How to remove your make-up
Beauty rule #1: never go to bed with your make-up on. But are you removing it correctly? Celebrity make-up artist Enrique Fourie shares his tips
‘BE DELICATE AROUND THE EYE AREA, AND ALSO WHEN REMOVING WATERPROOF LIPSTICK. USE AN OIL-BASED REMOVER ON A COTTON SWAB.’
Use a make-up remover speci cally formulated for eye make-up, as not all removers effectively remove product while still being gentle on the delicate eye area. Choose an oil-based remover to get rid of stubborn waterproof eyeshadow or mascara. Apply the make-up remover to a cotton pad and hold it over closed eyelids for a few seconds. This will loosen mascara and liner and allow for easier removal.
‘A GOOD MAKE-UP REMOVER SHOULD HAVE AN ASTRINGENT AND OIL IN IT TO HELP GET RID OF ALL MAKE-UP RESIDUE. OIL IS THE BEST MEDIUM FOR MAKE-UP REMOVAL.’
Cleansing milks or creamy makeup removers are best for removing foundation. While bi-phase (with an oiland water-base) or water-based removers are effective, cleansing milk will help to maintain your skin’s hydration levels, especially during drier winter months. Apply cleansing milk on dry skin, let the foundation emulsify, then rinse off with warm water. These cleansers tend to be gentle so a second cleanse is necessary to effectively remove all trace of make-up.
‘IF YOU DON’T HAVE A CLEANSER HANDY, YOU CAN USE MAKE-UP REMOVAL WIPES. I LIKE ROOIBOS-INFUSED ONES AS THEY ARE HYPOALLERGENIC.’
Since our lips are just as delicate as the skin around our eyes, using make-up removers designed speci cally for lips or one that will not dry out the skin is crucial. Try using a make-up removal wipe that is alcohol-free and water-soluble.
‘WHENEVER YOU USE CLEANSING WIPES OR MAKE-UP REMOVERS, ALWAYS RINSE YOUR FACE WITH LUKEWARM WATER TO REMOVE ALL TRACES OF INGREDIENTS THAT MAY IRRITATE THE SKIN. FOLLOW UP BY LIGHTLY CLEANSING, TONING AND MOISTURISING. IF YOU ARE PRESSED FOR TIME, RINSE YOUR FACE AND APPLY A MOISTURISER TO BOOST HYDRATION AND DO YOUR FULL CLEANSING ROUTINE IN THE MORNING.’
Most make-up removers have an oilbased solution that helps to effectively lift make-up, SPF, excess sebum and dirt. Once the make-up removers have done their job to wipe away your face for the day, your skin still needs a little cleanser TLC. Double cleansing (following make-up removal with your normal cleanser) ensures your face is super clean and not stripped of its necessary moisture.