We all know that good and healthy skin starts with a thorough cleanse, but sometimes no matter how thoroughly you scrub and lather up, it seems like you just can’t get all your makeup off. We all have been there. Despite our best efforts, we are just left wondering how to remove makeup completely.
We talk to dermatologists and makeup artists to get their best tips for getting every last bit of makeup off our skin. Read on for seven pro tips to help you get a perfectly bare, makeup-free face.
When it comes to removing eye makeup in particular, the slower you go, the better it is for your eyes. Let the technology do the work. Apply makeup remover and let it sit, and sit some more. Give it a couple of minutes, say, while you brush and floss. This will soften mascara, liner, and shadow so it slips off easily and thoroughly once you finally wipe.
If you do this, you won’t find smudges under your eyes in the morning anymore. Giving remover time to work its magic also prevents you from having to rub/scrub with your makeup-remover pad—always a mistake, since friction can damage the delicate skin around your eyes, causing irritation and contributing to wrinkles.
Deep down you already knew makeup wipes sounded too good to be true, right? Wipes can be an excellent initial step in removing makeup—in fact, they’re best used to remove makeup before cleansing. But a proper sink session should ideally be followed.
Many of us make the mistake of just using wipes and going to bed, but the makeup really is not at all off—you still have to wash your face, ladies. Using water and face wash is what’s really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen. If you use only wipes and then apply moisturizer, you might push dirt into your pores and wake up with pimples or blackheads.
Women tend to use a face wash that is not made to remove makeup. If you suspect yours falls into this category, you could use a makeup remover like micellar water first—or consider switching to a cleansing oil or balm. These are among the most effective at coaxing off even the most stubborn makeup, like stay-put foundations, liquid lipsticks, and brow pigments.
We know what some of you must be thinking: No way applying an oil-based product will leave your face cleaner. But the new oil cleansers really can work miracles. They might do wonders to your skin.
A lot of people in reality do not even know that oil dissolves oil. But she might like to remove them with a washcloth for added cleansing. If you really can not stand the feel of an oil cleanser, we will suggest milky and gel textures as alternatives. Here are a couple of others we love.
If there is one zone that is frequently neglected during makeup removal, it is the elusive edge of your eyelid, where liner and mascara can build up over time—and lead to eye irritation. Especially if you tight-line your eyes with waterproof liquid, you might need to get in there with a more targeted tool and make sure every last speck is gone.
For detailed work, we would love to recommend cotton swabs mixed with olive oil. They break everything down so you don’t have to scrub, which often results in lashes breaking off and falling out. Speaking of lashes falling out, you also should never tug stubborn mascara chunks off with your fingers.
To coax clumps off without doing harm, make sure you give your remover enough time to penetrate, and then press down gently with a flat cotton pad, moving slowly in the direction your lashes grow, to slide the mascara off.
We totally get it: When it’s past midnight and your pillow beckons, even an easy step like throwing your hair into a pony can feel like too much effort. But not doing so would mean that you are likely stopping a couple of inches short of your hairline when washing your face.
People often accumulate makeup residue around their hairline, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts. Take the two seconds to tie it back or you can slip on a terry headband to ensure you get off every trace of makeup.
Cotton balls can leave behind so much residue or can break down during usage and leave fibers on your lashes or skin. That can lead to irritation at a time when you are trying to detox and soothe. So, always opt for flat cotton pads instead of balls, ideally with a quilted texture.
Basic drugstore pads work pretty well as it is often suggested by makeup artists—but specialty versions can be worth it for serious makeup wearers. We usually recommend everyone to go for Japanese cotton squares because the cotton is woven in such a way that it doesn’t shed at all. They are like magical little pillows that remove everything.
Even if you do not have dry skin, makeup removal should always be followed up with at least some targeted moisture: Balm up those lips if you have just removed lipstick, and dab on eye cream. Removing makeup can dry out the eye area, which is the most sensitive skin on your face. You need to keep it soft and hydrated.
Makeup remover is an essential ingredient when it comes to taking care of your skin’s health. Adding a makeup remover or using home remedies might work but the brand value is also important if using such products.
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