There are tons of reviews and articles online about makeup application. What products to use, what brushes to buy, how to apply it. But what are you to do when you have come home, exhausted and need to take that makeup off? What do we use? Makeup removal should be your first step of your skincare routine. That leftover foundation will block or affect the efficacy of any serum, hydrator, antioxidant that you use. Nowadays, in the US, folks are using more and more long wearing, richly pigmented, heavy duty or waterproof makeup and sometimes your regular cleanser just doesn’t cut it. I like to get rid of that first layer of product so that my cleansers would be more effective and deep cleaning. So in this post, I will be discussing 4 different types of makeup removers. I even include an extra makeup removal tip! So that is really 5 ways to remove your makeup.
So this post and video will only cover removal methods for regular consumer makeup products. Special effects, theatrical and other alcohol/silicone based makeup are excluded.
Check out my video on makeup removers
Details mentioned in the Makeup Removers video
- Balms/Cleansing Oils Makeup Removers
These do a great job in breaking down pigments, long wearing makeup and even sunscreen. Does this without drying the skin and can be used on all skin types.
- Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm
- Pixi By Petra Nourishing Cleansing Balm
- Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil
2. Micellar Water Makeup Removers
Made famous in the US by French brands. Water like consistency and actually contain mild surfactants/cleansers. Good to use if looking for a one step process
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution *Makeup Artist cult fave!
- L’Oréal Micellar Cleansing Water
- Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All in 1 Makeup Remover & Cleanser
* Not a makeup remover but a clarifying cleanser for hair! –My DevaCurl Buildup Buster Micellar Cleansing Serum