Eye make-up removal 101: from full face to bed fast

Who knew glitter could be so easy to take off?
Photography Benjamin Kaufmann/Trunk Archive, Pixeleyes
1. Stay-put foundation

The key to removing all traces of foundation? Get your hair off your face and out of the way. If you don’t, it’s likely that your cleansing routine will stop a couple of inches short of your hairline. Try a Boots Headband in White* to prevent residue from collecting there and ultimately leading to clogged pores.

2. Liquid lipstick

We love a kiss-proof pout, but this texture can be difficult to get off. Rather than scrubbing it away with a face wipe, use YSL Top Secrets Expert Makeup Remover For Eyes & Lips* (125ml). Massage over lips, then remove with a warm flannel. It will melt away long-wearing colour and leave your pout soft and nourished. Win-win!

3. Heavy eye make-up

If you wear waterproof formulas or use product on your waterline, listen up! Don’t neglect eyelid edges, where product can build up and cause irritation. We love Eau Thermale Avène Intense Eye Make-Up Remover (125ml) for even the most sensitive eyes. Gently massage soaked cotton pads over your peepers for 15 seconds.

4. Double up

Notice tell-tale make-up smudges on your towel, post-cleanse? It’s time to start double-cleansing: the first round to remove make-up, and the second to refresh skin. Start with a cleansing balm or micellar water to break down products, then wash with ultra-gentle No7 Radiant Results Nourishing Cleansing Lotion (200ml).

5. Glitter begone!

First, step away from the wipes: they only spread the glitter around. If the glitter’s dry, rub a piece of Scotch tape between your fingers first to remove some of the tackiness, then gently dab it onto any stubborn bits on your arms, legs or chest to lift away the glitterRemove any residue with an oil-based cleanser to emulsify the glue and leave skin super-soft.

Pro Tip

Red, sensitive skin? When drying your face, don’t rub with a towel, but pat it dry instead.



*Available in selected stores. †To dispose of glitter safely, put any residue in the bin rather than washing it off in the sink.