Four Easy Steps to Remove Eye Makeup
After a night out, I come home and wash my face, but I am always too tired to make sure all of my eye makeup comes off. If only there was an easier way than standing there for 5 minutes making sure all of the mascara and eye liner is off so you don’t have to worry about waking up with an eye infection.
Well, there isn’t a magic button you can press to remove all of your eye makeup, but I have found a regimen that works well and is very easy. I had to learn a lot of things about how to wash the delicate eye area. Here it is so that you don’t make the same mistakes:
Don’t use tissues or a washcloth to wipe your eyes because it will irritate them and make your skin sting. You might think that the harder you rub, the more eye makeup comes off, but rubbing hard will dry the skin out around your eyes and also doesn’t help prevent wrinkles from forming around your eyes.
I used to use an expensive eye makeup remover and a washcloth. I would rub my eyes so hard that they would turn red, and all of my eyelashes would practically be gone. I would get frustrated and just give up, falling asleep with my eye makeup on and hope that somehow my pillowcase got the rest.
Now, I wash my face with facial cleanser as the first step. Then I tone with a cotton ball and toner. Depending on which toner you use, its glides on smoothly so you can use it around your eyes and some eye makeup will come off. The goal is to take off as much as you can, so your eye makeup remover doesn’t have to work as hard.
After I tone, I apply my nightly moisturizer. You will see some residue left by your toner under your eyes, but it is very loose and comes off easily now. The moisturizer makes your eye makeup even easier to clean off. Finally, apply your eye-makeup remover with a very soft cloth. Put the makeup remover on the cloth then swipe. I use The Original MakeUp Eraser makeup remover cloth. It is easy to keep clean and to carry in your makeup bag. Just apply warm water to the cloth before using it and then you can apply your eye cleanser after that.
For eye-makeup remover, I use Triple Action Cleansing Water from the Sephora Collection. It works much better on my skin then any oil-free eye makeup remover. It is soap-free and has little beads that capture dirt and dissolve it.
Take any steps from this process and do what works for you, but always remember to wash your eyes with your eye-makeup remover at the very end of your face washing regimen and to also wipe it off with a very soft cloth so as not to irritate your delicate eye area.
Born and raised in the DMV, Emma Blancovich has a big appreciation for discovering things to do around town, such as new restaurants to try and supporting the local music scene by attending live shows. During the week she is an editor for trade associations, but on the weekends you can find her hiking up trails with the latest fitness gadgets then getting ready for a night out using the latest beauty and health products.