How To Properly Remove Eye Makeup


It’s so important to treat the eye area gently because this is an area where, not only is the skin thin, but the area is subjected to a lot of wear and tear from smiling, squinting and rubbing of the eyes. This translates into wrinkles and fine lines. Since many people use eye makeup and have to remove it nightly, it’s important to do this gently.

I always suggest using a liquid, oil-free, fragrance-free, no-sting eye makeup remover like our Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, as these don’t contain irritants and oils that can seep into the eyes and cause unnecessary under eye puffiness. Apply eye makeup remover to a toning cloth or cotton pad and gently press down on the eye, holding for 20 seconds. This gives your eye makeup a chance to dissolve to avoid unnecessary rubbing and touching. Then, after 20 seconds wipe away eye make up and mascara in downward motions. Flip the pad or cloth over and move in an upward direction to get underneath the top lashes. Voila!

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Note: I don’t recommend wearing waterproof mascara on a daily basis (or not when needed) because it makes for a difficult removal–and more rubbing and tugging of the eye area.

Read: Where Exactly Should I Apply Eye Cream?

Read: Could Your Eye Cream Actually Be Causing You Wrinkles?

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As an esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience, and building an award-winning line of products. Trusted by celebrities, editors, bloggers, and skincare obsessives around the globe, her vast real-world knowledge and constant research are why Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”