How to Remove Makeup

Makeup, dirt, and oil from the day can clog pores.  When your pores get clogged, bacteria multiplies, and you'll wake up with a zit.

Never, ever, ever sleep in your makeup.  Ever.  Not even when you're exhausted.  It's just not worth it.

Whether you wear full makeup every day or just a hint of powder and some mascara, learn how to remove makeup.

Baby Wipes

A lot of women like to use baby wipes because they are convenient and inexpensive, but they aren't the best thing to use.  The alcohol can dry out your skin, and the fragrance can irritate your skin.  If you really like the convenience of a wipe, use one made just for your face like these from Neutrogena.

 DIY Makeup Remover

A few weeks ago, I featured a wonderful DIY makeup remover recipe.  This uses cotton pads, so it's like making your own wipes.  It's easy to make, and it works great!

Natural Makeup Remover Mask

Once a week or when you have a lot of makeup on, try this easy DIY makeup remover.  Just put a tablespoon honey on a damp washcloth and sprinkle a little baking soda on top.  Gently scrub your face and rinse.  The baking soda exfoliates your skin while it dissolves makeup and oil.  The honey soothes your skin and keeps it hydrated.

Olive Oil

Oil dissolves oil, so use a cotton pad moistened with olive oil to take off the day's dirt and makeup.  This will leave your skin feeling soft, so there's no need to moisturize.  This is called the oil cleansing method for how to remove makeup.


Need to remove stubborn eye makeup?  Wet a cotton ball with milk and use to gently remove mascara, eye liner, and eye shadow.  This will leave your skin very soft!

Face Wash

Some women just use their regular face wash to take off makeup.  If you use a light foundation and no mascara or eye liner, this will work.  For best results, massage the face soap and let it sit for 15 to 30 seconds before rinsing

Now that you know how to remove makeup with these six easy methods, there is no excuse to sleep in your makeup!

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