Ah, makeup! The one thing that can instantly elevates any look and makes us feel like a million bucks. Makeup plays a huge role in our day to day lives, giving us confidence and allowing us to portray a self- assured version of ourselves to everyone we meet. The plethora of makeup products available in the market spoils one for a choice. Thousands of hues and hundreds of textures can lure anyone into using multiple products at the same time. However, like all great things, makeup too comes with its own set of challenges. Challenges like are you doing it right, and are you using the best possible removal routine. Makeup removal is an integral part of your makeup regime and should be neglected in any case. Read on to know why it is so important.
Why is makeup removal important?
Makeup is composed of natural mineral extracts and synthetic compounds that, if left on for too long can cause the delicate skin on your face harm. If left on overnight, certain chemical compounds in facial and eye makeup can cause the pH balance of your face irreparable harm. Also, the makeup layers can block the sweat glands of the skin and if the makeup is kept on for a long time, it can cause a lead to some skin issues. It is therefore imperative that you clean up your makeup as soon as you return home, from work or a social function. Yes, we do know that it is rather a tough job to get on with the removal regime, after returning late from a party or function but well, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do! So, here go our simple makeup removal steps which will keep your skin, fresh and hydrated after removing all traces of makeup.
Your 6 step makeup removal routine
1. Always be prepared
Makeup removal isn’t rocket science, but preparation is the key. Returning home late from a party and not finding the correct products to remove the makeup can be a bummer. This will lead you to leave the makeup on and just snooze out. However, in order to prevent that, it’s the best that you always keep the following things handy when it comes to makeup removal.
In case, you do not have a mild makeup remover or cotton swabs, you can take a short-cut and use makeup remove wipes. Make sure that these wipes are fresh and have not expired or turned yellow in color. Never try to clean the inner rims of the eyes with makeup remover wipes. This can cause irritation.
2. Give yourself easy access to all areas
The first and most important aspect of the makeup removal process is ensuring that you have unrestricted access to all areas of your face. So before you start, ensure that your hair is put away. Tie it up in a bun, ensuring that stray locks are combed/brushed away from your face. Make sure that your hair is neatly tucked behind your ears etc. This way you will be able to access all areas of your face properly without the hair blocking your skin or your vision. The hair can also get messy if you rub the makeup remover over it by mistake.
3. Use the power of steam
One of the simplest but most often overlooked things in a makeup removal routine is the power of steam. In a shallow tub, take some warm, steaming water. Cover your head with a cloth and simply let the steam work its magic. This simple action will unclog your facial pores, instantly dislodging any remnants of makeup that are clogging them up. Instantly noticeable is the ease with which the stubbornest of residue comes off.
4. Never be too harsh on your eyes
The skin around your eyes is extra sensitive and thin. This means that vigorous rubbing, pulling and unwarranted stretching will cause grave harm. Many a time, we rub our lashes too hard or poke our eyes in order to remove the waterproof makeup. However, excessive rubbing can cause the eyelashes to break or even irritate the eye. In order to remove kohl, mascara or any other eye makeup, ensure that you do so slowly, by dabbing a makeup remove dipped cotton swab on the makeup and wiping off in a smooth gentle motion.Also, it is recommended that you rinse your eyes with cool or lukewarm water, thereafter. For the skin around the eyes, use a soft cotton ball to gently get rid of the makeup.
5. Massage makeup away
When using a gentle and safe makeup remover like the ColoressencePerfect Makeup Remover, it is a good idea to dab it into your skin, in a gentle, circular motion. Pamper yourself with the silky feel of the product and allow it to soak up the excess chemicals that are on the surface and in your pores. Wash away the residue of makeup remover with warm water to expel all the crud completely. Follow this up with a cold water rinse in order to help seal off any open pores.
6. Finish off with a toner or aloevera gel
Once you’re done with cleansing your skin of any and all excess makeup, it is a wonderful idea to finish off with a gentle lotion in order to give your skin the nutrition it craves. A lightweight, oil-free lotion is the best option as this will make your skin softer, with no tension of the messy, oily feeling. Alternatively, you can also use aloevera gel or a toner to soothe the skin.
Makeup removal is an often-times ignored process, but with this simple step-by-step guide, there are no more excuses for NOT indulging in it. Until next time, color your spirit, ladies and watch this space for more makeup tutorials, easy DIY looks and lots more. As always we are most interested in hearing your opinions, feedback and suggestions. You could leave us your thoughts in the comments below, or make yourself heard on Facebookor Instagram!