There are many tried-and-true beauty rules we actually aim to follow, and going to bed with a clean face is one of them. Don’t get us wrong; there are definitely nights when we come home from a long day at work or night out and would rather face-plant into the bed. But somehow, some way, we’re able to gather just enough energy to blindly grab makeup removers that actually work and run them across our faces.
Come morning, our pillowcases will let us know if that waterproof mascara or lipstick came all the way off (*fingers crossed*). And over time, we’ve come face-to-face with an unfortunate truth: Makeup wipes kind of suck. Hear us out. We’re not saying you need to swear them off forever, but everyday use of even the gentlest cloths can leave the skin red, chapped and irritated, especially if you wear heavy makeup.
Though other forms of makeup removal aren’t as convenient, they do feel a lot nicer on the skin and usually come with cleansing benefits too, so you can cut your routine down a few steps. Ahead, 20 balms, oils, sticks and micellar waters that get the job done and won’t cost a lot either.
Originally posted on StyleCaster.
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Bliss Makeup Melt Never-Greasy Eye Makeup Remover Gel
A cooling oil-free gel that won’t pull at the lashes.
Bliss Makeup Melt Never-Greasy Eye Makeup Remover Gel, $8 and up at Amazon
Physician’s Formula Coconut Milk Eye Makeup Remover
Unlike coconut oil, coconut water isn’t nearly as greasy and is gentle enough to apply on and around the eye.
Physician’s Formula Coconut Milk Eye Makeup Remover, $5.99 at Ulta
Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water
An all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser that doesn’t require rinsing.
Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water, $9.49 at Amazon
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil
A blend of natural oils, including argan and coconut, that can be used as a makeup remover and/or cleanser.
Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil, $15.99 at Ulta
Formula 10.0.6 Bare Face Beauty Cleansing Oil
A lesser-known but equally effective cleansing oil that smells like vanilla and best serves as the first step in your routine.
Formula 10.0.6 Bare Face Beauty Cleansing Oil, $8.99 at Ulta
Pacifica Gem Water Crystal Infused Micellar Cleansing Tonic
A rinse-free cleanser made with a unique mix of lemongrass, quartz and watermelon.
Gem Water Crystal Infused Micellar Cleansing Tonic, $12 at Pacifica
Derma E Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil
Organic argan oil, organic jojoba seed oil and vitamin E combine to make this rinse-free makeup remover the key to dewier-looking skin.
Nourishing Rose Cleansing Oil, $17.99 at Derma E
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water
Formulated for sensitive skin, this micellar water (best applied with a cotton pad) removes makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils.
La Roche-Posay Micellar Water, $15.99 at Amazon
Pür Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier
Made with a whopping total of 12 fragrant oils (avocado, lemon peel and jasmine, to name a few) to melt away makeup, including waterproof formulas.
Pür Melt Away Makeup Emulsifier, $16.10 at Ulta
No7 Nourishing Cleansing Balm
Gently smooths away makeup thanks to a healthy dose of grape-seed oil.
No7 Nourishing Cleansing Balm, $14.24 at Amazon
SheaMoisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm
After a day of wearing heavy makeup, the charcoal will work to deeply penetrate the skin and remove seen and unseen grime.
Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm, $10.99 at SheaMoisture
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover
Shake, pour and rub this water onto the eyelid to remove even waterproof makeup.
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, $4.89 at Amazon
Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover
Made with aloe vera, ginseng and green tea for the most sensitive skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Makeup Remover, $4.74 at Amazon
Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk
Peach extracts, ginseng and jojoba oil are included in this lightweight milk to wipe away makeup in one fell swoop.
Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk, $11.99 at Target
Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Make Up Remover
The natural hibiscus extract in this remover makes it especially gentle on the delicate eye area.
Botanics All Bright Soothing Eye Make Up Remover, $6.99 at Ulta
St. Ives Cleansing Stick
Dermatologically tested and made with natural coconut oil, this travel-friendly stick makes makeup removal way more bearable.
St. Ives Cleansing Stick, $5.79 at Target
Almay Makeup Remover + Foaming Lotion Cleanser
If you’re not into micellar water, this heavier formula promises to remove makeup and cleanse the skin all at once.
Almay Makeup Remover + Foaming Lotion Cleanser, $8.99 at Walmart
Pond’s Cleansing Balm
Unlike the classic cold cream, this balm is a solid formula that dissolves into a silky texture that melts makeup and other grime away.
Pond’s Cleansing Balm, $9.99 at Target
Vichy One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution
A makeup remover, cleanser and toner in one, so you can skip a few steps of your normal routine.
Vichy One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution, $14.49 at Amazon
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water
Shake to activate the charcoal in this water, which gets rid of makeup in a few swipes without leaving black residue behind.
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Micellar Cleansing Water, $8.99 at Target
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