It’s funny how I had never thought of writing a post about removing makeup on this blog, especially when it’s my profession.
Although I suppose why would I think of it – most of the times, after a makeup gig is done, so is my job. I don’t think I’ve once had to remove makeup after a job (or at least so far).
Thing is, makeup removal for personal use is incredibly important, so I was glad when I got in this question from a reader asking about the proper way to remove makeup. Read on for her question, and for my response.
(By the way, if you ever have a question that you want me to answer, just e-mail me.)
Hi Renee! I have progressed from not putting any makeup, to putting some light makeup now that are sweat/water resistant and give protection from UV rays as well as oil control. However, I am not too sure if I am removing my makeup thoroughly. I am using baby oil to remove makeup from the eyes and a cleansing gel for the rest of my face. Can this type of cleansing gel remove the different characteristic of my makeup (e.g., like I mentioned above, some SPF, oil control, etc)?
It’s a great question, ’cause as I mentioned makeup removal is vital. Proper removal will help prevent skin infections, blemishes and other dirt and grim that can build up and lead to nasties on the face. Here are the methods I recommend.
While in the shower, use your normal cleanser and massage your face to get all that grime out. Rinse off and repeat. The second time is to cleanse your skin, while the first was purely for makeup removal. For those who use heavier foundations, sunscreens, makeup primers, etc., this may not be enough for you and you may want to be ‘extra safe’ when removing everything – in this case, I would recommend a specific cleansing product to remove the makeup first, i.e. a cleansing milk or my personal favorite, micellar water.
Micellar water came into the industry only a few years ago and it’s has just about taken over the makeup removal retail space. It’s also one of my favorite beauty products, so I highly recommend micellar water for removing makeup. You soak a cotton pad with it and apply all over – skin, eyes, lips, and then in the shower, cleanse your face as usual. This will remove all traces of product on your face. Check out my post, 9 Ways to Use Micellar Water (It’s Not Just Cleanser!), for all the ways you can use it, too.
Oil-based Makeup Remover
For eye and lip makeup, any makeup remover will do, to be honest, but if it’s waterproof makeup, you may need something stronger. I would recommend is Clinique Take the Day Off Makeup Remover or L’Oreal’s Dermo Expertise Gentle Lip and Eye Makeup Remover. I use both and love them equally! They remove everything fast and even though oil-based, it doesn’t leave any oily residue behind.
If you’re using the proper products to remove your makeup (either micellar water, makeup remover, or even a cleanser) and then cleansing your skin afterwards, all product will be removed. It’s important though to cleanse your skin after makeup removal. Allow me to be very Singaporean, but making sure you cleanse your skin afterwards will not only help your skin but will “double confirm” all product is removed from the skin.