When it comes to our skin, we go above and beyond to treat it well. From exfoliating to cleansing and moisturizing, our pre-makeup routines are filled with ways to love our skin. But then, at the end of the day, we rub everything off hastily, wash our faces and hit the hay.
If you're waking up with eyeliner still caked to your tear ducts or mascara clumping underneath your lashes, then you're not giving your lids the due love your face gets every morning. Wiping off your makeup is as much of an art as putting it on.
Let's be honest, you're probably rubbing your eyes (and rubbing them pretty hard) when you try to get your makeup off at the end of the day. Even if you're washing with a cleanser, you may be scrubbing your makeup off more vigorously than you think. But this will not only irritate your eyes - and pull some of your lashes out - it will contribute to wrinkles in the future.
But with the right formula and the right technique, you can minimize rubbing (and future wrinkles) getting your makeup off with ease!
1. When Your Makeup Is Waterproof
Instead of scrubbing your eyes until they turn red and losing some precious lashes, try an oil-based remover to break through stubborn waterproof makeup. To get your mascara or liner off with little hassle, apply the oil on top of a cotton pad and place the pad over your eye for a minute or so. This is the key; instead of just wiping makeup off right away, this step helps break down the makeup before you go to remove it, keeping the rubbing to a minimum. Birchbox also suggests that rubbing the oil in with your fingertips in circular motions can help break the makeup apart, as well.
Once the makeup is ready to come off, use your cotton pad and gently wipe downward to get the excess off. The keyword being gently because, like we said, your lids are super sensitive. Pop Sugar also suggests using your favorite moisturizer if you're not an oil kind of girl.
2. When You're Rocking Your Daytime Look
If your look is a little simpler, and you're not wearing too much shadow or liner, try using a cleansing water. Cleansing water is great because it's extra gentle for sensitive eyes prone to irritation and will not add more oil to acne-prone skin.
Apply a generous amount to a cotton pad and wipe it gently from the corner of your eye moving outward. Repeat this motion until all of your makeup has come off, and your eyes will thank you!
3. When You Got That Drama Going on
Heavy makeup needs a little extra TLC, which is where a dual phase remover comes in. Dual phase removers combine both cleansing water and oil to break through thick layers of liner and shadow without irritation.
Like with an oil remover, saturate an entire cotton pad with this remover, and press it to your eye for a few seconds, allowing the makeup to break up. Then, like with your cleansing water, wipe the makeup off starting from the corner of your eye and working outward.
4. For Those Lazier Moments
Any time you're too tired to wash your face, go for a makeup wipe. But be careful with these, because many contain alcohol or a fragrance, which can be particularly irritating to your eye. With a gentle makeup wipe in hand, pad at your eye lightly to break up some of the makeup, then wipe downward, and then outward to remove the excess.