The existence of makeup is both a blessing + a curse for women. On the one hand, it allows us to be creative, play up our features, and hide insecurities. On the other hand, we’ve evolved into a society where makeup is almost required in professional + some personal settings in order to seem polished or like you even give a damn. Societal pressures aside, I personally enjoy wearing makeup. Makeup is fun to put on, but a huge pain to take off. It’s hard to know what the best makeup remover is.
The short answer to that question is “Whatever works for you!” We all wear different types of makeup with different consistencies + have different skin. This plays a role in how difficult your makeup is to remove + what if any damage you need to treat once it is off. I’ve laid out some of the most common ways to remove makeup so you can try them + pick the one that works for you.
The Best Makeup Remover
I think every makeup-wearing girl using wipes to take off her makeup. They were easy, portable, and got the job done. Makeup removing wipes are great because you don’t need anything else. They premoistened + contain the solution needed to take off everything from your foundation to your mascara. Unlike some cleansers, they are gentle on your eyes so you don’t have to rub too hard. While they leave your skin fresh, wipes make me feel a bit sticky or greasy. These are the ones I use when I opt for a wipe.
Since graduating from wipes, I’ve been using Micellar Water to take my makeup off at night. Like wipes, they don’t require any access to water + they’re gentle on your eyes. My skin feels so refreshed after using micellar water I feel like I can move to the next steps of my routine. Some micellar waters even have a bit of toner in them to help seal your pores. This is the micellar water I use every day.
The newest trend in makeup removal is reusable towels. These are great because you save money by no longer buying wipes or cotton pads which is also better for the environment. These can be tossed in the washing machine once a week + they’ll last for years. Rachel Hollis Insta Storied using coconut oil + a towel to remove her makeup. She claims this is the best makeup remover so I’m going to have to at least try it. I picked up these towels from Target + have this coconut oil. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Similar to what Rachel does, cleansing oils are another great way to remove makeup. Oils act as a magnet to attract the makeup + any grime. Oils dissolve the oil produced by your skin while leaving it moisturized. Many oils contain minerals + antioxidants like vitamin E to help nourish your skin. I’d give this one a try.
The most tried + true way to remove makeup is cold cream. I can remember my grandmother’s always having this on their bathroom counter. This works similar to cleansing oils as cold cream is the emulsion of oil in water. This method can leave your skin a bit greasy but is awesome if you have dry skin. Ponds is the classic brand.
Any of these methods could be your “best makeup remover.” No matter which option you choose, don’t forget that your skin needs a little TLC. Slap on a face mask every now + then! And, at a minimum, follow these skincare rules. How do you remove your makeup? Comment below or tell me over on Instagram.