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10 Gentle Ways to Remove Eye Makeup Naturally for Sensitive Eyes
I agree that some hypoallergenic products just don’t meet up expectations. Here’s
a list of things which I found to be really helpful in my own experience, and I hope
they work well for you too.
What You Can Use to Remove Makeup for Sensitive Eyes
1. My eyes are also very sensitive and tried almost everything to remove eye makeup.
And then, one fine day, I discovered this super affordable product in a local drugstore
– Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser. It worked like charm to remove light makeup and
I haven't had any issues at all.
Cetaphil is extremely gentle on the skin; it doesn't irritate and sting like most
"gentle" cleansers. And, I also like the fact that it's fragrance-free and non-comedogenic,
which is great for my acne-prone skin. I suggest squirting a small amount on a cotton
pad, and apply directly to your eye area to remove makeup. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
doesn't need to be rinsed off, but I usually rinse my face to make sure no sticky
In place of cotton pads, you can also use your fingertips to gently massage the eyelid
area to help remove eye makeup residue, or a soft cloth.
If you need to remove stage makeup, I would suggest Maybelline Expert Eyes 100% oil-free
makeup remover (blue cap). It removes washable mascara and eye makeup without oily
2. One of my close friends told me that extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is extremely
effective in removing eye makeup. Olive oil is natural, safe and gentle to use on
most skin types. Another benefit you get from using EVOO is, the oil also moisturizes
the skin around delicate eye area as it takes off makeup.
Simply pour a very small amount, about 1-2 drops of extra virgin olive oil onto a
clean cotton pad or cotton ball. Place over eyelid, gently press and hold it for
20-30 seconds for the oil to loosen eye makeup, especially the mascara. Then wipe
over your eyelid, under your eye and lashes. Make sure to repeat with freshly saturated
cotton pads until all traces of eye makeup are gone.
It's a good idea to keep your eyes tightly closed so that the oil won't get in your
eyes, and use a cotton swab to take off makeup from your lower lids and the corners
of your eye.
3. Besides olive oil, you can also use baby oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, almond
oil and grapeseed oil. I also hear that Emu oil works well as a eye makeup remover.
Put a few drops of Emu oil on your fingertips, and gently rub away eye makeup. Then
wash thoroughly with warm water. Some said that emu oil can even remove water-resistant
makeup, and conditions eyelashes at the same time.
In case you're wondering whether emu oil might cause acne, the truth is emu oil doesn't
cause breakouts, or clogs pore. Its anti-inflammatory properties actually help heal
However, Emu oil may have a slight odor to it so I advise you not to try emu oil
if you've extra sensitive nose.
4. You can also use unscented baby wipes to remove eye makeup since these wipes are
specially formulated to gently clean and moisturize baby's delicate skin, and they
won't hurt or irritate sensitive eyes.
Look for baby wipes that are unscented, thick and very moist. Most baby wipes are
good to use all over face to clean away mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow, but the
problem is that they don't work on water-proof mascara.
Baby lotion (Johnson's Baby Lotion) is another wonderful way to take off makeup for
those with sensitive eyes. Just apply a small amount to a cotton pad. Place it onto
your eye for about 10-15 seconds, slowly rub in a back and forth motion until clean.
5. Some people say Vaseline (petroleum jelly) is extremely effective when it comes
to removing tough waterproof eye makeup but I personally don't recommend using it.
It's too thick and sticky, and gets stick in the lashes. I would rather use witch
hazel and olive oil instead.
5 Natural Homemade Eye Makeup Remover Recipes
I have listed a few do-it-yourself eye makeup remover recipes for you to make at
home. To make homemade eye makeup remover, simply put all ingredients in a cosmetic
bottle (plastic or glass) and shake vigorously to mix everything well. Make sure
to shake the bottle before each use. Apply a small amount with a soft tissue, cotton
pad or ball and use it to remove eye makeup.
1. 1 cup water, 1½ tablespoon baby shampoo (no tears formula) and ⅛ teaspoon baby
2. 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon castor oil and 2 teaspoons canola
3. ⅛ cup grape seed oil and 1 tablespoon castor oil.
4. 1 teaspoon jojoba oil and 2 tablespoons water.
5. 2 tablespoons aloe vera gel and 1 tablespoon jojoba oil.
By Tiffany Moore
Taking off eye makeup is a real pain for me. I've very sensitive eyes that get all
red, puffy and irritated when I remove eye make up. I've tried several different
brands of eye makeup remover like Almay and Mac, but they all make my sensitive eyes
sting, burn and water, even though the products say "hypoallergenic". What can I
use to remove eye makeup without makeup remover? Could you suggest a good drugstore
brand eye makeup remover, or any homemade makeup remover recipes for sensitive eyes?
I usually don't wear a lot of heavy eye makeup to school every day. I only use an
eyeliner pencil and mascara. Thank you! – Debra, Maine.
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