The newbie's guide to...taking off *all* your makeup
We all know going to bed without washing your face is a big skin no-no. But the way you take off your face makes a major difference in your complexion. Here's how to wash the day (and your mascara) away.
GO EASY ON THE EYES
"You should never have to scrub hard to remove your mascara," says makeup artist Andrew Sotomayor. If you've got waterproof mascara or liner, stick with an oil-based cleanser, which will help dissolve the wax-based formula of the mascara.
DO A TRIPLE CLEANSE ALL OVER
"First, apply a balm or milk to dry skin to get rid of makeup without stripping skin," says makeup artist Jenna Kristina. Massage it in to break everything up. Then, rinse and follow with a creamy of foamy cleanser. To make sure every bit of makeup is gone, wipe your entire face with a cotton pad and micellar water.
WHEN YOUR FACE IS COMPLETELY CLEAN...
Tripple cleansing preps skin to absorb active ingredients, so treat it to exactly what it's craving. Think: salicylic acid for acne or a vitamin C serum to boost brightness. And always, always moisturize after to replenish hydration and seal in the good stuff.
KNOW WHEN TO WIPE
Truth time: Wipes are pretty much the worst. They don't actually cleanse your skin (they simply smear around makeup) plus they're wasteful and often packed with chemical irritants. So save them for quick changes or minor clean-ups, like switching up lip color or nixing stray eyeshadow.
HYDRATE WHILE REMOVING LIPSTICK
Liquid and matte lip lipstick are formulated to last...sometimes too long. Kristina's pro hack? "Use lip balm! It gently removes even the longest lasting lipstick and helps condition at the same time," she says. Apply balm all over your lips, then gently wipe away with a washcloth or tissue. Repeat as needed.
Choose your own cleanser adventure
These superstars erase makeup in a snap *and* feel amazing on your skin.
THE CLEANSING BALM
Banila Co Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original, $27, ulta.com
THE OIL CLEANSER
Cocokind Organic Facial Cleansing Oil, $14, cocokind.com
THE MICELLAR WATER
Garnier Skin-Active Micellar Cleansing Water, $9, drugstores
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