As a true-blue beauty junkie – we know how important it is to remove makeup before we go to bed. Not removing makeup thoroughly on regular basis is going to give us problems like clogged pores, which can lead to breakouts, and what could be worse is styes on the eyes, milia and – Heaven forbids – premature ageing.
But perhaps using just your favourite makeup remover may not be enough. Here are tips and tricks that make sure you are indeed removing ALL your makeup.
Cleanse. Cleanse again.
Double cleansing is important, but many people – even the most hardcore beauty junkie – skip this. Double cleansing means that you have to use a makeup remover to cleanse off all traces of makeup first, before using a facial cleanser to cleanse away any other debris as well as traces of the makeup remover.
Oh yes, and this does mean that using makeup remover wipes aren’t enough. You’ll have to cleanse your face again with a facial cleanser after that.
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Spend more time on your eyes.
When it comes to makeup, many people tend to spend more time on the eyes. Consequently, more time should be spent on removing eye makeup.
Soak a cotton pad with eye makeup remover (not your regular ones!) and place it over your eyelids for 10 seconds. Slide the cotton pad gently towards the outer corner of your eyes to remove eyeshadow. For eyeliner, you may want to fold your cotton pad for to remove it more precisely.
TLC for your mascara-coated lashes
Hands up those of you who avoid waterproof mascara because your lashes fall off when you try to remove it at the end of the day. If this happens to you, try this: soak cotton pads with eye makeup remover, rest them over your eyelids for 10 seconds. This helps to dissolve the mascara. Then, gently stroke the cotton pad downwards (in the same direction as how your mascara grows). Continue this routine until you can no longer see any trace of mascara on your cotton pad.
We recommend not to use waterproof mascara if you can help it. Here are also other tips related to using the mascara.
A massage for your lips
Lipstick can sometimes be stubborn and cling on to your lips even after you’ve tried to remove it with makeup remover. This can be especially troubling if you have dry skin on the lips. Try dabbing your ring finger (your weakest finger) with makeup remover and go over your lips in a circular motion. This helps to remove dead skin in a gentle manner and also remove the final stains of lip makeup. The bonus: your lips will feel soft and kissable after this massage.