Most makeup fanatics love spending time at the MAC counter, and they love watching makeup tutorials on YouTube to create the best cat eyes, ombre lips, and perfecting contouring techniques. However, makeup fanatics don’t usually like to spend as much time on the less exciting chores of makeup removal. Here are some six of the most common questions I get asked and some of my personal tips:
Should I always remove my makeup? I can’t even believe that I get asked this question, but yes makeup should always be removed. It should be removed before bed, before the gym and even before cleansing.
What type of makeup remover should I use? Most makeup removers consist of alcohol or oil. Alcohol can over dry skin and oil can clog pores, which exacerbate breakouts for acne prone skin. If you opt for a makeup wipe, choose one that does not contain alcohol and is biodegradable. I use Micellar water since it does not contain alcohol, oil, or fragrance. It will remove makeup (except waterproof makeup) and prep your skin to be cleansed.
How should I remove makeup? Saturate a cotton face pad and wipe away your makeup. For eye makeup let the product soak on your eye lid for a few seconds first and then wipe. Do not harshly scrub your skin, especially in the delicate eye area.
What kind of cleanser should I use? Although a Sulfate-free cleanser will not excessively foam, it is better for your skin since as it won’t remove the skin’s natural moisture barrier. I personally like to cleanse my face with my Clarisonic device and Clearly Luminous Cleanser.
Do I need to clean my makeup brushes? Absolutely! Makeup brushes harbor bacteria and could be the cause of your breakouts. Brushes should be cleaned weekly with a brush cleaner and Micellar water. I partially submerge my brushes in a cup with a mixture of dish soap and a few drops of alcohol to serve as a disinfectant. I soak for five minutes and leave them on a paper towel to dry overnight.
Can I keep my makeup forever? Makeup, like most everything else, has an expiration date. Check the expiration date on your cosmetics and discard when it’s time. I check my makeup every six months to ensure that I am not putting applying expired product on my face. Follow these tips to help maintain radiant, blemish-free skin. Love skin care advice? Subscribe to my newsletter to get updates from me once a month.