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Ways to remove eye makeup

Updated on September 25, 2012

Many of us love make up - from piling on our concealers, foundation, primers, eye shadow, blush, loose powder to eye liner, the fun never ends. It is the removal of eye make up that sometimes can get a little bit troublesome, especially when it involves gel eyeliner, eyelash glue, under-the-eye liners, pigmented eyeshadow etc. These things seem almost impossible to remove cleanly!

The area around our eyes is extremely sensitive and hence we need to take extra care when we want to remove our eye makeup. In this article, we will be sharing with you a couple of eye makeup removal solutions that are effective and yet gentle on the eyes.

Types of Eye makeup Remover

  1. Oil-based Eye Makeup Remover
    These are sold in bottles from various beauty brands. They have been formulated to be gentle on the skin and would not irritate your eyes. You would need to use them with a separate cotton pad/ball or washcloth.

    To Remove Makeup: Pour some solution on the cotton pad and press the pad on your eyelids gently. Leave it on for a few seconds before gently wiping away the makeup. Do be gentle or you might run the risk of prematurely aging the skin around your eyes. Repeat the steps until all traces of the makeup have been removed. Remember to remove the makeup on your waterline by gently running the cotton pad past it.

    Makeup remover oil can be pretty cost effective as a solution. The only downside to it is that you would need to remember to have a pack of cotton pads to effectively use them.

    Tip: For the really hard to remove eyelash glue / waterproof gel liners in the corners of the eyes, wet a Q-tip with eye makeup remover and use it to gently swipe away the makeup.

  2. Oil-free eye makeup remover
    The concept is about the same as the oil-based makeup remover solution but they do not use oil as a base to remove your makeup. The downside is that the makeup removal process will take more time and effort as you would not be able to reap the benefits of utilizing the oil to assist the removal.

  3. Makeup Remover Wipes
    These wipes usually come in a set of 20-50 sheets as a standard packet or 10 sheets for travel packs. These wipes look like a pack of wet wipes but they contain makeup remover solution in them.

    To Remove Makeup : Simply rest the wipes on your eyes again before gently wiping away. This step helps to breakdown the waterproof elements of the makeup and makes removal easier. The wipes generally can be used to remove makeup on the other parts of the face instead of just eye makeup.

    The advantage of using these wipes is that they are a handy, all-in-one solution that effectively removes makeup. However, they can be a bit pricier than the remover oils hence I prefer to use them only when I travel where the convenience is more important.

    Tip: As these sheets are usually thinner than cotton pads, you just need to fold a little corner in the sheets to create a sharper corner to target those hard to reach places.

  4. Natural Eye Makeup Remover - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    It is becoming a trend these days to go the natural way. One upcoming popular method is to actually use extra virgin olive oil to remove your makeup.

    A cotton pad / ball / wash cloth is needed and the steps to remove are the same as using an oil-based makeup remover, but this time with olive oil instead. Do check out the video below at the end of the article where a popular makeup video-logger - Michelle Phan demonstrates how to remove makeup with olive oil.

  5. The last resort ...
    If you happen to be somewhere without access to eye makeup removers, the last resort is actually to use your face wash. Gently create a foam and massage over closed eyes for some time. Rinse off the facial foam with water.

    I am generally not in favor of this technique because it can be very drying to the skin and does not effectively remove all the eye makeup. However, that being said, it sure beats sleeping with your eye makeup and clogging more pores in the process.

Natural Eye Makeup Remover


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    • dcaz profile image

      dcaz 6 years ago from Singapore

      Thank you for the vote!

      Glad that I managed to deliver some value with my first hub. :)

    • Rehana Stormme profile image

      Rehana Stormme 6 years ago

      You have some very good tips here! I would definitely go with the olive oil technique. Voted up and useful!