I know what you’re thinking: “But Casey – I wash my face! I don’t need to know how to remove makeup. I already do it!”
Yes, that is (hopefully) true but if you’re only washing your face I can promise you that you’re not removing your makeup completely. Think of it this way: when you wash your face you’re removing some of your makeup but then what happens to the skin underneath your makeup? The cleanser was so busy fighting through products on your face (some of which, like foundation, might be harder to remove) that it couldn’t really do its job on your skin. Face wash is NOT makeup remover.
I know some of you might think “Ok, I’ll just wash twice. No big deal.” Wrong – washing your face twice can result in stripping your skin of its natural oils, throwing it off balance, and residual dryness. Doesn’t sound awesome, right?
Once I started properly cleansing my face I noticed OUTRAGEOUS benefits almost immediately. I was breaking out less since I was removing pore clogging products and bacteria, my skincare products started working better because they weren’t having to work their way through a hidden layer of makeup, and the overall quality of my skin was much better.
Removing your makeup and cleansing your face breaks down into three simple steps: Eyes, Face, Regular Cleanse.
Using an eye makeup remover (I’ve been using the Almay Longwear & Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover pads for almost 10 years!) to gently remove eye makeup. I personally always reach for a waterproof makeup remover even though I rarely wear waterproof makeup because the oils help to break down makeup quicker and it results in an easier removal. Place a pad on your closed eye for a few seconds then gently swipe the pad down towards your cheeks to remove your eye makeup. Don’t rub or tug too hard – the skin around your eye is very fragile! If you have residual makeup left along your lash line take a q-tip and run it anywhere that you need to clean up.
After removing your eye makeup move start removing the makeup on your face. I fell in love with the Dermalogica PreCleanse oil last year and will never use anything else on my face. I work a small bit of the oil into my dry skin (this is key), let it sit for a few seconds and then I work it into my face with wet hands. The oil in this cleanser works with water to turn into a milky emulsion and rinses away clean without any leftover oily residue. You can also use face wash specifically designed to remove makeup like this one by Neutrogena or this one by Clinique (but make sure to follow up with a regular cleanser! This is not an all in one product). In a pinch you can also use makeup removing wipes (I like these by Aveeno) but honestly I only use wipes in a pinch since they tend to be harsh on the skin.
You can also use coconut oil or olive oil! The oil will break down your makeup and help deep cleanse your face. For a less oily removal you can also use micellar cleansing water like this one from NARS or this one by Sephora.
Yay! You’ve successfully removed your makeup correctly. That wasn’t too hard, was it?
What happens next is up to you. I follow up my makeup removal routine with my regular cleanser (Rodan + Fields Unblemish Step 1) and leave it on while I brush my teeth so the active ingredients can do work on my face. If you’re using a cleanser that has active ingredients meant to treat your skin (such as an acne wash, anti-aging cleanser, etc) leave it on your skin for a bit! Most facial cleansers aren’t on the skin long enough to actually do their job if you just put them on and immediately rinse them off. I like to pull double duty by applying my cleanser, brushing my teeth (or hopping in the shower), and then rinsing it off when I’m done. That way I’m not taking any additional time but my skin is benefiting more than it would have otherwise.
How do you like to remove your makeup? Which products are your favorites? Comment below and let me know!
Until next time 🙂