Makeup Removal 101: 5 Effective Tips to Get Rid of Makeup Residue from Skin

Cleansers are widely used to remove impurities, dust, dirt, and pollution from the skin, but do you know about the other siblings from the vast skin cleansing family? Enter micellar water, cleansing balm, face wipes and more. While everyone can define and explain the purpose of cleansers, most people (especially beginners) often get confused with what is micellar water? How is micellar water different from a cleansing balm and makeup wipes? Don’t micellar water, cleansing balm, and makeup wipes serve the same purpose? Of course, they do but in a different way! So, if you are a beginner, don’t stress yourself as we are here to enlighten you with a makeup-removing dictionary and a thorough guide on how to remove makeup.

ABC’s of Makeup Removing

Learn about various makeup removal products to get rid of every makeup particle from your skin.

Makeup Removing Dictionary: C for Cleansing Balm

Cleansing Balm: The cleansing balm is an oil-based makeup remover that works by dissolving heavy makeup without soaking the skin’s natural oil. Containing oils and emollients, cleansing balms remove full face makeup, and waterproof makeup formulas such as waterproof mascara. A cleansing balm is best suited for dry skin.

How to use a cleansing balm

  1. Take the required amount of cleansing balm and apply it on your dry face.
  2. Gently massage until it creates a milky lather.
  3. Wipe the makeup with a cotton pad or soft cloth.
  4. Rinse your face with lukewarm water to remove the remaining product from the face.

Makeup Removing Dictionary: F for Face Wipes

Face Wipes: Face or makeup wipes are saturated towelettes that help to get rid of impurities, daily build-up, oil, and makeup from your face. Soaked with face cleansing and makeup-removing agents, these face wipes function efficiently to light makeup.

How to use face wipes

  1. Take out face wipes (as many times as required) from the packet and gently rub them on your skin.
  2. Start from the middle of your face and slowly move outwards.
  3. Target hairline and jawline to get rid of makeup residue.

Makeup Removing Dictionary: M for Micellar Water

Micellar Water : Micellar cleansing water is one of the best ways to remove makeup as it contains a combined formula of purified water and hydrating and cleansing oil molecules to clean your face. The no-rinsing formulation eliminates dust, dirt, and pollution without drying out your skin. Choose a nourishing micellar water as it makes for one of the best makeup removers for all skin types.

How to use micellar water?

  1. Take a cotton pad and soak it with micellar cleansing water and then swipe it across your face.
  2. To remove eye and lip makeup, press the micellar-water-drenched cotton pad on your eyes and lips for 10 - 15 seconds.
  3. Don’t rinse with water and proceed to the next steps of the skincare routine.

Summary: Micellar water is a no-rinse water-based makeup remover that cleanses the face without drying it.

How to remove makeup effectively

While applying makeup requires skills and patience, removing it demands knowledge and endurance. Now, you might wonder why you need the knowledge and endurance to remove makeup? Let us explain this! When you sleep with your makeup on, your skin becomes prone to acne, dryness, and in the worst cases wrinkles (caused by collagen breakdown). The trouble doesn’t end here. Not removing eye makeup can cause an eye infection and eye irritation. Hence, you must know the right ways to extract every last bit of makeup from your skin. So, if your immediate query is how to remove makeup effectively, we have got your back! Read on to know the 5 tips to remove makeup properly and maintain healthy glowing skin.

Summary: The importance of removing makeup is immense as you can prevent irritation, acne, breakouts, pimples, skin ageing, and promote skin renewal by sloughing off dead skin cells.

Check out the 5 tips mentioned below to slough off every bit of makeup from your skin:

  • Indulge in facial steam
  • After a hectic day, getting a steam heat session for removing makeup may seem tiring. But trust us, the process will help to pull out makeup successfully. Take a bowl full of hot water and hover your face over the bowl for 1-2 minutes. It is one of the best ways to remove makeup as this process will detach makeup particles from the skin and allow cleaners to reach deep into the skin. Indulge in a steam heat session twice or thrice a week and add essential oils to get some at-home spa-like me-time.

  • Use cleansers and gently rub your skin
  • How to remove makeup, you ask? Use cleansers and start massaging the product gently. Wait for 10-15 seconds and then wipe with a wet cotton cloth before you finally rinse it with water (using a cotton cloth will allow you to see how much makeup and debris is removed from your skin). Don’t rub your face vigorously as it might irritate your skin. While massaging your face with cleanser, cover your hairline, under the chin area, and around the ears. Voila! Removing makeup is almost done!

  • Choose micellar water as per your skin type
  • Those who like to double cleanse their face can directly move to micellar water after taking steam heat. We recommend you use the L'Oréal Paris Micellar Water (works even for sensitive skin) and L'Oréal Paris Revitalift Crystal purifying Micellar Water (for oily skin).

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  • Focus on the edges of eyelids
  • It goes without saying that removing stubborn mascara, eyeliners, kajal or lipstick is the hardest task of all. Isn’t it? However, we have a solution for this as well. If you are wondering how to remove makeup from eyes and lips, use targeted lip and eye makeup remover as it is one of the best makeup removers for lip and eye makeup. The skin around your eyes is sensitive hence you must gently cleanse those areas with a cotton pad. Why choose a cotton pad? Because it doesn’t leave behind any fibre after cleansing is done. Take a cotton pad and soak it with dedicated lip and eye makeup remover, gently press it on your eyelids and lashes. Wait for 10-15 seconds to let the cotton pad absorb eye and lip makeup residue and then slowly swipe it across the eyes. Repeat the process on your lips. We recommend you to use the L'Oréal Pari Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover.

    Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover

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  • Avoid baby wipes
  • If you want to know how to remove makeup effectively, avoid using baby wipes because these products don’t contain ingredients or formulations required to eliminate makeup from the face. Also, don’t rely fully on makeup remover wipes as these wipes can hardly remove base makeup or light foundation and can’t deeply cleanse the face.

    It is essential to take care of your skin after cleansing your face and removing makeup. Read the next section to learn how to take care of your skin after removing makeup and cleansing your face.

Post Cleansing Skincare routine

During the day, follow your CTM routine and directly jump to the sun protection cream. Choose cleansers, toners, and moisturisers as per your skin type. Pro tip: You can add face serum to get best results. Upgrade your night-time routine with face mask and dedicated night cream. Got confused with your skincare routine? Take the help of L’Oréal Paris Skin Genius tool and create a proper skincare routine after analysing your skin like an expert.

Now that you’ve got answers to how to remove makeup, you can banish every trace of makeup from your face (including lips and eyes). So, take the pledge to remove makeup and clean your face every night no matter how hectic your day was, and say yes to healthy, glowing, fresh skin.

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