How to Remove Eye Makeup

Do you find yourself rubbing your eyes too hard when removing your eye makeup? If you’re guilty, then stop! The skin around our eyes is thinner than the rest of our skin, making it extremely delicate. So how do you remove eye makeup, especially stubborn eyeliner and mascara?

The wrong way: rubbing your eyes harshly.

The right way: gently wiping your eyes. 

Keep reading for tips on how to remove eye makeup the right way plus a list of different types of eye makeup removers to add to your shopping bag! 


How to Remove Eye Makeup

Removing eye makeup can take a little longer when compared to removing makeup from the rest of your face, particularly if you wear waterproof mascara or eyeliner. The good news is that it can be done, but the key is to be extra gentle. 

Try not to tug on the skin around your eyes when wiping your makeup off. This won’t be too difficult to do if you use a cleansing balm since its soft, balm-like texture glides on skin effortlessly, making it a breeze to remove all traces of makeup without tugging on your delicate skin

It’s a different story when using cotton pads. Even when you soak pads in micellar cleansing water, the chances of irritating your eyes are higher if you rub the pads across your lids harshly. What you can do is to hold a cotton pad over your lid for a few seconds, allowing the formula to dissolve the makeup, and then gently wipe the pad across. Repeat this step until all makeup is removed.

Avoid using regular makeup removers on your eyes that are intended for the rest of your face, since those might irritate skin or even sting your eyes. Instead, look for makeup removers that are created especially for your eyes like oil-based or oil-free eye makeup removers. 


Types of Eye Makeup Remover

1) Oil-based

Oil-based eye makeup removers are great for those who wear heavy eye makeup daily. Made with an alcohol-free, pH-balanced formula, Etude House’s Lip & Eye Makeup Remover is gentle enough to remove all traces of eye makeup without drying out or irritating the eye area, even for those with sensitive skin. It’s also a great choice for fans of waterproof eyeliner! 

2) Oil-free

Not a fan of oil-based makeup removers? Don’t worry – there’s a selection of oil-free eye makeup removers that are equally as good at removing heavy, long-wear or waterproof eye makeup. Opting for oil-free based makeup removers is also ideal for those with eyelash extensions since oils weaken the lash glue, and you wouldn’t want to risk ruining your new set of lashes!

LANEIGE’s Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof is a gentle yet effective makeup remover that easily gets rid of waterproof makeup. It’s light and soothing thanks to its aloe and chamomile extracts. It doesn’t sting your eyes either, so it’s perfect for all skin types, even if you have extremely sensitive skin.

3) Makeup Wipes

Of course, you’ve got to have makeup wipes for those nights when you come home later than usual and just need a quick and easy fix. Try The Saem’s Phyto Seven Lip and Eye Makeup Remover Pads; they’re as effective as regular makeup removers and made with soft fabric that won’t irritate your skin. Just make sure to wipe them across your eyes gently. The pads are also formulated with peach flower extract to revitalize and brighten up the eye area, and phyto seven complex and Guaiazulene blue formula to soothe skin.


Eye Makeup Removers for Sensitive Eyes

Some eye makeup removers may work for you and some may not, depending on your skin type. Those with sensitive skin should pick their products carefully.

If you have sensitive eyes, go for an eye makeup remover with a mild formula that guarantees no irritation, like AGATHA’s Optimum Lip & Eye Makeup Remover. This eye makeup remover has a bi-phase formula, a combination of oil and water that does a smooth job. It instantly gets rid of even the toughest eye makeup, and those with sensitive skin won’t have to worry about any stinging at all!

If you don’t want panda eyes the next morning, then make sure you remove all traces of your eye makeup properly before going to bed. Don’t forget to follow with an eye serum, and seal everything in with an eye cream to keep your skin hydrated. For a more detailed regimen, check out Chapter 18 of the Beauty Book and curate your own skin care routine for your eyes.

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