Beauty, Lookbook

5 easy steps to make sure you take off that makeup right

If you can't take off your makeup as well as you apply it, you're doing it all wrong.

Makeup is super fun to apply, but a pain to take off. With that being said, you should never sleep with your makeup on. When I say never, I mean never. Just the thought of sleeping with makeup on makes me cringe. Even if you wear the very basics of face makeup, like concealer or powder, you need a solid skin care routine everyday to take care of your skin.

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That doesn’t mean just wiping your makeup off and hopping into bed. I’m talking about a hardcore 5 step skincare routine that you use nightly to get every last bit of makeup off of your skin. Why? It’s to keep from clogging into your pores. There’s still loads of makeup and bacteria on your skin after using a simple makeup wipe. A 5-step skincare routine means ensuring that you have a basic makeup wipe for your face, makeup remover for your eyes, cleanser, toner, and moisturizer/ serum.

Makeup can be tough to get off, especially eyeliner and mascara, but you can master thoroughly cleaning your skin with just a few tips and tricks. First, let’s go over the basics of the 5-step process that I swear by.

1. Basic makeup wipe

There’s nothing wrong with makeup wipes. They’re efficient and get the job done, plus they’re usually pretty inexpensive. The issue is that you can’t just stop at using a makeup wipe. Even if you use 2 whole wipes, there would still be smudges of eyeliner and bits of concealer clogged into your skin. You don’t need to splurge on makeup wipes either, you just need one that will do it’s job. Make sure you look into one that is moisturizing and not too dry. Dry wipes result in pulling and tugging on your skin, ew.

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If you want to go completely natural, coconut oil is an amazing product that will take off all of your makeup (even eye makeup) in a matter of minutes.

2. Eye makeup remover

If you don’t wear a lot of eyeliner and mascara, you still need a separate wipe/ solution to clean your eye makeup with. Face wipes aren’t meant for your eyes and your eyes will most likely burn or get irritated if you try scrubbing them with a face wipe. Buy a separate eye makeup remover bottle that you can use with a cotton ball/ cotton rounds to efficiently get off all of your eye makeup.

This is always the hardest step for me because I always wear super dark eye makeup, but having a separate solution for this makes it all the easier.

3. Facial Cleanser

THIS is where you should spend a little extra money. Even if you don’t want to, it’s totally okay. There’s plenty of amazing cleansers at the drugstore that will work for this step. The main thing is that you want a cleanser that will unclog your pores and really remove all the dirt and excess makeup. If that means going for a harsher scrub, go for it.

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Cleanse your face for at least 2-3 minutes and wash off with lukewarm water.

4. Toner

This for me is probably one of the most important steps. A toner will remove all the final bits of makeup from your face. Even after all the makeup wipes and cleanser, I guarantee that there will still be makeup residue on your face.

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You can get a toner for literally anything. Acne prone skin, dry skin, etc. Drop a few drops onto a cotton round and wipe your entire face with it, and make sure to get right under your neck.

5. Moisturizer/ Serum

To finish off with clear, smooth skin, use a moisturizer or serum of your choice. This will prevent your skin from drying out with all the products and keep your skin nice and moisturized throughout the night. You definitely don’t want to miss out on this step. You can even use a serum to seal in your skin. Depending on your preference, use one of these to complete your routine.

It may be a lot of work, but this is the ultimate key to healthy and clear skin.

  • Fatima Ali

    Fatima Ali is at the University of San Francisco, studying Politics and Computer Science. She's passionate about journalism and social justice, and believes that everyone's voice deserves to be heard. When she's not writing a new article for her school newspaper, she's most likely watching Empire, online shopping, or obsessing over makeup.