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7 DIY Make-Up Remover Alternatives

Updated on November 28, 2020
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Amber is a web writer whose articles focus on beauty, skincare, health, and wellness!

Makeup remover has a place in every bathroom, and on everyone's vanity. If there is makeup involved, especially eyeliner, there should be makeup remover involved too. Those messed up wings that were made with impressive waterproof, smudge-proof eyeliner need to come off somehow.

It can be more than embarrassing to make a trip to the store with disastrous makeup just to get some more makeup remover. Thanks to these awesome tips, you'll never have to suffer through that again!

1. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is so amazing that it has definitely earned a place in every pantry and on every makeup desk. If there is a single person that doesn't have any of this on hand, it's time to pick some up. It's awesome if you're wondering how to remove waterproof eyeliner.

To use coconut oil, simply wipe a little bit of coconut oil onto the skin. Smear it in, and then wipe it away with a cotton swab, old washcloth, or cotton ball. Keep in mind that the eye makeup will come off when the coconut oil is wiped off, so it's better not to use your hands.

2. Vegetable Oil

When coconut oil hit the market, it's unhealthier partner, vegetable oil, took a backseat in the market. That doesn't mean that it doesn't have the potential to be useful though.

First of all, it's significantly cheaper than coconut oil. Vegetable oil also works surprisingly well for makeup removal. The only downside is that vegetable oil seems to be oilier than coconut oil, which can lead to pimples. It might also require a little bit more scrubbing to take off tough eyeliner.

To use it for makeup removal, make sure to use gentle swiping motions instead of rubbing the area of skin to avoid redness and irritation.

To eliminate the risk of pimples, make sure to wash the skin after using this to rinse away the excess oil.

3. Almond Oil and Milk

Almost everyone has milk in their fridge, and most people have almond oil, which makes this one great for a pinch when running to the store just isn't possible.

To use this DIY makeup removal idea, pour a spoonful of almond oil in a standard-sized bowl full of milk. Stir the two ingredients together, and apply the mixture liberally over the face.

Layers of foundation and concealer will wash away with the milk and almond oil.

4. Soap and Water

That's right; good, old-fashioned soap and water. Instead of spending fifty bucks on a bottle of expensive, chemical-filled, makeup remover, just use a gentle bar of soap and water.

First, wet the face generously. Then, apply the soap. Use gentle, circular motions to make the face nice and soapy. Then, simply rinse it off. Most of the products on your face will wash away with the water.

Keep in mind that this doesn't work as well for waterproof makeup. If the makeup is waterproof, it's a good idea to get some oil out of the pantry and use that instead.

This is a great face bar to use for people that want to go the old-fashioned, soap, and water route. I personally use it because it never breaks out my skin, which is extremely sensitive. I also have dry skin, and it adds the perfect amount of moisture. It's also great when it comes to taking off your foundation.

5. Olive Oil

After seeing coconut oil and vegetable oil on the list, it's no wonder that olive oil can be used to remove eye make up. This works the same way that other oils do, too.

Simply massage olive oil into your skin. Then, gently wipe it away. Don't forget to wash your face afterward. Too much oil on your skin can make your face break out.

6. Baby Shampoo

Baby shampoo is great for getting rid of products that are normally hard to get off. This is great for people that have sensitive skin too!

Simply use the baby shampoo like you would normal soap, and then wash it off. It is less likely to make your skin red and irritated. Plus, if you get a little bit of tear free shampoo in their eyes (without any makeup) there is no harm done!

7. DIY Makeup Remover Pads

These are all great tips for anyone that needs to grab something to take off their makeup. It doesn't matter whether it's been a hard day at work or whether those wings just aren't coming out even.

For people that want to have something more like make up remover pads to have on stand by, this awesome DIY tutorial is a great way to have the same product without any of the chemicals, and half of the cost.

In Conclusion

Makeup remover pads can be convenient, but they can be expensive and dry out your skin. This DIY makeup removal methods are perfect for when you run out, or for when you need something more gentle for your skin.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2017 Amber Lynn


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