There are lots of different tips for removing makeup and we can’t stress just how important it is to keep the nasties off the skin. 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. But don’t you worry, these tips will help to make makeup removal a walk in the park.

Get into a routine

First things first, let’s start at the beginning. You may do this already but the sequence in which you remove your makeup can really help to speed the process up and have the best results. I find it best to remove any lipstick first, then move onto your eyes, and then finish off with the rest of your face.

Gently does it, especially around the delicate eye area

We’ve all done it where we are tempted to scrub away the day’s eye makeup off, this does no good for our skin. Instead, 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.

Get the cleanser right

Always go for the mildest possible cleanser for your skin type because if it is 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.

Splish splash splosh

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.

Pat dry

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.

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