The Image Counsellor

How to cleanse away makeup?

Posted on: March 28, 2009

Q: I have never used makeup before, how should I cleaned it off?

A: 72d6ccecc27c370eThe process of cleansing might take just a few minutes longer than the usual water and facial cleanser. Makeup artists will usually put on cream foundation for you which will last throughout the day, hence it’s tougher to clean off. What you can do is to purchase an additional makeup remover especially for eyes and lips. These are delicate areas on the face, be exceptionally careful because of the fine lines that we can create from rubbing too hard against the skin.

For studio or outdoor shoots, artists will apply water proof mascara for you. It’s another challenging task for you if you have no idea how to remove makeup. There are waterproof makeup in the market which usually come in water in oil form (oil forming the higher component in the ingredient) that cleans off eye makeup easily. However buyers beware! Products with too much oil in the ingredient might cause oil seeds also known as milia seeds. Once formed, they might be difficult to remove. Believe me because I have experienced it before when I simply borrowed a “reknown” brand of remover and 1 tiny seed formed almost immediately! I would prefer water base cleansing products for the eyes.

Apply some remover onto the cotton pads. Instead of immediately rubbing the lotion onto the skin, soaks the makeup for about 30seconds and gentle glide. Do not drag the skin. Use a Q-tip to remove the mascara off the lashes and on the skin. Same goes for the lips.

 Use the Q-tip to clean between the lines on the lips. After the first cleansing for the makeup, there are usually traces of the cleanser or makeup on the skin. I would do double cleansing with my normal cleanser to make sure everything is gone. To relax my face after a long day, I would apply a moisturizing mask.


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