As much as we love trying all of the latest makeup shades, layering on too many cosmetics can wreak havoc on your pores. Cleansing is super important to remove dirt and oil but what about removing your eye and lip colors? With all of the long-lasting make-up out there these days, that can be easier said than done. We’ve tested the best makeup removers to take off even the blackest waterproof mascara. Supplement your usual cleanser with the right make-up remover for your needs and prepare to go bare — your skin, that is!
Andrea EyeQ’s Eye Make-Up Remover Pads, Oil Free, $4.59
This classic is super easy to use and doesn’t leave your eye area feeling greasy. These pads are also great for fixing makeup mishaps before you head out the door.
Shu Uemura Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil by Mamechiyo, $67
Instead of a soap or cleanser, a gentle cleansing oil removes makeup while maintaining skin’s natural moisture level. And don’t let the word oil scare you…it’s actually formulated with acne-prone skin in mind.
Lancome BI-FACIL – Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover, $27
Lancome’s formula is ophthalmologist tested and ideal for contact lens users or those with sensitive eyes. Be sure to give the bottle a shake before applying with a cotton ball or pad.
Nars Make-up Removing Water, $28
Nars is known for their highly pigmented cosmetics so it’s no wonder their makeup remover really does the trick. It doubles as a toner, so you can use this product all over your face.
Pond’s Original Fresh Wet Cleansing Towelettes, $5.99
Simplify your makeup removal with convenient, pre-moistened wipes. These are perfect for a lazy late night…just keep them next to your bed! These will even take off red lips.
Neutrogena Hydrating Eye Makeup Remover Lotion, $7.99
If you find taking off your makeup often leaves your delicate eye area dry, try Neutrogena’s unique lotion formula, which hydrates with aloe and cucumber as it removes your smoky or cat eye look.
One of my favorite new products I’ve been using daily is an anti-aging cleanser/make-up remover by StriVectin. It’s non-drying, great for sensitive skin, and takes off all of my mascara without scrubbing. What also separates this cleanser from others is that it contains NIA-114, which preserves the skin’s protective barrier. I love how it leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean, never tight! I am also a big fan of their sunscreens so it’s no surprise that their Replenishing Cleanser has become one of my go-to products of choice these days.
Laziness is my area of expertise. That is why when it’s time to wash my face before I go to bed, I tend to skip the process altogether. But my skin is starting to put up a fight. My newly discovered solution/best friend? Bioré Makeup Removing Towelettes. Cleaning my face before I hit the sheets has never been so easy! It even gets rid of that stubborn mascara that usually ends up smeared all over my white pillowcase. Goodbye raccoon eyes, hello fresh face in the morning! –Kimberly Hedmark