How to Remove Makeup Effectively

 

Hi everyone! I often get asked about the best ways to remove makeup effectively so today I’m sharing a few of my tips on how to cleanse well. If you are a regular makeup wearer, its very important to remove every last bit of makeup to maintain healthy skin. If you’re cleansing halfheartedly, you’re bound to get clogged pores, breakouts and dull looking skin.

The kind of cleansing routine you have at the end of the day depends on your skin type, the kind of makeup you wear during the day and your preference, of course. Some people like to only use watery cleansers like micellar waters while some people jump in straight with a face wash, whereas others like a deep oil or balm cleanse. I personally tailor my cleansing routine based on the kind of makeup I’m wearing and the state of my skin. On days when I’m wearing heavier makeup, particularly waterproof mascara, I will use a cleansing oil or dedicated eye makeup remover. And on days when I have just little or no makeup on, I like to use a micellar water. In either case, I like to follow up with a gentle face wash to remove all traces of the cleanser, for thoroughly cleansed skin.

 

Eye and Lip Makeup Removers for Waterproof Makeup
Eye and Lip Makeup Removers for Waterproof Makeup

 

The most common kind of cleansers that almost every makeup brand makes is a bi-phase makeup remover for the eyes and lips. These contain a watery phase and an oil phase which are supposed to be mixed by shaking well before use. The presence of the oily phase ensures removal of all makeup that the water phase cannot remove. Among the more affordable options, the Maybelline Express Eye & Lip Remover does a great job though I like the Chambor one a little more. Among the higher end options, nothing beats the Clarins one which is super effective but not harsh and has the right balance of the water/oil phases. The Shiseido one is good for lighter makeup but doesn’t work as effectively on waterproof mascara. The Elizabeth Arden one on the other hand has a generous proportion of the oil phase which makes it a little greasier, but also more effective against long lasting makeup.

Keep in mind that these kind of removers are only meant for the eyes and lips, for wateproof and long lasting makeup. They can be a little dehydrating when used all over the face.

 

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal
Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

 

Micellar waters are very convenient as they don’t need to be rinsed and are very gentle on the skin. They are ideal for when you have light or no makeup and suit sensitive skin types as well. You can read more about Micellar waters in my recent post here.

Tip : For removing kohl or eyeliner from the inner rims of the eyes, you can use a cotton bud dipped in micellar water. I do this for the lower lash line as well to remove the smudged kohl between the lashes.

 

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Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

 

Micellar waters are a makeup-artist favorite worldwide and they certainly are very useful (and quick!) for light makeup removal and cleansing. Micellar cleansing waters may have been limited to French pharmacy brands till a few years back but more and more drugstore skincare brands are jumping on cleansing water bandwagon. While brands like Garnier and Nivea haven’t yet introduced their very popular and affordable micellar cleansing waters in the Indian market, we do have options like Bioderma, Avene, Vichy and Yves Rocher to try out!

 

Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal
Micellar Waters for Makeup Removal

 

Micellar cleansing waters basically look and feel just like water but on a microscopic level, they contain tiny oil molecules that attach themselves to dirt and oil on the skin, which are then cleansed off. They are simple to use – just soak a cotton pad with the micellar water, rest on the skin for a few seconds and wipe off. The cleansing agents using in micellar waters are mild and in low concentration, so there is no stinging or tingling, making them ideal for sensitive skin. But for the same reason, they are not the most effective choice for waterproof or long stay makeup and you may need several rounds of cleansing to get stubborn makeup off.

But the no-rinse formula and ease of use definitely makes these very handy for travel and for situations where you may not have the luxury of a proper cleanse with running water. And you can use them for the entire face, including the eyes and the lips. I personally love the fact that micellar waters feel really gentle and leave the skin cleansed and refreshed.

I’ve shared my thoughts on a few cleansing waters that I’ve used below.

 

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Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes (Review)

 

The Neutrogena Cleansing Towelettes have some pretty good reviews so I decided to give them a try when I spotted them at Walgreens during my US trip. Makeup Remover wipes always come in handy when you’re traveling and I put these to the test the same day as I bought them. The brand claims that these remove all makeup – even waterproof mascara and need no rinsing. Lets see how they fared for me.

Price : $6.49 to $8.99 (for 21 towelettes) – depending where you buy them from.

 

 

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes : Review
Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes : Review

 

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Clinique Take the Day Off Remover for Lashes, Lids and Lips : Review

 

Clinique Take the Day Off Remover for Lashes, Lids and Lips
Clinique Take the Day Off Remover for Lashes, Lids and Lips

 

Price : $18.50 for 125 ml

 

About Clinique Take the Day Off Remover for Lashes, Lids and LipsA makeup remover that quickly lifts away long-wearing eye and lip makeup without tugging.This eye and lip makeup remover easily dissolves longwearing makeup, even waterproof mascara. This gentle formula is tug-free, non-irritating, and non-stinging.This product is ophthalmologist tested and appropriate for lens wearers and all skin types.

 

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