I have oily/combo/acneprone skin. I use many different types of makeup removers depending on how my day is ending or if I’m on-the-go. My skin is also sensitive so it gets irritated when I use wipes (but I still use them). I always say ‘stick to removers that are not harsh on your skin’ [unless you skin can handle it…LUCKY BABES!].

When you’re taking the day off of your face what do you use? Makeup wipes? Makeup remover oils or balms? How do you remove waterproof makeup? What’s the perfect waterproof makeup remover?

** My tip on eye makeup: Use a balm or liquid. With the balm you want to gently massage for a good 30 seconds before wiping off with a warm towel or tissue.

GENTLY is the key word here, don’t be rough. Be nice to your eyes and lashes!. With liquid/waters, you can easily get it inside your eyes [guilty of doing it plenty of times]. Even getting water in your eyes can be irritating so imagine getting anything else in it. My suggestion is dampen 2 cotton rounds and lightly dab onto your eyes and then leave them on like an eye mask for a few minutes. Gently wipe and it should easily come off. Again, the key word is GENTLY. It may take a little more time than a faster and tougher rub but just like we are careful with skincare, take the same process for makeup removal. Your eye lids and under eyes will thank you in the future. **

Of the different categories of makeup removers there are some brands and products I go back and forth with. But I’ll be sharing the top selections I keep one or two of each kind on hand because I never know… I also stock up on travel sizes! Mainly for travel but also mainly because I have a skincare/makeup obsession.

1. Waters/Liquid

Micellar waters have become quite popular in the makeup removal realm. It’s technically not oil-free but it feels just loike washing water over your face.  Whichever brand you use, I suggest using an ample amount on a cotton round. You don’t want it dripping all over your face but you do want it too dry where you start scrubbing your face with it. The oils in the micellar water work to remove makeup and dirt. Your skin feels so fresh afterwards. I did read some gurus don’t even use a cleanser sometimes which I think would be totally fine when you’re too tired to do an entire nighttime routine. Something is better than nothing!

Garnier Micellar Waters (about $6.26) I am always fully stocked with the Garnier original (pink) micellar water makeup remover. Ever since they came out, I’ve been using it all the time. Even on a day I’m not wearing makeup, I’ll use this for a quick pick-me-up/cleanse. It also comes in Blue (Waterproof makeup) and Green (Mattifying: Oily Skin). I’ve had no problems with the Original getting off waterproof makeup/liquid lipsticks. Even though the green sounds perfect for me; I didn’t feel like I really needed it. Personally the Pink does everything I need and feels the freshest to me. The cost is roughly the same (give or take 10-20cents) at places like Target, Safeway, Walmart. Amazon has different options an including bundles and kits.

Benefit Remove It Makeup Remover

When I feel like splurging, this is my go-to!. Benefit Cosmetics is one of my oldest, favorites brands. They have the CUTEST packaging and are always improving and adding new products to their company. For a liquid remover, I love this. I read some reviews that this burned people’s eyes… (Please refer to above ***tips). Not only do I love this potion bottle packaging it gets makeup off easier and faster. 


Here’s a bonus for you! Since I love so many different products from Benefit. Spend $35 and try Benefit’s Brightening Foundations (*I’ll be doing a post on foundations soon!). Enter  one of the codes for the shade you want. 

2. Balms

Balms are one of the less abrasive products for makeup removal. Balms are oilier and melts the makeup off your face. This makes it one of the best options for waterproof makeup because of the melting effect from the oils.

Banila Co. Zero $17.13: The Banila Co. is my favorite! They have 4 different types (Pink: Originial, Green: Revitalizing, Purple: Purifying, Yellow: Nourishing).

I use the Green: Revitalizing though I do want to try to other 3 as well. Luckily Amazon has a 4-Pack of trial sizes for cheaper than one jar! (Try the 4-Pack!! $13.95) I really like the Zero because it feels so good on my skin.. which is probably what I’ll say about all cleansing balms. But for the price and what it does, I prefer this. Balms are the most effective but the con would be it can also be the messiest.

