Beauty Q&A: How Do I Remove Eye Makeup With a Cleansing Balm?

October 13, 2020
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
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Removing stubborn or waterproof eye makeup can be extremely difficult with just a makeup remover or micellar water, which is where cleansing balms come in handy. These oil-based removers melt your makeup away and make the removal process a whole lot easier — no matter how stuck on your liner or mascara may be. Ahead, we chatted with Sarah Lee and Christine Chang, co- founders and co-CEOs of Glow Recipe, to get a step-by-step guide for removing eye makeup with cleansing balms.

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 Waterproofboth 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.

L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara in Waterproof and Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Enzyme Cleansing Balm

STEP 4: Double Cleanse to Complete the Routine

To complete your eye makeup removal, follow up with a water-based cleanser to catch any pollution, dirt or makeup that may be leftover. “When washing around the eye area, always take the gentle approach and massage it into your skin in small, circular motions,” says Chang.
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