Bionic Asks: How do you remove makeup?

by Bionic Beauty on 29.Sep.2010 · 10 comments

Bionic Beauty Asks - Makeup and beauty question blog article series

This week’s Bionic Asks… How do you remove your eye, lip, and face makeup?

I still use my homemade eye makeup remover – just a few quick swipes over my eyes. I also use this homemade mixture if I’ve got one of those “long wear” lip colors on. Those can be tough to remove and rather than scrubbing my lips raw- the oils in my mix lift the color away easily.

Then I wash my face really well with plain water and a soft microfiber cloth. Next I follow with my normal face wash (my go-to standard is Lexli’s Cleansing Lotion).

So what’s your makeup removal technique?


1 Amanda September 29, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I simply use makeup remover cloths!!! Forget liquid makeup remover and cotton swabs!!!

2 Tashi September 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

I use Kirk’s Original Castille soap and a washcloth for my face. Almay Moisturizing Remover Pads for eye makeup. I don’t use any long-wearing lip color, just eyeliner or shadow. And it comes off fine for *me* with the Almay pads. I use Cetaphil cleanser when I can afford it, which hasn’t been for some time. A little trick?? Use baby wipes for removing makeup. I do that on occasion. It’s cheap and effective. I have heard it suggested by makeup experts, which is cool. I don’t know from who or how I heard it. I carry a travel size of wipes with me in my purse or tote bag.

3 Phyrra September 29, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I use Neutrogena oil-free makeup remover 🙂

4 Bionic Beauty September 29, 2010 at 10:07 pm

The wipes and baby wipes are great, I agree! I just can’t use them since I’m allergic to glycerin on my face. 🙁 But I do always request the free samples of the wet cloths/baby wipes so I can keep them in the car or for on-the-go cleanups. Very handy (forgive the pun!).

Phyrra, I’ve heard good things about Neutrogena’s version. It’s a lot like Lancome’s Bi-facil but much cheaper, right?


5 Phyrra September 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I’ve never tried Lancome, but I bought the Neutrogena one after trying the Nyx one and loving it. I started with the Sephora one, moved to Nyx, got tired of the Nyx not being available in stores, so went to Neutrogena. LOVE it.

6 Bionic Beauty September 29, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Gotcha. I tried Lancome’s when they sent me a sample a few years ago. It was nice and gentle, but it’s SO dang expensive. There’s no way I am going to budget that much cash for makeup remover. Nope.

I’ll definitely check out the Neutrogena one on my next drugstore trip – even if just to have a look. I just made up a new batch of my own makeup remover, so I’m set for a bit; but… I’m always happy to spend time browsing the drugstore makeup aisles!

7 Phyrra September 29, 2010 at 11:52 pm

I think it’s a good one because I can do several makeup looks in one day without my eyelids turning red and swelling shut. It’s pretty gentle and works nicely. I keep meaning to try olive oil, since some many people rave about oil cleansers.

8 Tashi September 30, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Yeah, the baby wipes are great. I don’t try to remove mascara with them, though. I have travel size jars of my Almay makeup remover pads for that. And I can just refill them when they’re empty.

I’ve never tried that Neutrogena stuff that Phyrra mentioned. But I, too may take a look-see at the store. Thanks, Phyrra, for the mention! I have tried several Neutrogena products before. I always like trying new things, even if I am satisfied with a current item.

Jami, DO tell — your recipe for makeup remover? Did you or Joycey discuss it before? I can’t remember.

9 Bionic Beauty October 3, 2010 at 7:42 pm

Hi Tashi, Here’s my personal DIY recipe for making your own makeup remover-
The bonus is that it doubles as an eyelash conditioner because of all the good-for-your eyelash ingredients in the oils. It also helps moisturize your delicate eye area without any irritation or pulling. 🙂 Let me know if you try it!

During my last bottle I made, I also added 2 drops of lavender oil. I use a 4 ounce plastic bottle that I saved from a previous Jojoba Oil (that I used up). 4 ounces works for me because it stays fresh, is small enough to be packable, and the 2 drops of lavender oil make it smell delicious and help me relax before bed!

10 Tashi October 4, 2010 at 4:04 am

I checked out that link you included. I completely forgot not only that you wrote that piece, but that I commented on it, way back when. Hopefully, I’ll remember to try the homemade remover soon. Thanks for the link/reminder. 🙂

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