Sep 12, 2012

5 Easy Steps to A Clean Face: My Makeup Removal Routine

While putting on makeup and stepping out of the house is all fun, I am definitely a lot less enthusiastic when it comes to taking off makeup.  With my acne-prone skin, though, letting makeup (and grime) sit on my face isn't something I can get away with too often.  Letting makeup and color pigments stay on the skin is also one of the fastest ways to skin aging!  Over time, I have streamlined my makeup removal to a few easy steps that are easy to follow and leave a squeaky clean face without too much fuss.

How to Remove Makeup Removal Easy Steps Indian Beauty Blog

For a good basic clean, you really don't need much:  a few cotton rounds and Q-tips and a bottle of your favorite makeup remover is all you need to get started!  While there are a lot of options with pre-soaked makeup remover pads (like these from Almay which are actually pretty good) and gentle biphase removers, olive or coconut oil work just as well at getting makeup off, especially products like waterproof mascara and stubborn foundation.

How to Remove Makeup Removal Easy Steps Indian Beauty Blog
How to Remove Makeup Removal Easy Steps Indian Beauty Blog

Now that you have gathered all the essentials, let's get started:
  • Start with taking off all the eye makeup.  Use a cotton pad soaked in moisturizing/biphase/oil-based makeup remover to get rid of eye makeup easily without tugging or stretching the delicate skin around the eyes.
  • Close your eyes and keep the cotton pad pressed over the eyes for about 30 seconds before gently removing the makeup in an easy swiping motion.  I use a tissue to dab off any residual makeup remover from my skin so I don't get an oily film in my eye.
  • Use Q-tips (cotton buds) dipped in makeup remover to remove eye makeup along the lash line.
  • Next, remove traces of any lipstick from the lips followed by a gentle lip scrub for softer lips.  You can use a lip scrub but an old/soft toothbrush works just as well.
  • For the face, use an oil like olive or coconut oil (or any other cleansing oil) to dissolve and remove all traces of foundation and sunscreen.  Dry skin types can probably get away with just a cleansing oil or a cream cleanser, but oily skin types like mine need to follow this with a foaming face wash to remove any oily residue and leave the skin clean.
Slather on your moisturizer, get a good night's sleep, and wake up to clean, healthy skin.  Getting a squeaky clean face is as easy as that!  Of course, you can always take off makeup with a makeup wipe and a face wash, but I just find this routine more thorough without taking up too much time.

Do share your makeup removal routine - your favorite cleanser or just a simple tip to get the stubborn eyeliner off - would love to know your secret!

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14 comments:

  1. hey i used olive oil in the past but then since i hav oily skin, this oil seemed to create acne near the nose n under eye area..:(..i use maybelline makeup remover for now n its working..i use tbs wala cotton rounds n q-tips..nice post rads

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    1. Oh..I haven't had issues with it, but I am just used to coconut oil so reach for that more often. I lovvvvvvvvvvvvvve TBS rounds....stock up on them at sales :D

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  2. nice post :)
    i love the maybelline eye n lip makeup remover .. its great !

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    1. I have that...misplaced it while moving houses..should search it out!

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  3. u luk so damn lvly Rads :).....i lk ur complexion so mch

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  4. I do not like to use bi-phase removers so I use the Fab India Lavender Cleansing milk, slather a generous amount on my face, let it sit for a min and then wipe off with a damp cotton swab..And then use a foaming facial cleanser to remove any residues, follow up with my regular moisturizer/night cream :)

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    1. Somehow cleansing milks never suit me...I haven't used them in a long long time! I don't know if its because I didn't use properly or something :( I love the creamy feel of those...

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    2. You know, the Fab India Lavender Cleansing milk is really lightweight, unlike those thick creamy ones like Himalaya or Lakme, which always broke me out. I also have combination to normal skin and not all makeup products suit me so I tend to stick to those that work for me. The FabIndia Lavender cleansing milk is one of those products! :)

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    3. Yaaa I meant those thick sticky ones only!!!!!!!!!! Lakme somehow I am tolerant of..a lot of parlors use it na so I guess I just got used to it, but the Himalaya one tho babaaaaaa so thick and odd!

      I haven't tried the Fabindia products at all..every time I go there I end up buying clothes and or jewellery :D :D My friend LOVES the Lavender spray/mist they sell.

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  5. I love your photographs. they are superb!

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