconut Cream.
Jojoba Oil – A nourishing oil that is PH balanced and ideal for oily skin types. Works wonders as an all-natural makeup remover. For pre-packaged, try Desert Essence Pure Jojoba Oil.