Attention all beauty lovers: you all look stunning with your flawless foundation, cut creases & cat eyes, and smudge-proof lipstick. It’s great that your makeup can last all day, but how do you take it off? Believe it or not there is a “correct” way to remove makeup (though anything is better than nothing)
When I was working at Clinique I was amazed by how many people would come in claiming they only used soap (some even only used olive oil). Makeup is designed to have molecules which reach way down into your pores for longevity, SPF will also settle in deep down in there & unfortunately a simple cleanser or “two in one” just won’t do. Not fully removing your makeup can cause blemishes, wrinkles, and dull looking skin…. Yikes!
Read on for the most effective makeup removing methods
Watch your eyes:
The skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face and is also the most suceptable to damage. Harsh formulas along with tugging and scrubbing can cause inflammation (bags) and wrinkles over time. Chose an eye makeup remover that is fragrance and alcohol free. Start by applying a few drops remover on a cotton ball and holding it over your closed eye for 30 seconds. This allows the product to penetrate and do all the hard work for you. Once makeup has been loosened simply sweep away and touch up with a clean cotton ball with a bit more remover I needed. For tough sticking “waterproof” formulas try an oil based product, just make sure to cleanse the area afterwards as you can end up with residue that prevents creams and serums from soaking in.
My pick for eyes: Clinique take the day off eye and lip makeup remover (19$) which has oils to remove even the most difficult products but leaves behind zero residue
*the same tactic as above can be used for high pigmented lipsticks*
For the face:
You always want to use a separate makeup remover followed by a cleanser. For oil and acne prone skin types I reccomend a foaming makeup remover followed by a cleanser containing tea tree or salycilic acid. For sensitive or dry skin types I reccomend a makeup removing balm and cleansing oil. You an also use a DIY makeup remover by mixing a dab of Vaseline into your daily (fragrance and alcohol free) moisturizer, afterwards cleanse with your favorite cleanser to avoid any stickiness
Oil/combination skin pick: Mac Green Gel Cleanser (21$) which foams up and reduces oil
Dry/Sensitive skin pick: Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Creme Cleanser (25$) which is a non-lather (read non-drying) makeup remover with added moisturizers.
Once you’re done removing your makeup and cleansing you should always follow up with a good toner and moisturizer. A good theory is to pick one with salycilic acid as a main ingredient and apply with a cotton ball in a “sweeping motion”. When there is no residue and your cotton ball comes out clean you can stop.
I will always recommend the Clinique 3-Step program which has a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer for every skin type. If anything at all use the toner which is lifechanging. I never wanted a toner until I used theirs. It is honestly worth it!!
It may all seem like a lot but it is so worth it to start taking care of your skin now. What do you think? What’s your makeup removing tecnique?