My Top 5 Makeup Removing Methods

I love dressing up, going out and having fun but I absolutely dread coming home and having to remove my stubborn eyeliner and mascara – and I’m sure just like me, you feel exactly the same way.

So when it comes to removing makeup, I always choose the method that would remove every smidgen of eyeliner and mascara without much effort and which is also safe and doesn’t require a cleanser afterwards – which would be a cleansing balm but I’ll tell you more about that just now.


I’ve listed the 5 makeup removing methods in order of my most favourite to least favourite, along with explanations as to why this is so – so let’s begin!

1. Oil-based Cleansing Balm
I use my Bee Naturals Oil-based Cleansing Balm, every single day, morning and evening, come hell or high water. I love the fact that it removes every bit of makeup, whilst moisturizing and cleansing my skin.

All I do is wet two cotton pads, place a few drops of the product on one pad and wipe it all over my face, lips and eyes (if I’m wearing eyeshadow and waterproof mascara/eyeliner I might use another cotton pad solely for my eye makeup) and finish off my by wiping and cleaning up the skin with the other cotton pad.
It literally takes less than 2 minutes to do and melts all the makeup away so it basically does all the hard work for you. I rinse my face after I’ve cleansed, but you don’t even need to do that – you can just moisturize and head straight to bed!

2. Oil-Cleansing Method
Whether it’s coconut oil or olive oil, the oil-cleansing method is also quite effective as the method mentioned above. However, if you have sensitive or acne prone skin, it may be wise to opt for the cleansing balm method instead of this method – due to the coconut/olive oil being concentrated it can tend to block pores and cause havoc on your skin.

You would use the coconut/olive oil in the same method, as the cleansing balm, to cleanse your face i.e using the cotton pads. You could skip the cotton pads all together and opt to rub it in with your fingers but that really isn’t hygienic.

3. Micellar Water/Lotion
Bioderma, Avene and many other skincare brands have introduced Micellar waters/lotions to their product ranges. Once again you use it with a cotton pad, like the cleansing balm, to remove makeup and it doesn’t require you to rinse your face either. It removes makeup effectively however isn’t really for me. I find that my skin tingles after using it and I always seems to breakout the next day after using it – so you may want to try some out before you commit to buying a bottle for yourself.

4. Liquid Makeup Removers
Liquid makeup removers are quite similar to Micellar waters expect for the fact that more often than not makeup removers are produced by actual makeup brands and are usually not as gentle on skin as Micellar waters should be.

Personally, I feel that, more often than not, liquid makeup removers are overpriced and aren’t really worth it. Even though they do remove makeup quite efficiently as this is their sole purpose, it doesn’t provide any nourishment or moisurization to the skin, which the cleansing balm, oil cleansers and Micellar waters do and that’s why it’s at number 4.

5. Makeup Removing Wipes
The only time I use makeup removing wipes is when I’m really, really desperate and none of the 4 methods listed above is available to me.

I cringe every time I see someone pick up a pack of these wipes – it’s just so terrible for your skin.
Not only does it not remove all makeup but it’s very, very harsh on your skin – particularly the delicate eye area, which you will find you have to continuously rub with a wipe to remove eyeliner and mascara. There is nothing effortless or beneficial about wipes – trust me, wipes should always be your last resort.


4 thoughts on “My Top 5 Makeup Removing Methods

  1. Ceece's Travel says:

    I am REALLY in love with my African Extracts, Cleaner and Toner.
    It’s really been so great for my skin, and also takes off any excess make up left behind after a long day.

    At first I broke out horribly, but I stuck with it and have never been so happy that I did.
    I tried some cleansing wipes the other day from another brand, which set my skin on fire. I have no idea why but first my skin was refreshed as the pack says they’re meant to do, then as it dried it started stinging and the itching. I thought it make be a reaction to my make up or to another toner, so I waited a few days, then bare faced used them again, same thing.

    Those were quickly passed down the line to someone else. I am yet to try the other variant of wipes in the same range but with different oils etc and see if that works? I do use a mask from the range the upset me and it seems to be perfectly okay on my skin? Strange?!

    However I do agree with you, I stick to my cream based cleanser and light toner from African Extracts now over using wipes and would also suggest people dont live on wives. Both my sister and I were ballet dancers, I for 10 years and her for even more. And wipes would always be thrown around at practice and after concert nights, they’re meant for heavy duty situations like that, not every day cleansing and can be incredibly damaging to your skin long term 😦

    Awesome post love! Keep it rocking!

    • Raeesa says:

      It really is all about trial and error when it comes to finding a makeup remover that works for you, right?
      I’ve never tried out the African Extracts one, but if I ever stop loving my Bee Natural Cleansing Balm, I’ll be sure to try it out 😉

      And OMG! The same thing happened to me when I used the wipes! I tried out 2 brands and both did the same – made my skin feel super clean and then it burned horribly and felt terrible. And the worst part was, that it was formulated for senstive skin, so I couldn’t understand why it was SO harsh.
      I even tried out the TLC range from Dischem, which surprisingly did a good job at removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner but failed at removing all of my foundation – hence why I’m not a fan of wipes.

      At least we both can say we’ve found makeup removing methods that work for us 😊

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