Smiling woman removing make-up with cotton pad

How to remove makeup after a party 

You’re home, it’s late, and you had a blast. Time to start your skincare routine, right? Ah! But bed is so inviting! No need to feel torn between cleansed skin and comfy covers – take inspo from our best make-up remover solutions for how to remove eye-makeup faultlessly, keep your skin cleansed and cared-for, and wake up fresh-faced the next morning. 

Prep your skin first 

Prepping your skin before you even start that smoky eye is the way to go, we say. First up, a moisturiser will mean skin appears plump and healthy-looking from the get-go, and it’ll be a smooth canvas for your make-up. Dry or dehydrated patches? Skin will sap up your foundation and likely look a little patchy. Other than sticking to a consistent skincare routine, pop a Simple® Water Boost Hydrating Booster in your bag if you need an on-the-go moisture boost – it’ll quench thirsty skin!

Flatlay of three Simple moisturisers with make-up brushes on a green and white background

Reach for the oil when waterproof mascara won’t budge 

Waterproof mascara: great for going the distance, not so easy to get off, even with the best make-up remover! And when it’s late, it’s tempting to get scrubbing and rubbing to try and speed up the process. Our tip? Reach for the oil. Yep, you read that right! If your mascara is waterproof, it means (happy) tears and getting caught in the rain won’t budge your look. But oil will! This means an oil-based cleanser or dual phase make-up remover like Simple Kind To Skin Dual Effect Eye Make-Up Remover will do the trick to dissolve stubborn waterproof mascara.

“Mascara dots on your eyelids, even with waterproof mascara? Oily eyelids are usually to blame. Try a primer on lids to set your look, and say goodbye to mascara melt-down.”
Styled shot of Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil in a bathroom

Double-up your cleansing routine

We know, it’s hard enough to reach for just one cleanser at the end of the night! The good news is, cleansing twice still won’t take long and you’ll wake up to doubly fresh feeling skin in the morning. Try using a facial cleansing wipe to rid those impurities before you whip out your foaming cleanser. Do right by the planet as well as your skin with our new Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes, which decompose faster than a grapefruit peel under compost conditions!

Double cleansing is a really simple make-up remover trick, yet super effective – those foundation remains stand no chance, plus your pillowcase stays smudge-free!

Add a toner

How to remove make-up flawlessly? Finish up with a toner. Try Simple Kind to Skin Soothing Facial Toner to get the last few traces. It’ll help remove excess oils and dead skin cells that may lurk on your skin after washing too.

Know how to remove eye make-up in those secret spots 

Remember your eyelids! The lash line to be exact. Sometimes liner can build up here, meaning skin irritation and sensitivity is rife. The best way to remove eye make-up in hard places? Fold your cotton pad (soaked in Simple make-up remover) into a little triangular wedge (like a mini pizza slice) and use the tip to accurately melt away make-up remains. Whipped out the shimmery bronzer? Don’t forget to wipe away make-up from collarbones and shoulders too, for thoroughly cleansed skin.

Don’t forget to moisturise

It’s all well and good getting every last trace of blusher, but moisturising after ridding your make-up is just as important. Our skin does a lot of repairing while we sleep and moisturiser helps balance your lipid barrier. Already horizontal? Keep a tub or tube of your night cream bedside for easy access.

Woman in bed covering her eyes with her fingertips

And so it’s time to say goodnight (or good morning!). Freshly-cleansed skin shouldn’t be a mission with the best make-up removers, tips, and tricks. Your eyes, skin (and your pillowcase!) will thank you for it.

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