Dos and Don’ts of Eye Makeup Removal

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I decided to skip class today and was just reading a few articles from Mrs Funnybones, and it was the best half an hour I spent today. It’s a must-read. Coming to today’s article, we’ve all been told to always remove our makeup before we hit the sack. It’s one of the most important things to do before we go to bed. Removing eye makeup is the trickiest of things. The area around the eyes is super sensitive and one needs to be really gentle around the area. So here’s a few things which you should do and not do while removing eye makeup.


Being too harsh on your eyes

When removing makeup from your eyes, don’t be aggressive. It can lead to irritation, flaking and dryness around the eyes and over time it can lead to formation of fine lines. To remove eye makeup quickly, soak a cotton pad in an oil based eye makeup remover and gently wipe across the eye. The oil lifts the makeup from the eyes and the eyelashes. It also nourishes your eyelashes. You can also use coconut oil, olive oil or baby oil.

Facial cleanser on eyes

The skin around the eyes is much more sensitive than the skin on your face. Using a facial cleanser on your eyes can have a drying effect and can make your skin appear leathery. This causes uneven deposition of the eyeshadow on the eyes. Treating the skin around your eyes like a baby’s is the key. Using a well-balanced eye makeup remover can prevent the area from drying.

Using the same cotton pad over and over


When removing makeup, you take a side of the cotton pad and pour some of your magic liquid on it, and continuously wipe back and forth till you get the gunk off the eye. This causes the makeup to deposit back on your lid on the second wipe. Using a clean side every time may result in using the entire pack of cotton pads in just one go. So, first, wipe your eyes with one full clean side of the cotton pad. Now, fold the clean side in quarters so you can clean the leftovers without using your entire stack of cotton pads. You have the power of four swipes in one.

Swiping back and forth

When you swipe your skin back and forth, you tend to irritate the it which causes various further problems. A simple motion from the inner corner of the eyes to the outer corner and back to the inner corner will get most of your makeup off as it touches both your upper and lower lash lines. Don’t rub the underside of the lashes as the cotton fibres may get stuck in your eyes and may cause further irritation.

Not cleaning after removing

Removing makeup using a remover can leave behind some residue. That’s why it’s important to cleanse after removing to get rid of the residue. To remove the liner, use a cotton swab and dip one end in the remover and clean, dip the other end in water and clean it. This will prevent any further smudging of the liner.

Flip side of a dirty cotton pad later

You used one side of your cotton pad for a night and the other side is clean. You keep the cotton pad to use it later. This results in bacterial growth in the time lapse between the two usages and when put on the face can cause serious infections.

Not cleaning your eyebrows


While you’re super focused on getting that stunning smoky eyes off, you probably forgot about your brows. Most eye pencils are wax-based so the formula basically grabs onto your brow hairs and doesn’t budge. You need to use an oil-based cleanser to get rid of the wax on your brows, a water-based cleanser just won’t do it.

The best way to clean your eyes is to use a gentle makeup remover or oil and get the superficial dirt off. Cleanse your face with a gentle wash and then apply a moisturiser to avoid dryness of the skin.

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