A Step-By-Step Guide To Removing Your Makeup (Without Removing Your Eyelashes)

February 5, 2016 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

As much as we love experimenting with newest makeup trends, there is one downside: taking it off! Who hasn’t tried to completely remove mascara in fear of also taking every last eyelash off, too?

After trying one too many “makeup removing” products that simply didn’t get the job done, we went to an expert for the best way to properly wash off cosmetics without doing more harm than good. Makeup artist and founder of Susan Posnick Cosmetics, Susan Posnick is here to provide a step-by-step guide to properly removing your makeup at night.

Step 1: Start by removing your eye makeup. “My favorite product for removing eye makeup is Bioderma soap-free makeup remover, as it is gentle on the eyes, PH-balanced and non-oily,” Posnick says. “When removing mascara, I recommend wetting a cotton pad with Bioderma and applying it directly to the eyes. Always work down first to get the majority of it off your lashes without pulling them. Use a new cotton pad soaked in water to wipe everything away.”

Another super-affordable option? Follow Posnick’s step using a cotton pad or Q-Tip and Johnson’s Baby Oil. From past experience, I urge you to remove your contact lenses before this step.

Step 2: Remove your face makeup. “Bioderma can also be used on the face, but my go-to facial cleansers for my sensitive skin are: Naturopathica Aloe Cleansing Gel and Andalou Naturals Roses Cleansing Foam,” Posnick says. “I am partial to using natural, foaming cleansers as they make my skin feel clean without stripping it of its natural oils.”

As for your technique, Posnick says to start by dampening the skin, then applying your cleanser. To remove the cleanser, Posnick recommends a deep-cleansing and exfoliating device like FOREO, which fits in the palm of your hand, has no heads to clean or change out and can hold a charge for up to 300 uses. The Clarisonic Mia Fit is another great compact option.

Step 3: Follow up your cleansing routine with a non-alcoholic toner to ensure every trace of makeup has been zapped away. Simply apply toner to a cotton pad and swipe along your forehead, cheeks, chin and neck.

Step 4: Don’t forget to moisturize! Apply your favorite serums, oils or a Retin-A or retinol cream, followed by a hydrating night cream and eye cream.

And voila, you’re done!

For more beauty tips and news, check out How to remove stubborn eyeliner in 3 simple steps and The best eye makeup remover if you have really sensitive skin.

[Photo: Honey & Silk]


Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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