The Right Way to Remove Eye Makeup
We get it. Applying your winged eyeliner, volumizing mascara, and sparkly shadow is way more fun than removing it all at the end of the night. Alas, it’s got to be done since sleeping with makeup on is a big skin care no-no. Another skin care gaffe? Removing your eye makeup incorrectly. Since the skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face, it’s important to follow proper protocol and not risk irritation, puffiness, or worse, wrinkling and sagging.
Are you guilty of removing your eye makeup the wrong way (aka with brute force) and—worst of all—sabotaging the look of your skin in the process? Keep reading to find out! Ahead, we’re sharing the best way to sweep off your smoky eye with various types of eye makeup removers!
REMOVER: MICELLAR WATER
Why We Love It: As far as makeup removers go, micellar water is a great option for all skin types thanks to its gentle yet effective technology. Dirt-encapsulating micelles work to naturally lift dirt, oil, makeup, and pollution upon contact without the need to rub and tug at the skin. Since there’s no rinsing involved, micellar water is perfect for use on the go and while traveling.
How to Use: First, shake the solution well. Next, soak a cotton pad with the solution. To remove eye makeup, hold the cotton pad over your closed eye for a few seconds and then gently wipe downward to remove makeup. Voila, you’re done—there’s no need to rinse! Bonus: You can also use micellar water on your face and lips.
Try: Lancôme Bi-Facil
Why We Love It: All types of eye makeup (yes, even waterproof) are gently whisked away with this unique dual-phase technology. The lipid phase lifts off eye makeup, while the water phase refreshes and conditions skin. The result? Eyes that feel cool and clean…without a greasy residue.
How to Use: Shake the bottle to activate the dual-phase formula. Soak a cotton pad with the formula and gently press the pad onto your closed lid. Allow it to sit on your eyelid for a few seconds. Then, lightly swipe from the inner corner outward. Repeat as needed with a fresh pad.
REMOVER: CLEANSING OIL
Why We Love It: Enriched with camellia oil, this formula moisturizes the skin while it gently cleanses impurities and stubborn, long-wear makeup. Vichy’s beloved Mineralizing Thermal Water also makes a cameo—as it does in all of the brand’s products!—for a mineral and antioxidant-rich boost.
How to Use: A little goes a long way with cleansing oil—just about a drop or two is needed for your eye contour area alone. To use, apply 1-2 drops of the formula to a dry contour area using slow, circular motions. Add a few drops of water to your hands and continue to massage the area until the oil becomes a milky texture. Rinse off with water and gently pat your skin dry.
Why We Love It: Behold: The all-in-1 makeup removing power of micellar water in an ultra-gentle wipe. These wipes gently capture and lift away dirt, oil, and makeup like a magnet so that skin is left feeling soft and clean.
How to Use: Hold a towelette over closed eyes for a few seconds, then gently wipe in downward motions without harsh rubbing. Use as many towelettes as needed to clear the area of pigment. No need to rinse!