Is there anything more satisfying than nailing the perfect makeup look? As much as we enjoy experimenting with makeup, removing it shouldn't feel like a chore or, worse, a battle that leaves your skin waving the white flag.

Properly removing makeup gently is an art form and can be a ritual that respects the skin's delicate balance while ensuring it's thoroughly clean – and we’ve got the ultimate guide here. 

Micellar water: back to basics  

Let’s start with the basics: micellar water. This skincare essential contains tiny micelles that attract dirt, oil, and makeup like a magnet, lifting them away without any harsh rubbing required. It's perfect for those nights when you’re too tired for a full routine but need to quickly remove your makeup before a quick wash. 

Oil cleansing: leave no trace behind 

Oil cleansers are your secret weapon against stubborn, waterproof makeup and SPF, and are the best way to leave your skin thoroughly cleansed. Gently massage your oil or balm of choice over your face and watch as even the most waterproof makeup starts to dissolve.  

The power of double cleansing  

A classic Korean beauty ritual, double cleansing starts with an oil-based cleanser to remove makeup and finishes with a water-based or foaming cleanser to deep cleanse your pores and remove the oil cleanser residue. It's a game-changer for keeping breakouts and blackheads at bay (and leaves your skin silky-soft and smooth).  

Reusable pads: eco-friendly and effective  

Swap out single-use cotton rounds for reusable makeup remover pads. They’re not only better for the environment but are also gentler on your skin. Paired with your favorite cleansing product, they ensure a thorough cleanse without unnecessary waste.  

Gently wash it 

Whatever your choice of product, the technique you use to apply it is crucial. When washing your face, use soft, circular motions, and avoid vigorous rubbing, especially around the sensitive eye area. Your skin will thank you with less irritation and redness.  

Don’t skip the rinse  

While micellar water and some oil cleansers don’t technically require rinsing, a final splash of water can help remove any residual product, leaving your skin feeling fresh and truly clean.  

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate... then moisturize 

After cleansing, it's important to immediately restore hydration. Choose a light, hydrating toner, essence or serum with ingredients such as hyaluronic acid or Glycerin to replenish lost moisture. Follow with a good moisturizer to lock that hydration into the skin. 

Listen carefully 

Pay attention to how your skin feels after makeup removal. If you notice dryness, discomfort, or irritation, it might be time to switch to a more soothing product. Remember, skincare is personal, and what works for one person may not work for another.  

Removing your makeup shouldn’t be an afterthought in your beauty routine. By treating it with the same importance as every other step, you're not just taking off makeup; you’re caring for your skin’s health and future.