The only thing better than putting on makeup is taking it off! As much as I love makeup, I love having a bare face more; nothing beats leaving the house with just sunscreen or a little bb cream. So, when it’s finally time to take everything off, I definitely have my go-to products.
Because I love going makeup-free so often, I’ve tried quite a few different makeup removers over the years. I know what my favorites are, and I’ve discovered that I tend to favor water-based products over their oil- or silicone-based counterparts.
Whether you regularly rock a full face of makeup, or you prefer a more natural look like I do, there’s something on my shortlist for every need.
Milky Jelly Cleanser by Glossier: With my normal-to-oily skin, this cleanser is a little too gentle for my liking; I prefer something a bit stronger. But, MJC doubles as a makeup remover when applied to dry skin.
Because it is so gentle, it melts down makeup–even eye makeup–without any stinging or irritation. I love using this on dry skin first, to remove makeup, then following up with my go-to cleanser for a complete clean.
Like I mentioned, MJC is super gentle. It is formulated with a mild cleanser, similar to the one used in contact solution. Glossier also replaced 1/4 the formula’s water with rosewater, a popular soothing agent. $18, Glossier
Sensibio H2O Wipes by Bioderma: I’ve tried so many different makeup remover wipes, and these are at the very top of my list! Not only are they super saturated, they are full of Bioderma’s cult-favorite micellar solution.
Micelles act like magnets, pulling dirt, grime and other impurities from the pores, including makeup. I always keep these guys in my medicine cabinet at home, but they’re great for traveling, too! This is because, with their micellar power, they simultaneously remove makeup *and* cleanse the skin.
Bioderma’s cult-favorite micelle solution is also something I love to have on-hand because it’s great as a “second cleanse”. “Double cleansing” is popular throughout the beauty community, and personally, I’m a huge fan.
After removing makeup then cleansing with something soapy, I love going in with a micellar water like Bioderma’s; it helps pick-up any dirt and makeup the first left behind for completely clean skin. $9.90, Beautylish
Lash Nourishing Makeup Remover Pads by Pixi: As much as I love the mess-free ease of makeup remover wipes, many of them are way too harsh on my eyes and even cause lashes to fall out. So, I was so pleasantly surprised to discover these Lash Nourishing pads by Pixi while browsing at Target.
They’re specifically designed to remove makeup from the eye area, so not only are they super gentle, but they’re loaded with castor oil, which is known to strengthen hair, including the eyelashes. Plus, you get a ton of bang for your buck; a jar of 80 pads costs $10! (They’re double-sided, so one pad typically works for both eyes.)
Unlike coconut oil, castor oil is extremely thick and messy to work with, so finding the time to include it in my daily beauty routine has been nearly impossible. Thankfully, these makeup remover pads make it a breeze, and using castor oil on your lashes becomes a task as mindless as taking your makeup off! $10, Target
Coconut oil: Coconut oil, loved by so many for its countless purposes, works as a makeup remover–and it’s great for stubborn products, especially waterproof mascara. It also deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin around the eye area. And a little really goes a long way!
I *always* have a jar of coconut oil in my medicine cabinet because I love using it as a weekly hair mask, but it definitely comes in handy for those occasional intense eye looks that typical makeup removers just can’t clean up on their own. Prices vary, available at grocers