4 Ways To Remove Makeup (Beyond Makeup Wipes!)

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Removing your makeup at the end of the day is a crucial factor in achieving amazing skin. In the process, you are clearing out your pores, getting all that gunky makeup out, and giving your skin a chance to breathe.

We are going to talk about the best ways to remove makeup, but I will be leaving out the ever popular makeup wipes. This is because they are not only the most wasteful form of makeup removal, but they are usually filled with horrible ingredients.

Just think about it: those wipes have to stay wet and active while in their packaging until they are purchased and brought home to you. Not to mention, there’s a thing called mold that loves wet and dark places, like the inside of a makeup wipe package. But, why do you never see mold in those packages? Because there are crazy chemicals put in there to stop mold from growing! And you are happily mopping off your makeup with them every day.

Now, I love a good wipe on a late night when all I want to do is go to bed, and that’s fine. But there are many other equally effective ways to remove makeup on the daily that don’t include the crazy chemicals and suspicious anti-mold activity. Some of these methods are even beneficial for your skin! So here are my top 4 ways to remove makeup and how they work.

4 Ways To Remove Makeup (Beyond Makeup Wipes!)

Cleansing Oil

This is my favorite makeup removal method right now. The power of oils is high, people! Don’t get scared if you have oily skin, too. These cleansers bond with the makeup and excess oils in your skin to clear out clogged pores, and it easily washes away. They don’t leave your face feeling stripped and they do exactly what they’re meant to do.

Look for products that contain olive, grapeseed, or jojoba oils as they make for great cleansers. Be careful though as not all oils will work well for this. Coconut oil, for example, can be comedogenic, which means it can clog your pores. It makes for a great hair mask, but beware when using it as a makeup remover.

Right now, I am using Palmer’s Skin Therapy Cleansing Oil, which I love. These products tend to be on the pricier side, but they last forever and you don’t need to use that much.

Cleansing Balm

Similar to cleansing oil, cleansing balm works by grabbing onto the makeup and dirty stuff on your skin, lifting them, and washing them away. It is thicker in consistency (I like to describe it as having a “Crisco” texture) and it feels very luxurious on the skin.

Beware, many cleansing balms contain dirty ingredients, like parabens and mineral oil. The first is a commonly used preservative in the beauty industry that has been discovered to be estrogenic (basically, it messes with your hormones). The latter is another commonly used ingredient that is cheap and makes the skin appear soft and smooth. In reality, it is occlusive, which means it seals off the skin, leaving it silky smooth on top with your skin gasping for air underneath.

I found that this cleansing balm from Nyakio had better ingredients and even includes almond oil.

Micellar Water

My second favorite way to remove makeup! This one is great if you don’t wear a ton of makeup or if you want to give your skin a nice refresh. So what makes it different from plain old water? It contains balls of micelle molecules which are suspended in water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt in your pores and the water-like consistency makes for an easy, refreshing clean.

Just soak some of this onto a cotton pad and wipe away the dirt and grime of the day. It just feels like water on the skin so it won’t leave you feeling greasy or dry. I like to use this after the shower to cool down my skin and remove any makeup my cleansing oil missed (which isn’t much). I will even use this on a day when I’ve worn no makeup at all to remove any sweat or dirt.

My favorite micellar water is Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water. It gets the job done and the bottle lasts forever.

Cleansing Milks & Jellies

And then there are the trendier choices! We are seeing more of these kinds of products popping up on the market. I think it’s due to the fact that consumers are beginning to steer away from the normal cleansers of the day and are looking for products that will make their skin feel better.

Regular cleansers can be harsh and leave the skin feeling tight and dry. Cleansing milks and jellies are often much lighter, don’t foam up on the skin (a usual indicator of a product that’s going to suck the life out of your face), and leave you with a balanced and refreshed feeling.

Here are some options: Soap & Glory Peaches and Clean Deep Cleansing Milk and Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser


Look for products that contain beneficial oils, like grapeseed, jojoba, or castor, that will not only cleanse your face but moisturize it as well. Look for ingredients like Vitamin E (it might be listed as tocopherol), glycerin, or aloe, which are also highly beneficial.

You shouldn’t have to cleanse your face 5 different ways to get all of your makeup off, and it shouldn’t feel like you went through a car wash afterward, either! These 4 ways to remove makeup work on the first try and leave your skin feeling beautiful.

So throw those supposed-to-be-moldy wipes away and embrace these new ways to remove makeup!

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4 Ways To Remove Makeup (Beyond Makeup Wipes!)

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  • Reply Mariah

    I’ve always wanted to try a cleansing oil.

    January 9, 2018 at 12:36 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      It’s amazing! You’ve gotta try it 🙂

      January 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Tami

    My eyes are super sensitive and most things burn. I usually use Pond’s cold cream but I’ve never tried a cleansing oil!

    January 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Try it out! It’s much gentler than other cleansers.

      January 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Gabby

    I’ve tried most of these except cleansing oils… like you said I have oily skin so I tend to be cautious about adding anything oily to it! I’m willing to try it once though! Thanks for sharing!

    January 9, 2018 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply ShootingStarsMag

    Thanks for all these new ideas. I think the only one I’ve actually tried so far is the Micellar Water.


    January 9, 2018 at 10:11 pm
  • Reply hey sharonoox

    Great post! I really want to try the Garnier Micellar water. I’ve heard so many positive things about it.

