How to remove your makeup properly
Author: Danielle Cauchi Date Posted: 7 January 2021
You may think you’ve got your makeup removal routine down pat. Just a few makeup wipe swipes and you’re ready to call it a night.
Even if you think you have removed all traces of makeup, there may still be some lingering product just waiting to clog your pores and cause some nasty infections.
We know it’s tedious, but spending time ensuring that all your makeup has been completely removed is going to rescue your pores from acne-inducing bacteria, protect your eyes from unpleasant infections and save your white bedding and pretty pillows from unwanted stains.
Don’t rely just on makeup wipes
We know it’s super tempting just to grab a makeup wipe from your bedside table, roll over and go to sleep, but if you spent an hour putting your makeup together layer by layer, do you really think it’s going to come off in a few quick swipes? In our dreams, maybe!
But that doesn’t mean throw away your makeup wipes all together! Makeup wipes are excellent for correcting errors in makeup application, as well as removing any last remnants of makeup that may be lingering, particularly in the eye area and along the hairline.
Just don’t use baby wipes. Although they are suitable for sensitive skin, they are not formulated with the necessary ingredients for makeup removal.
Make sure that you are thorough in your makeup removal. This includes ensuring that you remove makeup from every part of the skin and lifting product in a way that rids makeup and grime from your pores without harming the skin.
Remove your makeup using a cotton pad and a liquid makeup remover.
Move your hand in circular motions to lift away any product that’s stuck in your pores. Warm water will help open your pores, making this process a lot easier. Refrain from scrubbing your skin as this will just cause irritation and premature aging.
Hold your hair back with a headband so that you can erase any makeup from along the hairline.
Also, make sure that you carry your makeup remover down your neck and jawline because if you’re a seasoned foundation user, you probably take your foundation down along your neck to ensure a flawless blend.
Finishing with micellar water or cleansing oil
The great thing is we live in a day and age where there are plenty of options available to us for everything cosmetic-related.
Whether you want to go water-based or oil-based, the choice is yours essentially.
Cleansing oils are fantastic for breaking products down and are probably your number one choice for removing long-wearing lipsticks as the pigments are quite strong.
On the other side of the spectrum, we have micellar water which is a lightweight water-based solution that lifts any remaining makeup away with the power of micelles.
Whether you use micellar water or cleansing oil, it’s crucial that you moisturise once you have successfully removed your makeup. Makeup removers tend to be a little harsh on the skin so it’s important to reinvite healthy moisture back into your skin.