10 Ways to Take Off the Most Stubborn Makeup!


I have a pack of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes on my nightstand, and I swear by them. Quick, easy, refreshing and convenient, but sometimes a towelette just isn’t enough. For those waterproof-mascara, heavy-duty-foundation nights, you’re going to need something a little stronger to get all the residue off your face. Whether you’re into store bought items or DIY ideas, there are tons of different ways to remove stubborn makeup. Get inspired by checking out our ten favorite makeup removal methods, below. Some might really surprise you!



Last week on the blog, we detailed how micellar water can transform your skincare routine. If you want a refresher on the ingenious product, check out the post here. Micellar water is composed of micelles (tiny oil molecules suspended in water), which attract dirt and oil (aka makeup) without drying out your skin. One of the best on the market? Simple’s Cleansing Micellar Water. It will leave your skin moisturized and hydrated, plus it’s a fraction of the price of many other micellar waters at $8.


You know how your great your skin feels when you sit in a sauna for ten minutes? Get the same effect at home by applying steam to your face. Soak a small washcloth in hot water. Let it cool off a bit so you don’t burn your face. Let the cloth rest over your face for a few minutes to open up your pores. Follow it up by cleansing your face the way you normally do. You’ll be amazed by how much cleaner your face will feel!



Who would’ve thought one of the best natural makeup removers was sitting in your pantry this whole time?! Olive oil is great for removing tough makeup, especially waterproof formulas. Since the opposite of water is oil, that’s what’s most effective at dealing with waterproof products. Oil breaks down waterproof formulas – your mascara will glide off your lashes. The nutritional properties in olive oil, like vitamins A and E, will also help nourish and moisturize your skin.


Coconut oil is one of the biggest multi-taskers in the beauty world – it can do it all: remove makeup, moisturize, whiten teeth, tame frizz, etc. You makeup will break down before your eyes with this wonder product. Apply it to your face and eyes, let it sit for a minute, then wipe away with a cotton pad. It does all the work for you, so you won’t have to rub and tug at your delicate under-eye area. Perfect for heavy eye makeup and waterproof mascara.


This is a great hack for new moms who surely have tons of baby oil lying around their homes! Baby oil is a ‘best of both worlds’ beauty product: tough enough to remove waterproof makeup, yet gentle enough to keep skin soft and smooth. Soak a cotton ball in Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Oil, let it rest on your eye for about 20-30 seconds, then wipe off your eye makeup. The gentle oil will lock in moisture on your skin, leaving you with skin that’s literally as soft as a baby’s bottom.



Vaseline is one of the best ways to remove stubborn eye makeup – it really works well. I wouldn’t recommend using it on your face. The extremely thick formula can clog your pores, and make skin feel heavy. Apply a bit on your eyes with a cotton pad, wipe off and cleanse after to avoid any irritation. It’s ideal for those nights where you just had to try a super dark smoky eye with lots of lashes! Apply any leftover product on your lips for a moisturizing DIY lip balm.


There are tons of DIY makeup remover recipes out there, but this sweet-smelling one is one of my favorites. Mix some raw honey with a bit of baking soda (apply a few drops of your favorite oil if you want to make it less sticky). Apply the mixture to your face with a clean, warm cloth and watch as your makeup melts away. This DIY recipe is a 2-in-1 – it works as both a cleanser and makeup remover.


This is arguably the most surprising option on the list: straight-up avocados can remove makeup! Use a Q-tip to take a chuck out of a fresh avocado – the nourishing oils will remove any and all makeup. The fatty acids and vitamins in the superfood will also act as a makeshift eye cream. Use any leftovers for guacamole! 😉


This soothing DIY concoction lasts up to six months, so whip up a batch and reach for it whenever you want to take off heavy makeup. Mix two tablespoons of jojoba oil with 2 tbsp of witch hazel and 2 tbsp of water. Shake or stir the mixture to makeup sure it all combines, then apply to your eyes and skin with a cotton pad. The jojoba oil is similar to your skin’s natural oils, so it reacts well with most skin types. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties and moisturizes skin like no other. Witch hazel is like a natural astringent, so it’s fantastic for using on your skin and shrinking the appearance of pores.



This buzzed-about new product is the real deal. Apply warm water to this super-soft miracle cloth, and all your makeup will fade away. The chemical-free Makeup Eraser is designed to remove even the heaviest stage and theatre makeup. If you think it sounds too good to be true, you need to try it out yourself – prepare to be amazed.

What’s your favorite way to get rid of stubborn makeup? Let us know in the comments below and on PAMPADOUR.COM!

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