How To: Remove Makeup Properly

September 16, 2006

Taking it all off is probably one of the most tedious yet unavoidable chores for all you makeup addicts out there. Today I will cover briefly how you can take everything off without spending hours and hours in the bathroom.

Face Makeup
The best way to take off all facial makeup is to use a cleansing oil followed by a foam/gentle cleanser. My newest faves are Kose Softymo Super-cleansing Oil followed by Clean and Clear Daily Pore Cleanser.

Eye Makeup
To remove eye makeup effortlessly, pick a duo-phase eye makeup remover like Lancome Bi-facil or Ponds Bare and Repair. Simply soak a cotton pad with the remover and press against your eyelid for 10-15 seconds. Next, dip a Q-tip soaked with remover, close your eyes and gently go back and forth on your lashes to remove any remaining mascara. Whatever you do, remember to use *extra* care since the skin around your eyes is only 0.5mm thick.

Lip Makeup
The best way to remove lip makeup is to use a remover made specifically for it (try the one by Kanebo). If you can’t find it, simply use cleansing oil or Ponds Cold Cream.


  • Reply ITS SO CLOUDY!! September 16, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    ponds cold cream is actually pretty awesome.

    i use it on my whole face to remove all makeup.

  • Reply bet September 17, 2006 at 5:11 am

    hey, is it true that we Asians=yellow skin based MUST no matter what use yellow based foundation? im really confused here. cos its lk we r yellow, and we still gotta put something yellowish on our faces?? haha. pls guide me!

    2. what exactly are tones, shades, undertones? and who’s warm, cool?
    im having a big problem here..

    *MAC, NC range are for yellow? but i always thought Asians are Warm tones. hope u can clarify my doubts!! will really appreciate=D

  • Reply Poliya September 17, 2006 at 7:11 am

    Hi Phyllis!

    Did you try the Viva Glam VI lipstick? What do you think about?

  • Reply Phyllis September 17, 2006 at 11:10 am

    hey Bet, NOT all Asians should use yellow-based foundations, only those with yellow undertone(please note the difference). Think about it this way, people buy foundations to even out their skintone/cover up flaws so you should try to find a perfect match to your natural skintone. If you have warm undertones yet use a foundation with cool undertones, it will only look really unnatural. When we use the term “yellow-based”, it does not mean bright yellow. The color should still look like flesh with just a teeny bit of yellowness in it. Having said that, you should avoid really yellow looking foundations.

    If you need a more detailed explanation, I can write an entry on this.

  • Reply Bet September 17, 2006 at 10:51 pm

    yes phyllis! i need a detailed explanation.. i’m from Singapore/asian. and i just got a NC range foundation. just wondering(im confused) we have warm(yellow) undertones, how come we’re using Neutreul Cool range? omg so confusing.

    okay okay so i just gotta remember, next time if im getting any make up, i should just go for yellow based?

    p/s: this is off topic, but im also having probs getting blushes. sick of sticking to the same colour! May i know if for teens like me should avoid really dark colours, say apricot peach dark pink. we should go for purple-ish pink?

  • Reply Phyllis September 24, 2006 at 4:14 am

    Yes teens should avoid really dark colors and it’s not just blush, it’s pretty much everything else – dark lipstick, dark eyeshadow etc. Having said that, there are still a gazillion colors you can choose for your blush. Peach, pink and berry are all good colors. The key is to pick a color that looks natural.

    Please also read the following for makeup tips for teens:

  • Reply yoori March 23, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    I’m so happy you use Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser! I’ve been using it as my daily cleanser, but almost all of my friends hate on it, saying that Clean & Clear products suck. I don’t know about their other products, but I LOVE their Daily Pore Cleanser! It’s so cheap and effective!

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