Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Remove Your Makeup The Right Way

How many of you remove your eye makeup every night before you go to bed? ........ That's what I thought. The truth is a lot of us are just too tired when it's time to go to bed that we say "I'll take it off tomorrow morning in the shower." That's just too easy. To tell you the truth, no matter how much I hear about taking care of my skin there are still some nights I just don't want to do it. I'm going to help you make your night time routine just a little bit faster and easier.

You'll need the following:
1. A cotton pad, cotton ball, lint-free cotton pad, etc etc
2. A few cotton swabs.
2. Your choice of eye makeup remover... I suggest the following:

Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
Clinique Take the Day Off Eye Makeup Remover

I know these are a lot of ingredients, but they make getting the eye makeup off easiest.
Alight, so start off by taking your cotton pad/cotton ball (cotton balls can be unravelled so they're long, you can cheat by only using half the cotton you normally would) and getting it pretty soaked with eye makeup remover. Next, take the cotton and gently dab it over your eyes. Don't rub your eye makeup off! Not only do you not have to (especially if you use this method) but it's just plain bad for your eyes. Dabbing your eye with the saturated cotton will make your makeup soak up the eye makeup remover.
So, continue dabbing all over your eyes, once you've dabbed them well you can start doing a dab-swipe motion where you place the cotton ball on your eye and gently swipe in a very small motion to pick up the makeup, swipe down over your eyelashes. Now, with the same piece of cotton, fold it in half so the dirty side is on the inside. Now wedge the folded cotton under your eye so it's under your lashes. Take the cotton swab and dampen it with warm water and wipe your eyelashes down on the cotton. This is the easiest way to remove your mascara without making a huge mess.... guaranteed. You can then clean up any excess with your cotton and clean the lower and upper lashline with the cotton swab.

More tips for makeup removal/cleansing!
  • Rub in your cleanser in upward strokes and circles
  • Start at your neck then move to your chin, under your nose, your nose, up the centre of your nose, your forehead, then circles around your eyes, then your cheeks, repeat 2-3 times
  • Rinse everything off your face completely
  • Tone by "rolling" the toner into your skin so your skin soaks it in
  • If your cleanser doesn't contain toning ingredients make sure you're using a toner
  • Make sure all of your makeup is removed before you tone, toner is not meant for removing the excess makeup that's left on your face, or removing excess oils it's meant to restore the PH level of your face which keeps you from getting clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Always use a moisturiser, even if you're skin is oily. If you don't then your skin tries to make up for the "lack" of oil by producing more, which works against you.
More tips soon!