The Ultimate Guide to Removing Make-up
The Ultimate Guide to Removing Make-up

The Ultimate Guide to Removing Make-up

5 minutes read

One of the essential steps in your beauty routine is removing make-up. Not only because of a fresh and clean feeling on your face before sleep — after removing your make-up correctly, but you also safeguard against blackheads and acne, which can appear because of dirty pores.  

Sleeping with make-up products can also cause collagen breakdown, skin dryness, fine lines, and accelerating ageing processes. Not removing your mascara or eyeliner impacts your eye health and causes loss of your lashes. 

Thus, it’s much better to take a few minutes before bed to remove your make-up properly and prepare your skin for the regimen steps ahead.   

How to remove make-up in 5 simple steps  

Step 1. Dissolve your products with oil-based make-up remover    

Dermatologist Ranella Hirsch recommends starting your make-up removal by applying an “oil-based make-up remover or micellar water. Leave it for at least fifteen seconds, which will help dissolve even stubborn make-up products. Don’t miss this step; you won’t have to waste time or damage your skin with excessive rubbing”.   

You can apply oil with your palms or use cotton pads — cotton balls are not recommended because they can leave fibre on your face. Beauty Daily’s top-pick? Invest in reusable cotton pads or Japanese cotton sheets. 

Step 2. Use special make-up remover on your eyes and lips 

Use special make-up remover for your eyes and lips — the skin here is sensitive, and you need to clean it properly, especially if you use long-lasting lipsticks, liners or mascara.  

How to remove your mascara depends on its type. For waterproof formulas, you need oily remover or bi-phase product. Instant Eye Make-Up Remover is a bi-phase lotion with cornflower and rose water that helps to remove even long-lasting and waterproof eye make-up products. It is suitable for sensitive skin and keeps it radiant on the next day.

Instant Eye Make-Up Remover

Some mascaras leave pigment on your lashes, but others contain polymers which wrap around each lash — they are called tubing mascaras. You can splash them with warm water and gently remove massaging the tubes with your fingertips, then wash your face with a cleansing product. 

Step 3. Wash your face properly  

Make-up artist Azra Red insists that after you dissolve your make-up, you must then wash your face with water and a cleanser, milk, gel, or foam. Do it with warm (not hot) water, so your make-up removes faster.  

Deep clean cleansing tools  

For deep cleansing pores, you can use electronic tools for face cleansing. Beauty Daily loves:

Read next: The Face & Body Beauty Tools to Invest In For Smooth Skin 

Make-up remover wipes are an absolute no-no. Many are not eco-friendly, contain micro-plastics or rough particles, are heavily perfumed or loaded with alcohol, and end up drying out the skin and causing acne.  

Read Next: Double Cleansing – Why you need to start this Korean method

Step 4. Make sure you remove all make-up 

It seems obvious, but you can get into a routine of not removing properly and not take the cleanser far enough. For instance, the hairline, cheekbones and under the jawline can lead to breakouts in those missed or forgotten areas. 

Step 5. Moisturise your skin after removing make-up 

Don’t go to sleep without moisturising your face. The PM is when your skincare works harder — it’s not battling pollution, the sun’s rays or make-up. Furthermore, our body temperature rises, we don’t hydrate with water, and we are hotter when getting our Zzzs. Sebum production slows, so you must counteract that with some lubrication formulated for your skin type.  

Read next: What Is Moisture Sandwiching And Should You Try It? 

How to remove waterproof mascara  

How to take off waterproof mascara? This product can be stubborn because it’s water-resistant. Try to limit the layers — so apply a regular mascara and seal it with a second coat of a waterproof version.  

Remove your mascara with Instant Eye Make-Up Remover — it is a bi-phase lotion enriched with cornflower and rose water. It washes away all your pigments while keeping your skin soft and comforted. This product is suitable for all skin types and contact lens wearers. 

Here’s our step-by-step guide to removing waterproof make-up 

  1. Apply an oil-based or dual-phase eye make-up product on an eco-friendly cotton pad.
  2. Close your eye and position the pad on the bottom side of your lashes.
  3. Wait for fifteen to twenty seconds so the oil can break down the product. 
  4. Remove mascara, gently pushing it down on the top lashes and wiping the bottom of your eye. Do not rub your lashes as it may cause hair loss or sensitivity. 
  5. Wash your face with a cleanser. If your eyes are not fully clean, repeat the first step.

Which products are best for make-up removal?  

Oily formulas easily dissolve make-up and save time. For example, Total Cleansing Oil with purifying Alpine herbs turns into silky milk and helps to remove even heavy and waterproof make-up. Plus, this product leaves your skin soft and feeling comfortable.  

Total Cleansing Oil

If you are a micellar water fan, apply My Clarins RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Water on a cotton pad, wipe your face and repeat until the cotton pads are clean. Its vegan formula with plant extracts helps to smooth and detoxify your skin. The product doesn’t contain sulphates, parabens, and phthalates and works in as little as 30-seconds.  

My Clarins RE-MOVE Micellar Cleansing Water 

To remove pollution and make-up, choose the foaming RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel with moringa extract and 91% of natural ingredients for oily skin. This gel detoxifies, reduces pores and excess oil, fights blemishes, and soothes and smooths your skin.  

RE-MOVE Purifying Cleansing Gel

If you are looking for a cleanser that can do it all, then try the One-Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract – All Skin Types.

One-Step Facial Cleanser with Orange Extract - All Skin Types

This one-step, no-rinse facial cleanser with Orange Extract and Moringa Extract effectively removes the last trace of make-up, impurities and dead skin cells to reveal your glowing skin beneath. This bi-phase cleanser cleanses and tones the skin.

Overall, remove your make-up safely. Plus, there’s always the Double Cleanse method:

Read next: Is Double Cleansing Necessary? Experts Weigh In.

Sign up for our newsletter

We will keep you in the loop for special offers, exclusive gifts and product news.

Extra-Firming Energy - 335x100
Nutri-Lumiere - 1180x200