The Do’s and Don’ts of Removing Makeup

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Forgetting to wash makeup at the end of the day is something that we all do from time to time. I have gone to bed more than once without washing my face for a variety of reasons; my skin is already irritated, I am too tired, I don’t have any face wash, I feel like I sweated off my makeup already….the list goes on. But as a rule, I really try to do at least the bare minimum when it comes to taking off my makeup. And I have learned that not taking off makeup properly or with out using proper face wash, especially around the eyes, can have detrimental results.

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My beautiful dancer in full hair and makeup.

Last May, my daughter was competing in a lot of dance competitions, and had been wearing lots of makeup and then removing it for quite a few days in a row. At dance competitions, wearing false eyelashes is required, so sometimes glue and other makeup gets stuck in her lash line. However she also had one dance with Red grease type makeup that went around one eye. She is really good about washing her face off at night, but one evening I noticed a large red ring around the bathtub, which was a result of her washing off this makeup. I can only guess now that it must have gotten into her eye and clogged one of her eye ducts. It wasn’t on her top lash line, like the eyelash glue, but rather on the bottom.

The following pictures are rather disgusting – sorry if you are queasy!

It started out like a small stye and she said it was itchy and irritated. After a month, it hadn’t gone a way. By the second month it started growing in size, and becoming a hindrance as it looked awful, and she couldn’t see properly or wear makeup. After a huge runaround with the BC Medical System, we finally got in to see a Pediatric Ophthalmologist through a connection of a friend. Because my daughter’s infection was inhibiting her vision, the doctor did surgery in his office that day. I am happy that we got it solved without further damage. And we learnt an important lesson about washing off eye makeup and not clogging ducts in an already oily area.

So after this whole fiasco, and having had some problems myself with various makeup removers, I have some very strong opinions about how to remove heavy makeup.


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1) Noxema – This is my Number One choice for makeup removal. Slather it all over your entire face and let it penetrate for 20 or 30 seconds. The use your fingers and water to rub it around and get the makeup to start moving off. After this, you can use a washcloth around your eye area, or preferable, use baby wash to additionally shampoo your lashes. This prevents any oils from settling into those tender tear ducts.

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2) Pond’s Cold Cream –  Again, this product is a bit old-school, but one of the best gentle ways to remove heavy makeup before you actually use a cleanser around the eye area (if you feel you need it). Some people feel like this is enough as a nightly routine, especially older women with a tendency toward dry skin. I like to cleanse my face a bit after, but then follow up with a moisturizer.

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3) Beautycounter Cleansing Balm – I am using this myself presently, because I signed up to sell Beautycounter for a bit and now am a preferred member (read about my Direct Sales Fail here). At $94, it is a higher end product, but you know that you aren’t putting any fillers or chemically-laced ingredients on your face, as Beautycounter is committed to a higher level of safety in their products.


1) Baby Wipes or Makeup Wipes – I have found that makeup wipes leave a residue on the skin. Often times using something like makeup wipes/baby wipes, pulls and tugs at the gentle skin around the eyes and can cause swelling or dryness. Once when I had a TV appearance (in my former life as a Colour Expert!), the makeup artist applied a lot of very heavy concealer around my eyes. While it looked great for TV, when I left the studio, I didn’t want to look so heavily made-up for my later appointments. Unfortunately, I only had baby wipes with me, and used those to remove the makeup around my eyes. I didn’t take off the makeup completely but rather, just sort of blotted off the excess so it wasn’t settling into the lines! I felt a little itchy later in the day, but by the next day, both eyes were swollen. They were hypo-allergenic, fragrance-free wipes, so I can only look back and think that it was merely from the tugging and pulling at the gentle skin around my eye area. And then also not following up with moisturizer.

2) Vaseline – Some people swear by Vaseline as a makeup remover, however, I just can’t stand the film that it leaves on my face and then the barrier on the pores after. Even following up with a cleanser, I don’t believe that this is the best thing for your skin.

So there you have it – Makeup Removal 101. It is an important lesson for everyone – always take off your makeup properly. Isabella has recovered just fine from her eye condition – it could have been much worse.

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