When it comes to removing makeup, make sure you do a proper job or your laziness may come back to haunt you in the form of bumps or worse yet, breakouts. And no, waking up with panda eyes from the remains of your mascara or eyeliner is never a good look. We love these new makeup removers because first, they work, and second, they're gentle on skin.
1. Shu Uemura skin purifier oleo:moist active-encapsulated cleansing oil gel, $50
Most in-the-know people love Shu Uemura's Cleansing Oils which remain the industry gold standard. But for those who find the oils difficult to travel with or who want a different texture, this treatment, oil-gel works just as well but is admittedly easier to manage. Great for moisture-depleted skin, the formula contains Japanese muguet herb and vitamin E and is designed to block water evaporation. Best for removing sunscreen and base makeup.
2. Bioderma Sensibio H20 Solution Micellaire, $42.90
What could make one of our favourite makeup removers even better? Try a jumbo, 500ml size and pump cap — similar to the ones manicurists use in nail salons for acetone. Beloved by makeup artists and real women alike, this gentle makeup remover does the job without stinging the eyes or the skin around your delicate peepers. Grab this limited-edition version before it sells out.
3. Katfood #NoFilter Makeup Remover, $29.90
If you're the kind of girl who likes Birkenstocks and abhors parabens and colourants in your skincare, you'll adore this local brand's makeup remover. Made from a blend of coconut, castor and avocado oil, this not only removes stubborn mascara, it conditions eyebrows and eyelashes over time. Remember to hold your saturated cotton pad over your closed eyes for at least eight seconds to really allow your remover to work.