Believe it or not, there’s a wrong and right way to remove makeup. And no, it’s not just about the products you’re using (maybe a lil bit), but rather, how you’ve been using them.
Today, makeup is long-lasting and often smudge-proof. As such, it’s essential to invest in makeup removal products that are ready to handle the task ahead.
If you choose to use poorly made products, you’ll not only have to work harder but also cause damage to your skin.
They will leave your complexion looking dull, increase the risk of breakouts, counteract your anti-aging ingredients, and throw off your oil balance.
We dove deep into research and got the skinny on the best way to get rid of makeup and the best products to use.
Therefore, if you think your technique needs some ‘zhuzhing up,’ here are some tips on how best to remove your makeup and help you keep your skin glowing and healthy.
Get Rid of Lip Color First
We all love putting on a bold lip when the occasion demands it (or anytime we need to remind ourselves we are badass).
However, when it comes to makeup removal, most people get rid of lip stains as the last step in their nighttime routine. That, as many beauty enthusiasts would say is, criminal.
According to several aestheticians, lipstick removal should be the first step in your bedtime routine to avoid smearing disasters.
And the best way to get rid of it, soak in a cotton pad in micellar water or an oil-based cleanser and then glide it gently across your lips.
Use A Cleanser Designed for Makeup Removal
Believe it or not, most people tend to use facial cleansers not designed for makeup removal to get rid of cakes of makeup.
If you inspect yours and find that it falls into this category, you should look to invest in micellar water and a cleansing balm or oil.
Now, like the skeptic you are, you’re probably thinking that an oil-based cleanser can’t leave your face clean as a new pin.
But, what most don’t know is that oil dissolves oil. You might also want to use it alongside a cleaning pad for added cleansing oomph.
If oil-based cleansers are not the bane of your existence, milky and gel-based cleansers are ideal alternatives. They help coax off brow pigments, long-lasting foundations, and liquid lipsticks.
Be Gentle Around Your Eyes
Eyeliner and mascara are some of the hardest products to get rid of, but you don’t want to scrub them off angrily – the skin around the eyes is very sensitive.
Roughly tugging at the skin around your eyes can trigger irritation and increase the appearance of wrinkles.
So, instead of scrubbing the mascara off, soak a cotton pad in micellar water or your gel-based cleanser, lay it over your eyes for a few seconds, and then gently run the makeup away.
If you’re wearing smudge-proof eye makeup, swap out the micellar water for waterproof eye makeup removers. Otherwise, you’ll have to rub so hard that you pull out some lashes in the process.
Maximize on Steam Heat
Steam unclogs your pores, making it easier for a cleanser to penetrate deeper into your skin, removing dirt, debris, and stubborn makeup stains. To do this:
• Fill up your sink or a significantly large bowl with hot water
• Hover your face over it for about three minutes, and voila! You’ll be good to go.
You can also soak a smooth towel in hot water, wring it out, and place it on your face to open up your pores.
Pull Your Hair Back & Cleanse Your Hairline
When you’re tired, all you can think about is slamming your face on your pillow and drifting to dreamland. Even a simple step like pulling your hair into a pony can feel like a task.
What most don’t know is that not pulling your hair into a pony when cleansing your face causes product (makeup) buildup around the hairline, leading to clogged pores and breakouts.
So, take that the five seconds or less, tie your hair back or slip on a headband and get rid of every trace of makeup on your hairline and face for clearer and healthier skin.
Swap the Cotton Balls for Flat Cotton Pads
If you’ve been stacking up cotton balls to help with makeup removal, it’s time to throw them away or save them for lifting ink stains from clothes.
According to experts, cotton balls can leave behind residue, leading to irritation at a time when you’re looking to detox, moisturize and soothe your skin.
Instead, opt for cotton pads, ideally those with a quilted texture. They’re like tiny magical pillows that lift away every speck of product.
Use A Toner After Cleansing
Most people skip on toners during their skincare routine.
However, according to estheticians, toners help condition your skin and get rid of the excess oil leftover after cleansing. And, using it is as simple as saturating a cotton pad with it and then wiping it gently across your face before applying a serum.
Follow Up With A Hydrating Moisturizer
Even when your skin feels like a water reservoir, you should always moisturize after you remove your makeup. So, balm up your lips, slather on your favorite moisturizer, and dab some creamy eye cream for softer, hydrated, and healthier skin.