You might be tempted to postpone removing your makeup before going to bed at the end of a long, hard day, or on weekend nights when you return home late from a party.
Leaving makeup on overnight can dry out and damage your lashes, clog your pores, and create breakouts. Follow this simple make-up removal technique in just a few minutes and wake up with glowing, healthy skin.
Method 1 of 3: Removing Eye Makeup
1. Use an eye makeup remover to saturate a cotton pad.
Most eye makeup can be removed with a dual phase eye makeup remover. It blends the abrasiveness of an oil-based remover with the mild, soothing characteristics of cleansing water. This is a fantastic alternative for thick eye makeup; however, the formula tends to split, so shake the bottle completely before use.
A. Wear an oil-based cleanser if you use waterproof mascara and liner, or if your eye makeup is particularly tenacious. It will dissolve waterproof makeup, eliminating the need to scrub or pull your skin or lashes.
B. Cleansing water is good for exceptionally sensitive skin and should remove light makeup and liquid liner easily.
2. Gently press the cotton pad against your closed eye for approximately 20 seconds.
Do not touch your eyes; instead, keep the pad in place and let the make-up remover dissolve your makeup. This will make it easier to remove your makeup with as little rubbing as possible.
3. Gently wipe away makeup with a downward motion.
Rubbing the delicate skin around your eyes too hard can cause wrinkles and fine lines. Use mild pressure and several strokes.
A. Place your free hand's fingertips against your brow and gently pull up as your other hand sweeps down. This will keep you from yanking on the skin surrounding your eyes too forcefully.
4. Flip the cotton pad over and wipe your eye with the clean side in an upward motion.
You'll be able to clean below your lashes as well.
A. If you still have stubborn mascara on your lashes, try brushing them with a clean mascara wand.
Method 2 of 3: Removing Foundation and Blush
1. On dry skin, apply a quarter-size amount of your daily cleanser.
Massage the area in a circular motion. Spread the cleanser all over your face, including your hairline, using your fingers. It should take roughly 45 seconds to complete this task.
A. Use a ponytail, headband, or bobby pins to draw your hair back away from your face.
B. Before washing your face, remove any long-lasting or liquid makeup.
C. Choose a makeup-removing washing oil or water, or go for a more natural option like coconut oil. Look for formulations that are water soluble and will rinse cleanly.
D. Try a makeup remover wipe if your skin is oily or prone to breakouts and isn't too sensitive to friction. While removing makeup, this will gently exfoliate your skin.
E. Baby wipes, which are designed to clean a baby's skin rather than interact with and remove makeup, should not be used.
2. Wipe your face with a moist facial sponge, washcloth, or cotton ball.
You should be able to see the majority of your foundation and blush on the washcloth.
A. Ensure that your hairline, under your chin, and around your ears are all covered.
3. If you're having trouble removing leftover makeup, try using cold cream.
Apply a thick coating of cold cream to your face and let it sit for a few minutes if you're breaking out along your hairline or if you wear a lot of makeup (if you're a cheerleader or actor, you definitely have to wear a lot of makeup when performing).
A. Using a warm washcloth, wipe the cold cream off your face, and the stubborn makeup should come off with it.
Method 3 of 3: Removing Lip color
1. Apply a thick layer of petroleum jelly to your lips with your finger.
You can really slather it on because it will not only help you remove the lipstick in one go, but it will also hydrate your lips.
A. Don't waste your money on a high-priced moisturizer for this. Because you'll be using a lot of product and removing it practically immediately, a drugstore brand is ideal.
B. You can also try substituting olive or coconut oil for petroleum jelly, but applying it on your lips can be a bit messy.
2. Allow the petroleum jelly to work for about five minutes.
The petroleum jelly's oil dissolves the oil in your lip color, which is why it works so well. It draws the oil from your lips rather than resisting it as water would.
3. For a few seconds, press a cotton pad against your lips.
Wipe your lips in a small, circular motion, but don't move the pad too much because you don't want the jelly to get all over your face.
4. Wipe the petroleum jelly (and lipstick) off your lips with the cotton pad. On the pad, most, if not all, of the lipstick should come off.
A. If required, repeat. If there's still residual lipstick on your lips, don't rub them raw in an attempt to remove it. Lips might chap if you are overly rough with them.
5. Moisturize and exfoliate your lips.
Any leftover color tint or flakes will be removed by exfoliating. Moisturizing your lips will keep them soft and healthy, allowing you to wake up with a lipstick-ready pout.
A. You can buff your lips with a lip exfoliator, a clean, wet tooth brush, or a mixture of brown sugar and honey.
B. Exfoliate your lips with gentle circular strokes. Again, don't be too harsh or you'll wind up with sore, chapped lips.
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