How to Remove Makeup Without Makeup Wipes

November 12, 2020
By: Marisa Petrarca | by L'Oréal
How Do I Remove Makeup Without Makeup Wipes?
Makeup wipes make removing foundation, blush, eyeshadow or any other products you could possibly apply on your face, easy. If you’re without your trusty wipes and need to take the day off, you don’t have to commit a cardinal beauty sin, i.e., going to sleep with your makeup on. Here, we’re sharing tricks to remove even the most stubborn makeup without a wipe.

How to Remove Waterproof Eye Makeup Without Makeup Wipes

STEP 1: An oil-based cleanser or makeup remover can help break down long-wear and waterproof makeup like mascara or eyeliner. As an alternative to an oil-based cleanser, you can also use a micellar water, which can effectively remove long-wearing makeup. Start by saturating a cotton pad with a product like the cult-fave Lancôme Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover or the Garnier Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover.


STEP 2: Use gentle pressure to hold the pad against your eye for about 10 seconds to help dissolve the makeup.


STEP 3: Finish by washing your face with a cleanser. This will help get rid of any lingering traces of makeup or residue. Rinse well and pat your face dry.

lancome bi facil makeup remover

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 outer corner and carefully peel back the false lash, making sure none of your real lashes are stuck to the strip.


STEP 3: If you’re planning on using the lashes again, reshape your false lashes and put them back into the case they came in.

garnier micellar water

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 lipstick completely, apply a layer of petroleum jelly to your lips and let it 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.

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn

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