How I Remove ALL of My Makeup

How to Remove All of Your Makeup

We can all agree that the worst part about makeup is having removing it at the end of the night. You’re so tired and all you want to do is crawl into bed…


Sleeping with makeup on is one of the worst things you can do to your skin. Even just a trace of makeup can lead to breakouts, and unfortunately I learned this the hard way. When I was younger, I thought simply using a face wash would do the trick. It didn’t. When I was a bit older, I discovered makeup remover. A little better, but still not there yet. I was face-to-face with my biggest dilemma: how do I remove all of my makeup without severely drying out my skin?

My nighttime routine has evolved into a four-step process, but it manages to remove every bit of makeup (even waterproof) from my face without completely stripping my skin. Ever since I started this routine, I’ve noticed a huge improvement. I don’t break out as bad or as often as I used to.

Curious yet? Here’s my four-step process:

  1. Use a cleansing oil.
    I’ve been using this Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil as the first step in removing my makeup. To put it simply, it works like a dream. It completely melts the majority of the makeup off of my skin. Want to know the best part? It doesn’t dry out my face because it’s an oil! I use one pump and apply it directly to my dry face and gently massage until I feel most of the makeup has been “loosened up.” Then I rinse with water and pat dry.
  2. Clean up with micellar water.
    The cleansing oil is a super powerful makeup remover, but on my heavier makeup days I like to make sure I get every last bit. I wet a cotton round with the Garnier Micellar Water and wipe my face of any remaining makeup. I also use it to clean around my eyes because I almost always have black mascara smudge under my lower lashline that was missed in the previous step.
  3. Wash with an acne cleanser.
    To prevent breakouts and give a deep clean, I like to use the Burt’s Bees Acne Solutions Gel Cleanser. It contains salicylic acid which helps keep breakouts at bay. This is an absolute necessity in my night routine!
  4. Moisturize.
    After all three of the above steps are complete, I moisturize my skin. I’ll either reach for my Yes to Cucumbers Daily Calming Moisturizer or just plain ole coconut oil. Then I can hop in bed knowing my skin is clean and hydrated!

This is an effective, gentle way to remove your makeup. I don’t know how I was managing before this routine! It has truly been a skin-saver.

What products are must-haves in your nighttime/makeup-removing routine? Let me know in the comments!

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