Makeup removal should be an important part of your skin care routine and there are plenty of different tips for removing makeup effectively. We’re always told that it’s important to remove all traces of makeup at the end of the day, but sometimes this is easier said than done. Things like eyeliner and mascara have a tendency to stick around well after you hit up the makeup remover and cleanser. Make makeup removal a breeze with these tips for removing makeup.
1. Start a Sequence
When it comes to tips for removing makeup, let’s start with the basics. You probably already do this automatically, but the sequence in which you remove your makeup can really help speed the process along. Start by removing any lipstick or lip gloss, then move onto your eyes, and then finish off by focusing on the rest of your face.
2. Go Easy on the Eyes
Mascara and eyeliner always manage to stay put more than other makeup. While we may be tempted to rub and scrub our eye makeup off, this does no good for our skin. A targeted eye makeup remover is the best option for removing eye shadow, liner and mascara. Apply eye makeup remover to a cotton pad and then press down onto your eyelids and lashes. Then, gently swipe outwards to the corners of your eyes and repeat until all traces of makeup are removed.
3. Choose a Suitable Cleanser
When you’re looking at facial cleansers and makeup removers, always go for the mildest one possible for your skin type. Anything too strong and harsh can dry out your skin and make your skin’s oil production go into overdrive. Apply the cleanser in circular motions, gently removing your makeup as you go. Most of your makeup should come off during this stage, especially if you’ve already removed your lip and eye makeup.
4. Rinse It
After cleansing, rinse off whatever remains with lukewarm water. Avoid rubbing off those last traces of makeup with a towel or cloth as they can be abrasive and harsh on the skin. A splash of lukewarm water (anything too hot or cold might startle the skin) is just what you need to rinse off any leftover residue.
5. Dry off
What you should use a towel or cloth for, however, is to dry off your skin after removing your makeup. Gently pat skin with a cloth or towel, and avoid wiping or rubbing your face. Opinion is divided on whether astringent toner is needed after cleansing and rinsing, so leave this up to personal preference. Do, however, finish off by applying some moisturiser.
6. Sneaky Substitutes
Sometimes we don’t always have access to our entire makeup removal kit. While some people swear by things like Vaseline or baby oil as substitutes for makeup removers (I haven’t personally tried them so can’t vouch for their effectiveness), I have found that applying moisturiser and wiping it off with a tissue can be an easy and water-free method for removing makeup.
7. Be Gentle
‘Gentle’ seems to be the key word when it comes to makeup removal. You might think that gentle products and motions might be ineffective, but this isn’t always the case. Gentle just means aggravating the skin as little as possible, since the skin on our faces is particularly sensitive.
Make makeup removal a habit and a regular part of your skin care routine. These are just some tips that you may want remember next time you remove your makeup. What’s your best advice for removing makeup? Do you have any tricks or tips?