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Have you been taking off your eye make up the wrong way? If you struggle to get the globs of mascara and the lick of eyeliner off at the end of a long day, you might need to not only review your technique but you also need to get a good product under your wing.
1. You’re rubbing too harshly. The not-pretty effects of going aggro on your eyes are redness and irritation, which can lead to flaking, plus increased dryness and, over time, the formation of fine lines. Using too much force is a major no when it comes to your eyes.
To remove makeup quickly and painlessly, soak a cotton pad with a dual-phase (a hybrid of water and oil) eye makeup remover, then gently wipe over eyes in one quick go — no harsh rubbing or pressure. The oil helps break down your makeup and helps lift makeup off the skin and off eyelashes.
2. You’re using a regular facial cleanser on your eyes. The eye area is the thinnest skin on your face, so it’s also very, very sensitive. Handle the skin around your eyes like a baby’s and be very delicate about it.”
Classic face washes — you know, the ones that lather and suds up — can be drying on your skin, let alone on your eyes. The worst thing you can do is dry out the skin around your eyes. You can get lichenification, which is when the skin looks lined or almost a little leathery. Then, when you put your eyeshadow on, it doesn’t deposit evenly and catches in all the nooks and crannies. Not to mention, excess suds around your eyes is never a good idea — you’re asking for tears. Instead, look for gentle, moisturising eye makeup wipes that have just the right amount of removing liquid.
3. You’re moving back and forth over eyes with a cotton pad. Creating the perfect cat-eye is all about precision; removing the damn thing with a just-right motion is every bit as crucial. Instead of running the cotton pad back and forth over your lids, which can irritate skin and pull out lashes, try this pro method: Swipe gently across your lash line moving from [the inner corner of your eyes outward]. Then go back to the inner corner and make short downward motions, following your lashes across your eye until you reach the outer corner.
And never go back to swipe underneath eyes either. (If you do the above correctly, you won’t need to because you’re removing makeup from the upper lid and lower lashes simultaneously.
(Thanks to Cosmo for the tips)
For a really easy to use eye make up remover, we love Guinot Demaquillant Express Yeux – Eye Make-up Remover is a two-phase makeup remover which:
- Removes eye make-up thoroughly and with minimum effort.
- Removes all types of make-up (even waterproof).
- Leaves no greasy residue.