How to Remove Eye Makeup Using Cotton Buds During Your Night Beauty Ritual

by Roxanne C.


How to Remove Eye Makeup

Removing your makeup every night can actually be easy. I know a lot of times you may feel like it’s a chore, especially when you’re dead beat and just want to go right into bed. And besides, your eye makeup doesn’t completely get removed anyway, no matter what you do. But keeping your skin clean of gunk is the most important step to maintaining healthy skin and I’m going to show you just how you can clean your eyes the right way.


Here’s a quick tutorial on how I remove my makeup at the end of the day, starting from eye makeup and then moving on to the entire face. I show you up close and personal how to get tricky eye makeup off, especially eyeliner and mascara that doesn’t seem to budge from your lash line even after you’ve put on eye makeup remover. Cotton buds are your best friend.



The eye makeup remover I use (am on my repurchased bottle) is the L’OREAL GENTLE LIP & EYE MAKEUP REMOVER (also available on Watsons here). I like this eye makeup remover because it doesn’t sting the eyes at all, and I can open my eyes wide while using it to remove my eye makeup. It’s gentle on the eyes but tough on the makeup! Furthermore, it doesn’t stay in my eyes after washing with water and my final cleanser, the AVENE EXTREMELY GENTLE CLEANSER LOTION, so I don’t wake up the next day with blurred vision.


You would have noticed that I don’t use cotton pads to wipe my makeup off from my eyes and face. That’s because the skin around the eyes is very delicate, and you really don’t want to rub it at all, if possible. Using cotton pads can be abrasive, especially if you aren’t careful, or if you can’t seem to get to the lash line and become over-zealous in removing your makeup.


My face cleanser is the NEUTROGENA DEEP CLEAN BRIGHTENING CLEANSING OIL. I bought this once some years back as an alternative to a more expensive cleansing oil and surprisingly liked it, so I’ve continued using it since. It emulsifies well with water and works well to dissolve and remove makeup. For a product like this at a drugstore price, you really can’t find fault with it.


Sometimes, when I’m really too tired, I skip using the CLARISONIC MIA and just use my hands to emulsify my cleansing oils. However, I make it a point not to skip it more than 2 nights in a row because otherwise my pores will get clogged up.


I hope this tutorial has been helpful to you, especially if you’ve been suffering from improper removal of eye makeup. For an overall look at the different steps in my night beauty ritual, check out my blog entry here. In my next video, I’ll show you my skincare routine that follows right after cleansing, so do watch out for it! In the meantime, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!


Love the skin you’re in,