10 Gentle and Effective Techniques for Removing Eye Makeup

Long-lasting makeup that is waterproof and stays in place has been developed. This means you can have a beautiful face for longer. There is a downside to this fabulous makeup. It’s difficult to remove. You will be more likely to pull and tug at your skin if the makeup is difficult to remove. It is important to use the correct makeup remover and techniques for the job.

We spoke to some of the top professionals in the industry, including dermatologists and makeup artists, for tips on how to achieve a makeup-free, clean face at the end the day.

You can learn how to remove makeup that is stubborn without damaging your skin.

Remove eye makeup gently

Wash your hands before touching your face to avoid transferring bacteria that could cause irritation. Choose a makeup remover that is of high quality and will work. Rachel Nazarian MD, a dermatologist in NYC, says that after you have completed the first step, it is time to consider the application technique. Avoid scrubbing and rough rubbing. Gently dabbing the makeup away with soft circular motions should be sufficient to remove it without damaging the skin.

The makeup cloths are convenient for removing dirt but they also leave residue behind. After disposing of your makeup cloth, wash your face gently with a mild cleanser. To try to avoid irritation, use a fragrance-and-alcohol-free wipe.

Rinse off your eye remover

Dr. Nazarian says that many people forget to do this step. Makeup removers contain many chemicals and ingredients that help them stay shelf stable. You don’t want any of these chemicals or residue on your skin. The buildup of preservatives can cause premature skin aging. Use a gentle soap, such as Dove’s Beauty Bar, and rinse quickly. The drugstore cleansers are an essential part of your daily skincare routine, particularly if you suffer from sensitive skin.

It is important to avoid pulling or tugging on the skin around your eyes. This can cause damage and even break delicate blood vessels. The thin, sensitive skin around your eyes is easily torn. You should try a different product if you have to use force to remove your makeup.

Soak your Makeup

Robert Greene, Honey artist, says that “soaking” the eyes in cotton pads will remove eye makeup gently. Cover your entire eye area in [makeup-removing] gel. Don’t forget to cover your under-eyes as well. Avene Thermal Spring Water liberally sprayed onto two cotton pads, place them on your eyes in a cucumber shape. Repeat if needed. Wiggle the pads gently for 15 seconds to break down your make-up. Remove any remaining makeup with Q-tips. This is especially important around the lashline. To soothe the eyes, I spray cotton pads liberally with Thermal Spring water. Even on long days, when you might be tempted to use a makeup remover and skip washing your skin, treat yourself to spa level care.

Double Cleanse Stubborn Cosmetics

A cleansing oil can remove even the thickest of waterproof makeup and sunscreen. Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Oil is soaked into a cotton pad. Gently swipe the cotton pad from your inner corner outwards. The oil helps remove makeup from the skin and eyelashes. Sunday Riley’s Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing balm is another favorite double cleanser. The balm transforms into a silky, oily texture once applied. This allows makeup to easily slide off the face.

You should use a second cleanser after the oil because the greasy residue can act as a barrier, preventing other products from penetrating your skin. This includes eye creams. After the oil, you should use a second cleanser. You want your skin to be bare and clean to allow eye creams and serums to penetrate deeply into the skin.

Look For Active Ingredients

Make sure that the products you use contain active ingredients to address your skin concerns. Your skin could be reacting negatively if you experience a burning sensation after using a product. Cleanse the inside of your arm and apply the product to see how it reacts. Wait 24 hours and see how your skin reacts.

Kira Nasrat, a celebrity makeup artist, says: “If you like active ingredients as I do, you will love Hyssop oil.” Hyssop oil is a natural product that has healing properties and keeps your skin clean. When you wipe away your makeup, you won’t have irritated or inflamed skin. It is anti-inflammatory, and it helps to regulate breakouts. “I love this, particularly in the winter.”

How to Take Care of Sensitive skin

Under-eye makeup removers that are gentle on sensitive skin will protect you from aging. Renee Rouleau, a celebrity esthetician, says that it’s important to treat the area gently. The area is subjected a lot to wear and tear due to smiling, squinting and rubbing the eyes. This translates into fine lines and wrinkles. Rouleau recommends using “liquid, fragrance-free eye makeup removers that are oil-free and do not sting” for eye makeup removal (like her Soothing Eye Makeup Remover). These products don’t have “irritants or oils that could seep into your eyes and cause under-eye puffiness.”

Rouleau says, “Apply the eye makeup remover on a lint free toning towel and gently press it down onto the eye. Hold for 20 seconds.” It allows your eye makeup to dissolve without rubbing or touching. After 20 seconds, remove your eye makeup by wiping downwards. The pad should be moved upwards to reach the upper lashes. Voila!”

Rouleau suggests limiting waterproof mascara use, since it can be difficult to remove and may require aggressive rubbing or tugging.

Fold your Cotton Pad

Fold the unused portion of the cotton pad over each time you swipe. The makeup will be redeposited if you use the same side. Rouleau says to “wipe off your eye makeup in downward motions.” Flip the cloth or pad over and wipe upwards to reach the upper lashes. This method saves you from having to use multiple cotton pads. Reusable makeup remover pads, such as Face Halo’s Reusable Makeup Remover Pads, will help you save even more.

Protect your Eyes

Suzy Gerstein, Honey’s makeup artist, says that if you wear contact lenses and prefer to use a water-based product for removing them, Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water is the best. “I use two cotton pads, (Kohgen Do’s are the softest and luxurious) and place one above the lashes and the other just below. Hold them for about a minute to allow them to do their job without pulling your eye.

It is important to use a formula that does not sting the eyes. Not only can it be irritating, but it may also cause puffiness under the eye. This is something many people are concerned about.

Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Your skin should feel damp after applying eye cream on your freshly cleaned face. You don’t need to wait for your skin dry out before you apply a moisturizer, such as Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Moisturizer. The moisturizer claims to protect your skin against fine lines and wrinkles and balance oil production. You forgot this step? To bring moisture back to the face, spray a facial mist.

Maintain A Morning Routine

Clean skin allows the active ingredients of your other products to work better. Toleriane Dermo Cleanser by La Roche-Posay cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture. This cleanser can also be used to remove stubborn makeup, such as that stuck on an eyelash. Patchology’s FlashPatch Eye Gels will brighten and awaken your eyes once your skin has been cleaned.

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