We know – taking off your makeup is supposed to be the easiest part when it comes to washing your face at night. Most of us just wipe it away with a few swipes of a makeup removing cloth and call it a night. Now, we aren't here to add more stress to your routine, but chances are, you may be doing it wrong. But by doing some quick and easy troubleshooting, you can make your makeup removal routine go a lot more smoothly – and maybe you'll dread it a little bit less!
Get The Look is running you through these four common makeup removing mistakes, along with their easy fixes. If none apply to you, imagine how proud you can feel then!
BEAUTY: MAKEUP REMOVING MISTAKES
RUSHING THE JOB
When it comes to removing eye makeup in particular, the slower you are, the better. Apply makeup remover and let it sit, sit and sit some more. Give it a couple of minutes, say while you brush and floss. This will soften mascara, liner and shadow so it slips of easily and thoroughly once you finally wipe.
Giving remover time to work its magic also prevents you from having to rub and scrub with your makeup remover pad – always a mistake, since friction can damage the delicate skin around your eyes, causing irritation and contributing to premature aging.
LEAVING YOUR HAIR DOWN
We get it: When it's past midnight and your pillow beckons, even as easy step like throwing your hair up may feel like a chore. But not doing it means you're likely stopping a couple inches short of your hairline when washing your face. People often accumulate makeup residue around their hairline, which leads to clogged pores and breakouts.
RELYING ON WIPES
Makeup removing wipes can be an excellent first step in removing makeup, but a proper sink session should ideally follow. Many make the mistake of just using wipes and going to bed, but the makeup really is not all off – you still have to wash your face. Using water and face wash or cleanser is what's really going to remove residue and prep your skin for a good night regimen.
If you only use wipes then apply moisturizer, you might push dirt into your pores and wake up with pimples or blackheads.
MISSING THIS SPOT
If there's one zone that's frequently neglected during makeup removal, it's the elusive edge of your eyelid, where liner and mascara can build up over time – and lead to eye irritation. Especially if you tightline your eyes with waterproof liquid, you might need to get in there with a more targeted tool and make sure every last speck is gone.
On another note: You should also never tug stubborn mascara chunks off with your fingers. To coax clumps off without doing harm, make sure you give your remover enough time to penetrate and then press down gently with a flat cotton pad, moving slowly in the direction your lashes grow, to slide the mascara off.