By ZOE FOSTER
During a catch up with some friends on the weekend, it transpired that three of the six dames present were using the wrong makeup remover for their mascara of choice. Obviously I left mid-meal and screamed home to write this, lest you foxes be making the same error.
If you use regular mascara:
Use a dual-phase oil and water remover (like Lancôme Bi Facil) for quick and very efficient results, (but a no-no for lash extensions). These are especially good if you wear a lot of liner and shadow with your mascara. Or, just stick to a regular, water-based eye makeup remover, the kind we all grew up with. The Body Shop Camomile Remover and Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover (so great for sensitive skin) are both good.
When you use, be sure to dab onto a cotton pad (yes, tissues and dunny paper are too abrasive, before you ask), hold over the closed eye, then wipe down the lashes (not horizontally – very wrinkle-causing).
Or, cheat and use eye makeup pads, like the Almay ones (choose the oil-free ones as the oily ones can leave debris in the eye which is ANNOYING), which I have been using steadily for about seven years and simply press and wipe on my face after cleansing to remove all leftovers and really clean the eye exceptionally indeed. Then cleanse.
Or, if travelling/lazy/drunk, use a very decent makeup remover wipe, like MACs or La Biosthetique Belavance Make-up Remover Towelettes.
This is where oil becomes necessary. The best way to go about it is to use a cleansing oil, which is not only terrifically moisturising, gentle and excellent at removing all makeup and dirt without disrupting your skin’s barrier, but was originally developed as a gentle alternative for stage and film actresses who had many makeup changes a day, and their skin was getting ratty and red from all the makeup removing.
Cleansing oils emulsify once you add water and massage them onto (dry) skin, then it all glides off as you rinse, so there’s no need to double cleanse, although many women do from habit, and that’s fine.