Like most girls, I love putting ON my makeup: erasing dark circles with concealer, getting a glow with blush, swiping on lip color and—my favorite part—wiggling that mascara wand up and down my lashes. But taking my makeup OFF? Not so fun—especially when I just want to flop into bed. That was until I surveyed my favorite experts and got these unique and easy tips for removing makeup in a flash.
#1 Got a face loaded with makeup?
“Put a dollop of a granular cleanser on an electronic cleansing brush,” suggests Francesca Fusco, M.D., an assistant clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “It will penetrate deeply and remove makeup better than just using your hands.”
#2 If you have dry skin, use a creamy, soap-free cleanser.
“Apply generously and wipe off with a soft, wet washcloth by massaging in a circular manner,” suggests Fusco. This way you don’t strip away your skin’s natural oils along with your makeup and it leaves skin smoother.
#3 Travel with makeup wipes.
“Some places have different water than your skin is used to which can cause skin to be sticky or dry out,” explains Fusco. Keep your complexion clear when you’re out of town by using disposable makeup removing wipes and then rinsing skin with bottled water.
#4 Melt away makeup
Soak a washcloth in warm water and then press it onto the eyes for 20 seconds—they is especially helpful with stubborn mascara. “Mascara can be so hard to remove and I find this to be the most effective,” suggests makeup artist Raychel Wade, owner of Cheek to Chic.
#5 Clean your face fast with citrus
“Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice on a damp cloth or cotton pad and gently run it over your face,” suggest Wade. “This acts as an astringent and removes grime while giving your skin a dose of vitamin C.”
#6 If you’ve got sensitive or dry skin, use olive oil to remove your eye makeup
Simply dab some on a cotton pad, swipe over your lids and voila, your shadow, liner and non-waterproof mascara are gone and skin is left hydrated. “Warm the olive oil in the microwave for five seconds and it works even better,” adds Fusco.
#7 Forgot the makeup remover? Don’t fret
“In a pinch, you can use sensitive skin moisturizer on a Q-tip to remove eye makeup,” says Emily Kate Warren, a makeup artist who works in film and television and at fashion shows. The same goes for your face. Simply spread moisturizer thickly onto skin and then wipe it off with a damp cloth, adds Fusco.
#8 Don’t stress if you DON’T scrub up
“Yes, it’s actually OKAY if you fall asleep with your makeup on once in a blue moon,” says Fusco. Just don’t make it a habit!
How do you come clean before bed?