By now, makeup removal should be a mandatory step in your routine. Props if you’ve got the willpower to cleanse no matter how long your day has been! But are you really taking it all off? Check yourself with this list of 5 common mistakes.


Tempted to throw in the towel after a super quick wipe-down? We hate to break it to you, but face wipes are only a first-step product. Meaning, they’re meant to be followed up by a second cleanser, and using them alone is simply not enough. Wipes only lift away what sits on the surface of the skin. Also, wiping your face with the same sheet can lead to clogged pores.

THE FIX: Double-cleanse! After removing all visible makeup with wipes, always follow up with a good facial wash. This will flush out microscopic impurities and ensures a truly deep cleanse.

TRY: Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser, P290, Céleteque Facial Wash (250ml), P297, Céleteque Facial Wash (100ml), P130


Since most cleansers are water-based, they’re not strong enough to cut through every layer of makeup. Because what if your makeup is waterproof, right?

THE FIX: As your second-step cleanser, use a makeup remover with oil in it, like micellar water, cleansing balm, or actual cleansing oil. Oil coaxes out every bit of stubborn dirt that resists watery formulas.

TRY: Maybelline Micellar Water 4-in-1, P199, Bioré Cleansing Oil, P299, Banila Co. Clean It Zero (Classic), P890


The edge of your eyelid is where your eyeliner and mascara meet. When this area is neglected, product can build up and lead to nasty eye irritations.

THE FIX: Use an eye makeup removal tool which targets those edges. Or, DIY it with a Q-tip dipped in makeup remover. These narrow wands give you easy access and keep the nooks ‘n’ crannies of your face spotless.

TRY: Dearberry Clean To Go, P195, Karadium Makeup Remover Pen, P280, Happy Skin Pretty Clean Makeup Eraser, P499


Fact: no amount of rubbing and tugging will remove waterproof mascara. Plus, the friction will only irritate your delicate eye area and create premature wrinkles.

THE FIX: Use an oil-based eye makeup remover. They’re specifically designed to break down waterproof products without causing irritation. Just soak a cotton pad, press it against your lids, and let it sit there for a minute. To remove, gently wipe outwards. Ta-da!

TRY: L’Oréal Paris Lip & Eye Makeup Remover, P395, Simple Eye Makeup Remover, P499, VMV Hypoallergenics Makeup Removing Oil, P941


Makeup removal strips your skin of its natural oils. This leads to a slew of other skin issues: dryness, excess grease, and redness, to name a few. So, regardless of your skin type, hydration is a must, particularly after cleansing.

THE FIX: After you’ve gone through the motions of removing your makeup, always follow up with moisturizer. This counteracts that tight, post-cleanse sensation and keeps your skin supple.

TRY: Dewytree Ultra Vitalizing Snail Cream, P1,199, Beach Born Bam Balm, P168, Farmstay Escargot Intensive Eye Cream, P690

Got it? Okay, now you can go to sleep!

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