How to Remove Stubborn Makeup When Face Wipes Just Won't Cut It

Caitlin M.
ByCaitlin M.

Ever applied a lipstick only to find it won't budge once the night is over? What about an eyeliner that lasts a bit longer than the party? As much as we might love our makeup look, when it's time to end the night, let's be honest, we want all remains of the day off gone for good! To help you battle stubborn makeup, we chatted with a makeup artist and a New York City model to get their best insider makeup removal tips—for when face wipes just won't cut it.

For eyes:

For eyeshadow, eyeliner, and mascara that won't budge, both of our experts turn to oil to remove the day's makeup. "There are lots of amazing eye makeup removers in the market, but my favorite is unprocessed 100 percent coconut oil," says Min Min Ma, a Honey Makeup Artist. "Simple and super effective, it gets rid of stubborn eyeliners, works wonder on waterproof mascara, and not to mention it's moisturizing and soothing for the delicate skin around the eyes."

STATE Model Management model Pirina Dzhupanova prefers oil as well. "I like dipping a Q-tip in my almond oil and passing it through my lashes as if I were putting on a mascara," she explains. "It's gentle but effective to actually remove your mascara." Curious about lingering glitter or sparkles? Ma says the best way to kiss these babies goodbye is to run coconut oil over the area, then take scotch tape to gently pick off the sparkles one by one.

For the face:

Typically, long-lasting foundation and concealer is a good thing. But when you wake up to find some foundation smeared on your pillow case, that forever formula looks less and less appealing. "At the moment, I am using Andalou Natural Meyer Creamy Cleanser with Manuka honey," says Dzhupanova. "It washes out your makeup very nicely, smells delicious, and it's very gentle on the skin. It also contains rose hip oil, which is one of my favorite ingredients to have in my face skin products!"

Looking for other options? Ma favors La Roche-Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser and Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution. "They're gentle even on sensitive skin," she says. "You can use these products on their own as a makeup remover or double them as a remover and a cleanser. Generously soak the product onto a cotton pad and in circular motion, gently wipe off the makeup. Repeat until the cotton pad is clean."

For lips:

For kiss that won't quit reach for a natural oil like coconut or almond to get the job done. For something a tad stonger, reach for Ma's favorite, MAKE UP FOR EVER Sens'Eyes Waterproof Sensitive Eye Cleanser. Yes, it might be labeled for eyes, but trust us, it's strong enough for lips! "Soak the cleanser onto a cotton pad, massage the lips for few seconds and remove the residues with a clean cotton pad," says Ma of removal. "This product is so good that I doubt you'll need a second round!"

What makeup removers do you swear by? Share with us below!

About the Author
Caitlin M.
Caitlin M.
Runner. Music lover. All things nachos. Follow me on Instagram: @caitlinsmiller