My Makeup Removal Routine

November 5, 2018

As much as I love the “me” time and process of applying makeup in the morning, there’s nothing like the feeling of taking it all off at the end of a long day. Proper makeup removal is super important to me because it means I get to go to bed with clean skin and clear pores and have a fresh start to my mornings the next day. While I do double-cleanse and tone during and after my showers, often times these steps don’t necessarily remove all traces of makeup and since the skin renews itself during the sleep stage, I knew I had to step up my game and create a cohesive makeup removal routine.

While my skincare routine is quite complex and consists of a lot of steps, my makeup removal essentials are relatively simple and low maintenance.

Eye Makeup Removal

The eye area features the most sensitive skin on your face as it is very delicate and is also the first area to show signs of aging. I personally don’t like to scrub or tug, even so much as wipe so I will take one of the Shiseido Facial Cottons saturated with Lancome’s Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover and put it over my eye, apply slight pressure and then gently dab and wiggle the pad until I have most of the eye makeup on there. The Lancome Bi-Facil Double-Action Eye Makeup Remover is the only gentle eye makeup remover that is potent enough to remove all of my eye makeup without stinging and watering my eyes, or blurring my vision in the process.

Makeup Removal Wipes

The brand or kind of makeup removal wipes I use is very subjective to if I actually remember to pick some up. Most of the wipes I use either come from Target or even Marshalls, sometimes from Ulta or Sephora. As I said, it depends on what beauty aisle/store I find myself at a given moment in time and if I even remember that I need to stock up. That all being said, I do keep MAC Little Wipes in stock at all times in case I do forget to stock up. I’ve been using these for many, many years and simply love them. These are oversized wipes that have a luxurious feel and are super saturated with the special MAC cleanser infused with protective vitamin E. They are hydrating and nourishing and don’t leave a residue on the face.

Detox Mask

On days where my skin feels particularly congested I will use the Neogen Dermalogy Canadian Clay Pore Cleanser. This is a clay pore cleanser that transforms into a foam to remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities from the skin and pores. I personally like to wear it as a mask for about 5-10 minutes prior to going on and cleansing my face with it before rinsing it all off. I feel like it really deep-cleanses the pores from any makeup or other debris. Pores look visibly tighter after and are gunk-free. After one use my skin was brighter and more clear.


Double-cleansing is and has been an important part of my daily routine for many years as it helps in keeping my skin as clear as possible by assuring no impurities are left to fester on either the surface or deep down in the pores. Recently I decided to step up my cleansing game and added the Clarisonic Mia Prima Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush to the family. I’ve only been using this for about a week and a half at this point but, WOW WOW WOW, has this made a HUGE difference in how skin looks! Not only do I feel that it really gets in there to cleanse, but my complexion looks visibly brighter, youthful and much more glowy. Honestly, I don’t know what has taken me so long to invest in a Clarisonic because this has been a game changer!

For the last year I’ve been enjoying the Banila Co Clean It Zero Nourishing Balm for my first cleansing step, and then use the Clarisonic Mia Prima with the Enature Marshmallow Cleansing Foam for the second cleanse. If you want a more in-depth and detailed look at my entire skincare routine, I recently posted about it right here.

Post-Shower Cleanse

As part of my post-shower cleanse, or technically “third” cleanse, I rotate between the Neogen Dermalogy Real Flower Cleansing Water – Calendula and recently the Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Water. I saw it on the Sephora Sale page and nabbed it right up during the Beauty Insider Event before it was out of stock since I love to test cleansing waters. So far I really like it. It’s a nice basic cleansing water that is gentle on the skin, fragrance-free, non-oily, no residue, and non-drying.

That concludes my actual makeup removal routine. What ensues from here is toner, essence, the whole nine yards which you can read about in my recent Anti-Aging and K-Beauty Skincare Routine post. Unlike most of the products I use, my makeup removal essentials are one of the very few that never really change all that much unless I feel like the process is becoming stagnant.

What are your makeup removal essentials? I always love reading about you guys are using!

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