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What goes up must come down—and what goes on must come off. Of course, we’re talking about makeup here—the products you apply in the morning need to be removed at night. That’s because sleeping in your makeup is a definite skin care faux pas. When you snooze in your makeup, it can mix with the dirt and oils on the surface of your skin, which can lead to clogged pores—and clogged pores can lead to breakouts. And we have a feeling you’re not a fan of those, right? The thing is, not all makeup removers are created equally—some are more useful for removing certain types of makeup than others. That’s why we’re sharing how to remove everything from waterproof mascaras to long-wearing lippies—the right way. Keep reading to learn about different makeup removal methods and how to use remove all kinds of makeup.
When it comes to removing makeup, face products like foundation and concealer are often easier to take off than others. To cleanse—the easy way—pick a no-rinse option like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Makeup Removing Towelettes. These ultra-soft wipes gently yet effectively remove all traces of makeup, in addition to helping to dissolve dirt and oil without drying out your skin. Removing your face makeup is as simple as keeping the wipes by your bed for a final freshening before you sleep.
If your favorite product for perfecting your pout is a quick swipe of gloss, all you likely need for removal is a damp washcloth. For those who prefer pigmented lipsticks and stains, a bit more work may be required. The key to removing lipsticks and lip stains is finding a makeup remover that can be used on your lips. Micellar water can be a good option. Micellar water is powered by tiny micelles (oil molecules) that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from the skin. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin hydrates and soothes and can be used on face, lips, and eyes. Just saturate a cotton pad with the micellar water and wipe the pad across your face.
When you’re done rocking your winged eyeliner or your smoky eye at the end of the day, saturate a cotton ball or pad with the L’Oréal Paris Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover. Sweep the ball or pad over your closed eyelid and lashes until all makeup is removed. The oil-free formula conditions and refreshes the delicate eye area as it cleans, without leaving behind a greasy residue.
Waterproof and long-wear makeup formulas can be a lifesaver during the summer—or alternatively if you’re planning a good cry sesh—but they can also be tough to remove. The L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types is a no-rinse cleansing option that cleans dirt and impurities, intensely purifies, and removes makeup—even waterproof. It’s suitable for all skin types and can be used on your face, eyes, and lips, making it a great option to help remove waterproof mascara or long-wear liquid lipstick. (Read our guide to applying and removing liquid lipstick.) There’s no rinsing or harsh rubbing necessary when you use a micellar water—just wipe a soaked cotton pad across your eyes and lips to help remove your makeup.
No matter how solid your makeup remover choices are, sometimes you’ll notice there’s something left behind. If you find that that’s the case, try double cleansing, which involves first using a no-rinse cleansing option like micellar water then following up with a rinse-off cleanser, like the L’Oréal Paris Ideal Clean™ All Skin Types Foaming Gel Cleanser. A second cleanse can help remove remaining impurities—such as makeup—from the surface of your skin.
The makeup removing fun doesn’t stop here. Check out our article, 6 Makeup Remover Hacks That Are Perfect for Lazy Girls for a few more easy tips.