Correct makeup removal should be just as important as putting it on! 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. Make makeup removal easy with these top tips.
Get into 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.
Take it 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.
Pick the right 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.
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.
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.