My 4 Favorite Ways to Remove Makeup

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To the non-makeup enthusiasts, washing your face with soap is probably enough. Valid point because what is there to remove anyway. But to us who breathe makeups? hmmm… let me count the ways.

Imagine this typical scenario. I come home from work, relax a bit, devour dinner, relax a bit, go up to my makeup/office room, remove jewelries, open dresser level 1. Tiny voices compete for my attention “pick me, pick me”. Ini mini miny moe.

Insane in the membrane. Of course there are no tiny voices but you get what I mean, a beauty junkie has more than a dozen ways to remove all that lovely gunk. I narrowed it down to my favorite four so in no particular order, here they are:

(1) Makeup wipes. I don’t deny the fact that I hoard wipes. Why not, they’re convenient and fool-proof. Right now, I alternate The Face Shop, The Body Shop Vitamin E, Ponds, Burt’s Bee’s, and Neutrogena. 

(2) Cleansing water or micellar. It’s made for nights you are way too lazy or pretty tired to wash your face. Micellar is a no-rinse, soap free cleanser made from micelles (fatty acid esters that are tolerated even by the most sensitive skin). My current go-to is Caudalie, it smells fresh and clean. It takes two cotton pads to completely remove my makeup. 

(3) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. Yes it’s a cleanser but I also use it to remove makeup. It’s a great multi-tasker, try it!

(4) Cleansing Oil. The mere mention of oil gives me goose bumps in an icky kind of way. Oil for oily skin, sounds like a recipe for disaster ha? Nope! Long before the hype on micellar first came about, I have been using cleansing oil on and off. My all-time fave happens to be Shu Uemura, it dissolves the heaviest of makeup like magic. Effortless is an understatement! 

Now my face is oh so ready for the ultimate cleansing, toning and moisturizing!

What are your favorite ways to remove makeup?




  1. March 20, 2014 / 6:10 am

    Cetaphil is great!

  2. March 20, 2014 / 6:23 am

    I love my wipes! My friend gave me some from Simple, and it's become my fave. I also love my cheapie Big Lots Epielle wipes. I have the Julep cleansing oil, and I like it a lot. Makes me want to try the famous DHC one. I've never heard of the micelle one.

    • March 21, 2014 / 7:44 am

      You should try micellar Nidia, I think you'll enjoy its skincare benefits too

  3. March 20, 2014 / 6:39 am

    I often reach for a makeup removing wipe, but when I'm feeling a little less lazy I really like using The Body Shop's chamomile cleansing butter!

  4. March 20, 2014 / 12:42 pm

    I've heard Cetaphil is awesome!

  5. March 20, 2014 / 12:51 pm

    My absolute favorite makeup remover is the Clinique Take the Day Off Balm. I could never go back to makeup wipes now that I have something that gets my clean feeling so clean!!

  6. March 20, 2014 / 2:20 pm

    I agree with all your picks!

  7. March 20, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    I have finally figured out my makeup removing routine! I love the La Fresh Oil-Free cleansing wipes. It removes the amount of makeup I have for my day-to-day work face. After that, it's LUSH Ocean Salt, toner, and my regular Olay Hydrating face cream.

  8. March 20, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    I use MAC Gently Off to take off my eye makeup and then I usually cleanse with Murad Clarifying unless I'm testing something else. I usually use a wipe as well if my makeup was heavy that day just to be sure I got it all. Those are also usually Murad but lately I've been using Clearasil!

    • March 21, 2014 / 7:41 am

      Oh I didn't know Clearasil has wipes, I should try that too. When I have zit infestation (what a term), I use Murad clarifying and it works great!

  9. March 20, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    Great options. I need to try Caudalie so bad it sounds amazing

    • March 21, 2014 / 7:39 am

      thanks! bajillion options for all the beauty junkies, haha!

  10. March 20, 2014 / 8:12 pm

    I like wipes and cleansing lotion.

  11. March 20, 2014 / 8:21 pm

    I love cleansing wipes. So handy and easy!

  12. March 20, 2014 / 8:39 pm

    I love cleansing oils! Need to get some acutal makeup wipes, and not just baby wipes!

    • March 21, 2014 / 7:38 am

      If you have The Face Shop in your state, go go go! You'll enjoy their affordable skincare products

  13. March 20, 2014 / 11:05 pm

    I use a combination of wipes, oil and lotion 🙂 Fab picks!

  14. March 21, 2014 / 7:17 am

    I love your post ! I need to expand on trying different techniques

  15. March 23, 2014 / 12:33 am

    I use coconut oil for taking off makeup but I love these ideas. Great post!

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