Beauty Q&A: How Do I Remove Eye Makeup With a Cleansing Balm?October 13, 2020
STEP 1: Choose Your Cleansing Balm
Choosing the right cleansing balm formula is the first step to effectively removing eye makeup. “Because makeup products are mostly oil-based, a nourishing blend of oils will break them down really well,” says Lee. She recommends the Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm. The formula, which includes papaya and camellia seed oils, is gentle and hydrating, so it won’t make skin feel stripped.
STEP 2: Start the Removal Process
Start with dry skin and apply your cleansing balm of choice in small dollops all over the face. “Be sure to focus on areas that have more makeup, like the eye and lip area,” Lee notes. Massage it into the dry skin in circular motions for up to 30 seconds, then add a little water to emulsify the balm.
STEP 3: How to Address the Eye Area
Because the eye area is sensitive and removing mascara can be tough, (though we’ll never give up using our L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara in Waterproof) both Lee and Chang recommend being extra careful when rubbing the balm around your eye area. “Break down makeup one eye at a time so that multiple layers of mascara or eyeliner can melt away,” says Chang. She also notes that a good cleansing balm formula will be both dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested; check the package of yours to confirm. After cleansing this area for 30 seconds, Lee advises going back with a touch of the cleansing balm on a cotton swab to remove any extra residue in hard-to-reach areas of the eye.