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The Best Makeup Removers That Actually Work and Leave No Greasy Residue

The Best Targeted Waterproof Makeup Remover

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Leave it to Glossier to create a new category of skin care; their just-launched Milky Oil is half micellar water and half lightweight oil. Translation: It gently removes even the stubbornest long-wear lipstick or waterproof mascara, without leaving behind an oily residue (or irritating eyes in the process). Bonus: It's TSA-friendly.

Related: Skin-Care Hacks to Make Your Products More Effective

buy it, $12

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The Best Non-Irritating Cleansing Wipe

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Many makeup-removing wipes can be irritating, or leave a film behind. The Simple Unscented Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes do none of that—and are super-effective at removing dirt, oil, sweat, and makeup. You'll want a package for work, home, and your gym bag.

Buy it, $5

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The Best All-Around Cleansing Oil

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Thanks to a gentle, 100 percent natural formula (featuring hydrating, nourishing ingredients like grapeseed and almond oil) the Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil is safe for sensitive skin types, yet super-effective at dissolving makeup. As a bonus, it also contains castor oil to aid in lash growth.

Related: 6 Easy Ways to Remove Makeup

buy it, $28

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The Best Nighttime Oil

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Never thought you'd be into face oils? Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil will convert you. Apply a few pumps of the lightweight oil to dry skin to instantly dissolve all of your makeup and leave skin feeling super soft (and no, not oily at all!). Bonus: The scent of evening primrose oil and lavender essential oil will have you getting into bed feeling über-relaxed.

buy it, $32

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The Best Multipurpose Balm

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Yes, the It Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Balm deep-cleanses and removes makeup, but it goes one step further. The sulfate-free formula contains an anti-aging serum that helps ward off free radicals and pollutants for healthier, younger-looking skin—no extra product needed.

buy it, $38

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The Best One-Step Cleanser

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This cleanser melts away makeup, deep-cleans, hydrates, and tones skin in one simple step on those days when double-cleansing just isn't in the cards. Not only is it gentle enough to remove eye makeup, it also has an amazing, not-too-cloying scent.

buy it, $24

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The Best for On-the-Go Touch-Ups

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DHC Olive Virgin Oil Swabs are an individually wrapped miracle—they're perfect for fixing smudged liquid eyeliner or lipstick on-the-go (or when you sneeze after applying your mascara and are too frazzled to dig for a Q-tip and makeup remover...just us?). Although they're powered by organic olive oil, they're dry to the touch and won't leave you greasy.

Related: The Absolute Best Mascaras On the Market for Every Lash Look

buy it, $8 for 50

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The Best No-Rinse Cleanser

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The beauty of micellar cleansing waters? No need to rinse. Simply apply to a cotton pad as you would a toner, press into skin, and let the magnet-like micelle molecules do the work for you to remove dirt, oil, and makeup. The Garnier Skin Active Micellar Cleansing Water is a mattifying version made for oily skin types and is also great at removing sweat post-gym, without drying out your skin in the process.

Related: 10 of the Best Gel Moisturizers for Oily Skin

buy it, $9

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The Best Sustainable, Reusable Makeup Remover

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As reviewers can attest, "The Original" Makeup Eraser really does remove all your makeup without the need of any soap—just add warm water. A great environmentally friendly alternative to disposable face wipes, these machine washable cloths will last you up to three to five years.

buy it, $20

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The Best No-Nonsense Bang for Your Buck

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Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser has been a drugstore classic since 1907—so you know they're doing something right. The brand recently launched a Cold Cream Cleansing Balm that's just as effective as the OG at removing dirt and makeup (including waterproof mascara) but now in a balm-to-oil formula. It's a travel-friendly alternative to coconut oil or other cleansing oils—and one $10 jar will last you forever.

buy it, $10

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The Best Jelly Makeup-Melting Remover

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If you hate oil-based makeup removers, you'll love the texture of the new crop of "jelly" products out there that turn into a milky cleanser to melt away makeup in one step. The Origins Cleansing Makeup Removing Jelly also leaves skin glowing thanks to dullness-fighting willowherb.

buy it, $23

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The Best Gym Bag or Travel Wipe

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One of the many beauty perks of coconut oil is its ability to melt away makeup while leaving skin super-hydrated. Now you can reap those same benefits with no mess thanks to the über-convenient, individually wrapped Ultimate Makeup Remover Wipes from RMS Beauty. They're probably the "greasiest" of the bunch thanks to 100 percent pure coconut oil, but they're a great travel option for those making the switch to a clean skin-care routine. (And since coconut oil is known for its antibacterial properties, they're perfect for post-workout.) 

Related: Genius Single-Use Beauty Products for Your Gym Bag

buy it, $16 for 20 wipes

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