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6 Easy Ways to Remove Makeup for Good

Clear Your Face the Easy Way

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Makeup is fun—taking it off? Not so much. And when it comes to long-lasting formulas and rich pigments (crimson lipstick, waterproof eyeliner, layers and layers of bronzer…), you need to bring in the big makeup-removing guns. Here, six guaranteed ways to get back to bare in a snap.

Turn Your Face Into an Oil Slick

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Old mascara? Bring it. Temporary face tattoo? Not a problem. Layers of foundation? You’re on it. Just add oil, and watch almost any formula lift away from skin easily. Your first option: an oil-based cleanser, like Decleor Micellar Oil. ($33;

Use an Oil-Based Makeup Remover

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Look for a “bi-phase” formula, which is half oil, half water. You’ll see that the two are separated in the bottle. The oil will remove the makeup, while the water washes away the greasy "oily" feeling. Right before you use, shake it to blend the two phases, then pour some onto a cotton pad and start swiping. We swear by Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover. ($10.50;

Gety Crazy with Coconut Oil

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The trendy ingredient is popular for a reason: it’s lightweight, gentle, super-hydrating, and has about a million uses—one of which is removing makeup easily. A worthy buy: Spectrum Naturals Organic Coconut Oil. ($7;

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Try an Old School Cold Cream

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If you’re extra sensitive (that stage makeup is harsh stuff), try a gentle, nourishing cream—like Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser ($4.40; Apply to skin, then wipe it away with a cloth. Its mineral oil and beeswax work away makeup easily. 

Start Scrubbing (Gently!)

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Chances are you’re already addicted to the St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub ($4; Reach for yours as a second step—post makeup remover—since it’s the perfect thing to clear any remaining traces of makeup.

Reach for a Wipe

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Look, one cloth wipe isn’t necessarily going to get off everything easily. But if you’re exhausted and don’t want to wake up with glittery remnants all over your pillow, it’s certainly better than nothing. Eyeko Mascara Off Eye Makeup Remover Wipes ($9; also soothe skin with aloe.


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