MAKEUP, THEN UNDO
If you spend a long time with your makeup, remember it's a bad idea to turn in with it on. Spending adequate time on makeup removal is important to maintain healthy facial skin. A recent issue of Conde Nast's Glamour magazine provides key tips for makeup removal as follows:
Take your time
When it comes to removing eye makeup in particular, the slower you go, the better. "Let the technology do the work," says dermatologist Ranella Hirsch. "Apply makeup remover and let it sit, and sit some more. Give it a couple minutes, say, while you brush and floss." This will soften mascara, liner, and shadow so it slips off easily and thoroughly once you finally wipe. "If you do this, you won’t find smudges under your eyes in the morning anymore," Hirsch says.
Soap and water works best
Makeup wipes can be an excellent initial step in removing makeup - in fact, they're best used to remove makeup before cleansing. But a proper sink session should ideally follow. "Many of us make the mistake of just using wipes and going to bed, but the makeup really is not all off - you still have to wash your face, ladies," says makeup artist Azra Red. "Using water and face wash is what's really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen. If you use only wipes and then apply moisturizer, you might push dirt into your pores and wake up with pimples or blackheads."
Use a makeup cleanser
"Women tend to use face wash that isn't made to remove makeup," says esthetician Joanna Czech. If you suspect yours falls into this category, you could use a suitable makeup remover or consider switching to a cleansing balm. Most think oil-based products will leave your face cleaner. But the new oil cleansers really can work miracles. "A lot of people don't know that oil dissolves oil," says Czech.
Cleanse the edges of your eyelid
If there's one zone that's frequently neglected during makeup removal, it's the elusive edge of your eyelid, where liner and mascara can build up over time—and lead to eye irritation. Especially if you tight-line your eyes with waterproof liquid, you might need to get in there with a more targeted tool and make sure every last speck is gone. Speaking of lashes falling out, you also should never tug stubborn mascara chunks off with your fingers. To coax clumps off without doing harm, make sure you give your remover enough time to penetrate and then press down gently with a flat cotton pad, moving slowly in the direction your lashes grow, to slide the mascara off.
Push your hair back and cleanse your hairline
When it's past midnight and your pillow beckons, even an easy step like throwing your hair into a pony can feel like too much effort. But not doing so means you're likely stopping a couple inches short of your hairline when washing your face. People often accumulate makeup residue around their hairline, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
Follow up makeup removal with moisture
Even if you don't have dry skin, makeup removal should always be followed up with at least some targeted moisture. Balm up your lips if you've just removed lipstick and dab on eye cream. Removing makeup can dry out the eye area, which is the most sensitive skin on your face. So, you need to keep it soft and hydrated.