, take a 1/4 Tbsp amount and start rubbing into your face. Your makeup will spread EVERYWHERE. Be ready for ultimate racoon eyes (depending how much makeup you wear).
Next, Once everything is blended into a disaster, take a tissue or warm towel and gently wipe away.
Then, start your cleansing routine.
With the Nourishing balm, my skin feels nourished while melting away everything.
Last Tip; I’ve been doing eyelash extensions for about 6 months now.  I’m super careful when using a balm and try not to go anywhere near my eyes because the oils will detach the lashes. I’ll go in with some micellar water to get my eye area. [It’s a hassle but the price I pay for getting lash extensions].

Other balms you may consider (available at Sephora):
Clinique Take The Day Off $29.50 [Line also has oils, cleaners and wipes]
Drunk Elephant Makeup Melting Butter Cleanser $34.00

3. Wipes

Wipes are the most common type of makeup remover. Mainly because they are the easiest and most convenient to use. However, if you’re like me, no matter how softly you wipe, it leaves your skin irritated. This is why I only limit usage to dire quick needs only [Honestly, when you drank a little too much and are incapable of the entire cleansing process; or just straight up feeling lazy; ‘guilty’!!].

Yes! Wipes 2-pk ($8.98) (many types) I prefer the Cucumber as it’s the most calming and refreshing!!
Garnier Micellar Water Wipes $3.18-$6.00 (pink, blue, green, black)
Neutrogena Wipes 2-pk ($8.97) (blue, pink, teal, lavender)
KYLIESKIN wipes ($10.00) I ordered two packs when the initial launch happened (Read my initial review on the entire KYLIESKINcare line). They’re okay, and I love the packaging, but I don’t think they’re anything extraordinary.


4. Cleanser

Last but not least, if you just want to get straight to the soap & water part, I recommend Philosophy Purity Foaming 3-in-1 Gel Cleanser $23 . Philosophy Purity has a full line for different cleaning/clarifying products but for a full effect, you need to get the 3-in-1 cleanser. It removes face makeup, eye makeup and dirt from your face.  This cleanser is definitely the best for those with sensitive skin and don’t like to use wipes or tissue or anything that requires some kind of rubbing. All you do is proceed as if you are cleansing your face and it takes the makeup right off and leaves your skin feeling clean and FRESH.



I hope you got a good idea of what will work for you and what won’t. I highly recommend at least having wipes on hand. Remember, taking off your makeup is very important to proper skincare. But seeing that people are mostly concerned with less abrasive or good for waterproof makeup, I suggest the Philosophy Purity Foaming 3-in-1 Gel Cleanser $23 and the Banilo Co. Zero 4-Pack $13.95. Let me know what removers you have tried. Or if you tried any of my suggestions; what was your experience with them?

Happy Cleansing!



  1. It always amazes me how many products are targetted toward women’s faces. I do agree that makeup can accentuate her natural beauty and give her the freedom to look how she wants. It’s incredible how far it has come and how long it has existed and with it the methods of removing it.

    Not that I use the products, but the post was very informative and worth the read.

  2. Great article! I’m a fan of the balms for removing eye makeup, they seem to get the most makeup off without leaving residue on your lashes. Makeup wipes seem to be a little harsh for my skin, I always get a reaction around the eye area, but are certainly the best best if you’re traveling or if you’re doing makeup on location. If I’m doing makeup for a photo shoot for guys, they always want to wipe their face off immediately afterwards. I just wish they had a longer shelf life, even in a plastic resealable baggy they tend to dry out fast.

    1. so true about the shelf life of wipes! Surprisingly the KylieSkin wipe have a good stick on them! The Neutrogena doesn’t. Still I actually store mine in another ziplock bag. It’s a little annoying but makes them last a little longer.

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