Listen, we can’t stress how important it is to properly remove your face. A few ladies on the BeautyMNL team remove their makeup the moment they kick off their heels, while others wait until right before bed—but they still do it, by hook or by crook. Whatever your preference, the goal is to get every speck of product out, stringently and on a nightly basis, especially if you put on makeup every day. This keeps residue from accumulating in your pores, which helps you avoid any nasty acne flare-ups. So, let’s dive right into it, shall we?

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR EYE MAKEUP

You’ll need:
Oil-free eye makeup remover
Cotton pads
Optional: Cotton buds

STEP 1: Soak a cotton pad in your oil-free cleanser.

  • Why oil-free? These formulas are more suited to the delicate eye area, which is easily triggered by grease. Try H20 Plus’ Aqualibrium Dual-Action Eye Makeup Remover, formulated with silicone for impressive moisture you can still dab an eye cream over.
  • Pads vs. balls: Flat cotton pads hit more surface area on your eyelid with each swipe than their fluffy cottontail counterparts. Also, they waste less product.

    STEP 2: Close your eyes and place the cotton pad on top of one eyelid. Press it there for half a minute so it can loosen the particles of smudge-free eye shadow and/or waterproof eyeliner.

    STEP 3: Wipe downwards, starting from your browbone and moving to your lashline. To remove waterproof mascara, place the cotton pad underneath your lashes and wipe upwards. Repeat this process on your other eye.

    STEP 4: If you apply your liner very close to the lashline or on the waterline, use a cotton bud to remove the hard-to-reach residue. Saturate the tip of your bud with makeup remover, then use it like an eraser. It can even get between your lashes!

    Tip: To shorten the process, stock up on pre-soaked eye makeup wipes like Almay’s (a cult fave).

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR BASE

You’ll need:
Cleansing lotion or cleansing oil
Alcohol-free toner

STEP 1: Always go for a hypoallergenic formula. We like VMV’s Oil-Free Quick & Complete Makeup Remover because it’s good for all skin types—but if you’re very picky about products (as you should be), our recos are as follows:

  • Oily skin: Dermalogica’s Precleanse
  • Dry skin: RMK’s Moisturizing Cleansing Oil
  • Combination skin: Lioele’s Aroma Washable Cleansing Lotion
  • Sensitive skin: Fresh’s Soy Face Cleanser

    STEP 2: Don’t wet your face just yet. Squeeze out a coin-sized amount of product onto your palm—then, apply it directly to your face, over your makeup layer.

    STEP 3: Moving across your face in circular motions, massage the product into your skin for a minute. Run your fingertips under the tap, then continue massaging. Rinse your face thoroughly with lukewarm water after 30 seconds.

    STEP 4: If you can help it, tone your face to pick up any lingering traces of makeup. Trust us, they’re there. Elizabeth Arden carries one per skin type (click for dry, oily, or combination). Super sensitive? You can’t go wrong with this Neutrogena mainstay.

HOW TO REMOVE YOUR LIPSTICK

You’ll need:
Makeup cleansing wipes
Lip treatment

STEP 1: Start sponging away your lipstick with the corner of your cleansing wipe, moving along the clean perimeter until you have removed all color from your lips. This will give you as much control as possible over the grooves and dips of your mouth. (Just so you know, our columnists love these things: Patty Laurel-Filart swears by Neutrogena’s Makeup Cleansing Towelettes, while Rosanna Aranaz has dubbed Lioele’s Makeup Cleansing Tissue a kikay kit must-have.)

STEP 2: Do a final pass over your lips with the center of your wipe. This helps exfoliate the dead skin and dried pigment that has balled up in the course of your wiping.

STEP 3: Follow immediately with a lip treatment like Vaseline’s Lip Therapy to prevent cracking and dryness.

Et voilà! You’re officially makeup-free, and ready to take on the rest of your skincare regimen (LOL!). #WhoRunTheWorld #Pores