How To: Remove Makeup Properly

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.

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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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