OK, before we begin, let’s be clear that the joys of makeup outweigh the drawbacks (i.e. taking off your makeup after staying out way later than you planned, poking yourself in the eyeball with a mascara wand or doing everything in your power to remove that long-lasting lippie). Yes, the aforementioned struggles do in fact *suck* but there’s little stopping us from turning a blind eye on our Urban Decay Naked Palette or beloved, classic Maybelline Great Lash Mascara.
Fortunately, there’s a way to take off your makeup no matter if it’s a lip stain that’s basically morphed into your lips or faux lashes that aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Let’s start with the makeup-removal basics and work our way up to the serious stuff, ahead.
How to Remove Makeup Without Makeup Wipes:
STEP 1: Thoroughly wash your face for one minute with your favorite cleanser. We love an oil-based formula to easily take off foundation and long-lasting lipstick.
STEP 2: Consider double cleansing with a gentle formula for a more thorough cleanse and then pat your face dry with a towel.
How to Remove Waterproof Eye Makeup Without Makeup Wipes:
STEP 1: Saturate a cotton ball in an oil-based product specifically designed to remove eye makeup like the cult-fave Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover.
STEP 2: Use gentle pressure to hold the cotton ball against your eye for about 10 seconds to help dissolve the makeup.
STEP 3: Finish by washing your face with cleanser. This will get rid of any lingering traces of makeup or residue. Rinse well and pat your face dry with a washcloth.
How to Remove False Lashes Without Makeup Wipes:
STEP 1: Massage a small amount of gentle eye-makeup remover onto the base of your false-lash strip to loosen the glue.
STEP 2: Start at the longest point (usually the outer corner) and carefully peel back your false lash, making sure none of your real lashes are stuck to the strip.
STEP 3: If you’re planning on using them again, reshape your false lashes and put them back into the case they came in.
How to Remove Long-Lasting Lipstick Without Makeup Wipes:
STEP 1: Start by washing your face with an oil-based makeup remover and use a cloth to blot away any oil or residue.
STEP 2: If the oil-based makeup remover doesn’t remove the long-lasting lipstick, apply a layer of petroleum jelly to your lips and let that sit for three minutes.
STEP 3: Dampen a washcloth in warm water and wipe away the petroleum jelly (which will remove your lipstick as well).
STEP 4: Rinse and dry your lips. Finish by applying a moisturizing lip balm.