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How To Remove Makeup


Today I am sharing how to remove makeup at night.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I’ve been experimenting with and wearing makeup of lately. I’ve learned from experience, that it is not enough to just wash makeup off in the shower. Certain brands of foundation and mascara need extra help in order to remove it completely.  Through trial and error, I’ve come up with this three-step process to remove my makeup.  Please note that this is what works for me. This might not be ideal for your skin type, especially if you have sensitive skin.   


Step 1: Makeup Remover:

I always start my makeup removal with the application of one of the following makeup removers:

First Pressed Olive Oil Emulsifying Cleanser: This is a great option to use during the winter time when skin tends to be drier. Cleansing oil helps to balance your skin’s natural sebum and breaks down any long wearing ingredient. Yes, it’s oil, but it  rinses off into a milky emulsion and leaves the skin hydrated, not greazy. My mother gifted me this First Pressed Olive Oil Emulsifying Cleanser. It’s available on HSN for $39.

Albolene– This is especially great for the removal of water-proof mascara and dark lipstick that stains the skin.  It has the consistency of petroleum jelly and leaves skin feeling soft, supple and moisturized. I actually bought this originally to try during my no-exercise weight loss project. I have used it as a makeup remover a couple of times and it’s honestly one of the best makeup removers that I have in my house. This is can be easily found at any drug store and this 3 oz size sells for $6.49.

Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser- This is another $6.99 product that can be found at any drug store. My only complaint about this is that it’s not in a tube or pump to help maintain sanitization.

Karin Herzog Finest Chocolate Cleansing – I received this cleanser as a press sample. Maybe it’s the strong smell of the Swiss chocolate , but this is the one that I use the most. This cleanser helps to unclog pores, dissolve impurities and remove waterproof makeup without any stinging or irritation. The oil based formula melts off makeup. Mascara is gone with one swipe. My only complaint is the $55 price tag. Yikes!

With the exception of the oil cleanser, I apply the product and then use a paper towel to remove the makeup from my skin. I honestly, prefer to use a paper towel for this step. No sense in destroying your towels and paper towels, in my opinion are more sanitary. I rarely ever use the Maybelline’s Clean Express, but when I did it actually works really great.

Step 2: Makeup removal wipes


Trying these @korres cleansing &makeup removing wipes for the very first time. #beauty #makeup #makeupremover .

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I always follow step 1 by using a makeup removal wipe. It removes any additional makeup that might be left over and I use it because it’s really great for getting makeup out of the hair line. I love this Pomegranate Cleansing Wipe by Korres ($12) which was also sent to me as a press sample. It smells really great and is very gentle on the skin. A great alternative is Neutrogena’s Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($7.99).  It doesn’t smell as great as Korres, but gets the job done. Cleansing wipes are also really portable and are great for those nights or moments when you need a quick solution for makeup removal so I would definitely invest in one of these.

Step 3: Wash

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I have acne prone skin so I am always afraid that the makeup removers, which are mostly oil based, will clog my pores and trap acne causing bacteria. My final step is to give a final rinse using a salicyclic or benzoyl peroxide based cleanser.  These are are a few of the ones that I have tried. Both Biore (press sample) and PanOxyl can be found at a drug store like CVS and are relatively inexpensive. Peter Thomas Roth’s anti-aging cleansing gel can be found at Ulta or Sephora and retails for $35 .

The morning after my three-step process for removing makeup, I prefer to use a gentle cleanser such as SkinNaturals, Belli or Lindi.

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Skinnaturals Calming Cleanser ($24.50) A natural, sulfate-free, mild and creamy cleanser filled with botanical extracts and pre-probiotics to soothe and help calm sensitive skin. Featuring Safflower Oleosomes that utilize a patented extraction process to allow for optimal cleansing without drying or irritating dermal layers.

Belli Anti-blemish Facial Wash (available online at Ulta $22) This was also sent to me as a press sample. This cleanser that was formulated for expecting mothers leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying. Features lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin. Contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener, green tea extract and cucumber. Does not contain salicyclic, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. I really love this face wash and it’s actually what I have been reaching for in the shower the most.

Lindi Skin Face Wash (available online at the Dermstore $22) I received a sample of this product at a Beauty Press event in New York City. Lindi Skin care was originally formulated for people who are undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment. eliminates debris without stripping healthy moisture. The pH balanced formula thoroughly purifies pores, while forming a breathable veil of hydration that smoothes and comforts devitalized skin.

XoXo, Natasha

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  1. Good to see you smiling here. I rarely wear make-up, not because I don’t need to but because I am lazy and I hardly get dressed up these days. But, when I do I use Noxema to wash off makeup and wash my face daily with St Ives Apricot Scrub to take off sunscreen. Enjoy your Life!
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