    January 10, 2018 at 9:43 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      It’s SO good! I use it everyday 🙂

      January 10, 2018 at 9:44 am
  • Reply Kara

    This was really informative! I really need to start looking into another way to cleanse my face, I had been using wipes a while.

    January 10, 2018 at 9:59 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Thank you so much! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

      January 10, 2018 at 10:14 am
  • Reply Jessica Wandling

    I have not tried any of these, great blog! I am looking forward to trying the cleansing oil and the cleansing milk I think I will like those the best. Love this blog, very informative!

    January 10, 2018 at 1:07 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      thank you! I really appreciate that. I love my cleansing oil – it’s amazing 🙂

      January 10, 2018 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply Emily

    Thanks for sharing! I love jojoba oil as a facial cleanser.

    January 10, 2018 at 1:25 pm
  • Reply Amber | xoxo, Am

    I love cleansing oils!! They are so nice for my dry skin!

    January 10, 2018 at 1:53 pm
  • Reply Katie Braswell

    This is wonderful! Thanks for pointing out a few brands! Also, thank you for asking your readers to be aware of dirty ingredients in beauty products! It’s one of the “dirtiest” industries! <3 <3

    January 10, 2018 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Jacqui

    It’s one of those tasks that you don’t want to do but know you have too. I’ve heard great things about this oil!

    Jacqui xx

    January 10, 2018 at 5:07 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      haha right?! But it feels oh so good after!

      January 10, 2018 at 5:52 pm
  • Reply Adrianna Rivera

    I want to try the Garnier Micellar water. I’ve heard good things about it. Thanks for sharing! I will try it soon.

    January 10, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      you’ll love it, I promise!

      January 10, 2018 at 5:51 pm
  • Reply Lynn Woods

    I am the worst about this! I’m one of those people who on the very rare occasion I do wear makeup, I fall asleep in it!

    January 10, 2018 at 6:06 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Oh no! Micellar water is probably the easiest one to use on this list because you don’t have to rinse it off after. You should try it out!

      January 10, 2018 at 7:51 pm
  • Reply Renee

    I have seriously got to start taking care of my skin! Thanks for these tips!

    January 10, 2018 at 11:19 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      You’ll thank yourself in 20 years! lol

      January 11, 2018 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Ara

    You have a great blog and great tips. Visit my blog too. Thanks.

    January 11, 2018 at 7:31 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      thank you so much!

      January 11, 2018 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Bailey

    I just started using Miceller water and it is so wonderful and easy to use.

    January 11, 2018 at 8:41 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Right?! It’s one of my favorite skin care products 🙂

      January 11, 2018 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Tara

    Cleansing oil is my FAVORITE!! Transformed my skin!

    January 11, 2018 at 11:57 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Me too! It is the absolute best.

      January 11, 2018 at 12:04 pm
  • Reply Crystal // Dreams, etc.

    Cleansing oils are my favorite way to remove makeup, too. And my second favorite is also a miceller water. Not a fan of makeup wipes, but sometimes I’ll use them while traveling just because they’re convenient and easy.

    January 11, 2018 at 12:17 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      yes, yes, and yes! Hands down, makeup wipes are great for late nights and travel.

      January 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm
  • Reply Abby at WinsteadWandering

    I don’t find coconut oil to be pore-clogging at all. I started using it to moisturize and to remove makeup a few years ago because, in my mid to late 20s, I still had frequent breakouts. I didn’t get good results from the very over-the-counter and topical prescription products I tried, so I figured I had nothing to lose by trying coconut oil.

    I have had fewer than a handful of pimples in the last three plus years, and my former combination skin is soft but not greasy. I know that coconut oil might have the opposite effect on some people, but I’d say it’s worth trying for those struggling to find an all-natural breakout fix.

    January 12, 2018 at 9:32 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Absolutely! I’m so glad it worked for you 🙂

      January 12, 2018 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Lauren

    I love Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water!

    January 12, 2018 at 10:29 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Me too! I use it everyday 🙂

      January 12, 2018 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Veronica

    ooh I’m so intrigued by the cleansing jellies, I still haven’t found the perfect make up removing formula😩

    January 12, 2018 at 8:58 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      You just gotta experiment with different things! Cleansing jellies are normally very gentle on the skin which is nice 🙂

      January 15, 2018 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Jennifer Corter

    I’ve been wanting to try Micellar water. I just haven’t had a chance to get around it yet. I’ve found makeup wipes only do like, half the job they’re supposed to do sometimes!

    January 13, 2018 at 12:03 pm
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      Right? And sometimes they are so rough on the skin :/

      January 15, 2018 at 9:16 am
  • Reply Annaleid

    I really love the garnier micellar water! I usually use a cleansing oil to remove my makeup in the shower!
    xoxo Annaleid

    January 14, 2018 at 9:06 am
    • Reply nicoledarosa

      same here! It’s less messy that way lol

      January 15, 2018 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Sandra Raju

    I love using micellar water and cleansing milk, they work great. But I’ve never tried cleansing oil. Maybe I should give it a try. Though I’m a bit apprehensive about it worsening my extremely oily skin.

    February 5, 2018 at 10:11 am
    • Reply Nicole DaRosa

      It won’t make your skin more oily – I promise! I have very oily skin as well and the cleansing oil balances it so well. I don’t feel overly dry after at all and the balanced feel lasts!

      February 5, 2018 at 11:22 am

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