I’ve learned the hard way that when it comes to makeup removers, there can be quite a bit of variance in the end result. For the most part, the issues can relate to the residue left behind, the skin sensitivity in the delicate areas around the eyes, or even irritation within the eyes themselves. So how should a girl like me take off her makeup safely?
I’ve found that it comes down to the product used, along applicator for removal that can make a big difference. I’ve put together a total of 10 fantastic makeup removing products, broken into the best of the best under $10, and the best among niche and luxury brands. Since most of these are liquid, I recommend using a simple cotton round pad, preferably also proven to be hypoallergenic like this one from Target for use in removal. This flat yet absorbent shape can target and canvas your makeup in one fell swoop much easier than a cotton ball, which can encourage more rubbing that can lead to irritation. I hope that one of the items from this list becomes your new favorite makeup remover go-to!
[The best under $10 (from left to right): Simple Bi-Phase Eye Make-up Remover, $6.29; Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover Liquid, $4.99, Neutrogena Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover Pads, $6.99; No7 Beautiful Skin Oil Free Eye Make-Up Remover, $8.09; and Cetaphil Gentle Waterproof Makeup Remover, $7.99]
[The best of the high end (from left to right): $38; , Dermalogica Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, $25; Estée Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, $20; , $27; Instant Eye And Lip Makeup RemoverVMV Hypoallergenics Makeup Removing Oil, $24]