so how can you ladies take it off? It just stays there like forevar?
That was a reply from Fritz, only one of the funniest bloggers in my country, when I Plurked this morning about me trying a product that claims to make my makeup rub-proof, budge-proof and waterproof. Yes, from whatever works of art we create on our faces to either polish our look or add more drama to our eyes, they all have to be washed out and removed by the end of the day because after all, we need our faces bare as they were when our day started, and the day must end that way. Makeup can momentarily cover some flaws, add some definition to our features, but they still need to be removed because they can bind with the dirt on our face, and cause our skin to breakout.
So, how do we exactly remove makeup from our face?
Do We Really Need Separate Products to Remove Makeup?
When I was younger, I used to think that removing makeup was just like washing the face using facial foam. I was wrong. One night, after doing that, and using toner to refresh my skin, my cotton still revealed traces of foundation. When I learned how to tightline, whenever I finish washing my face, I would the area surrounding my eyes really dark, like smeared eyeliner. Those were definitely the signs that I needed to have separate products in removing my makeup.
The ever-reliable Ponds Cold Cream has been tried and tested, well-recommended by our moms to be the makeup remover to use. Lately, there have been new products that function as makeup removers such as other cream-based makeup removers, and deep cleansing oils ( popularized by Shu Uemura, I also love MAC’s and Skin Hour’s ), and these two types work to remove both eye makeup and face makeup. For more intense removing ( for waterproof makeup, specially when applying eyeliner ), there are makeup removers specifically for the eyes ( and the lips ). Their consistency’s sort of liquid, just somewhat like water. They might feel very mild, but I assure you, they work wonders, being mild in consistency so as not for us to tug our eye area that can cause premature wrinkles, but still work like magic. Examples are Lancome’s Effacil Gentle Eye and Lip Makeup Remover and L’Oreal ( and Maybelline ) Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, and so much more. More and more brands are coming up with their own makeup remover line as the quality of makeup improves – progressing to long-lasting, long-wearing, and sometimes waterproof makeup.
How To Remove Makeup – Yep, There’s a Routine!
To remove makeup ( full makeup , rather ), we first start with the eyes. I noticed that using cleansing oil, as I swipe the eye makeup off, goes to the other areas of my face – so it must be disastrous if we remove everything all at the same time. With Cetaphil ( yes, we can use this too! ) , Ponds Cold Cream, or cleansing oil ), massage very very very gently a generous amount on the eyelids, or even the eyebrows, if you have applied eyebrow powder or brow gel there , and swipe away makeup using a cotton pad ( I like them better than cotton per se). Do not go on a wiper motion as you will be rubbing the makeup back and forth and twould be messy! If you are using an eye makeup remover instead of the general makeup removers mentioned above, with the watery consistency of eye makeup removers, put some on the cotton pad and very gently swipe away the eye makeup. I repeat, geeently! Because we have to take care of the skin surrounding the eyes. Can’t stress that enough.
After eye makeup is gone ( do not mind the eyeliner if they’re too stubborn, still ), massage a generous amount of again, deep cleansing oil, cold cream, or Cetaphil ( or any cream-based makeup remover, for that matter ), massage, massage til you see the cream turning cream ( what? sorry, again, until you see the cream turning into your foundation shade! ), as it effectively lifts makeup from your skin. After that, wash your face using your normal facial wash.
After that, let’s go to the remnants. The most stubborn to remove usually are eyeliners ( those waterproof ones ) and eyeliners applied on the inner rims of the eyes. Get a Q-tip, put some eye makeup remover on it, and again, very very very gently swipe on the areas , be it the area near the lashlines, both upper and lower. After I wash my face, I usually see the tightlined area already gone, that transfers on the lower lashline. Swipe very gently until all traces of makeup are gone.
Done! Then tone, hydrate, and treat, and congratulate yourself and get some sleep!
Any suggestions, tips, or brand reco’s? I’m all ears!