Makeup removal is essential. Going to bed with eyelashes full of mascara is not only uncomfortable but bad for your health (and can cause some pretty gnarly breakouts). But if you find yourself tugging at your face with a washcloth and your usual face wash without success, just know there are a plethora of products out there to help you treat your skin better in an even more efficient way. There's truly a method for everybody (And every look).

Some are better for on-the-go, such as makeup wipes, while huge bottles of micellar water will last you months and cleansing balm will remove even the most waterproof mascara with little-to-no effort. Ultimately it comes down to your budget, what kind and how much makeup you wear and your preferences. So try something new, but no matter what you choose, make sure that removing your makeup before you wash your face each night is a permanent part of your routine. Your skin will thank you.


Cleanse by Lauren Napier, $20

Cleansing wipes remove makeup in an easy-to-package, on-the-go, travel-friendly way. And these by Lauren Napier Beauty include awesome skincare benefits.

Cleansing Cloth

Makeup Eraser, $20

Your typical washcloth can pull and tug on the sensitive areas of your face, but when wet, a makeup eraser is still soft, gentle and will remove your makeup — even without soap. And when you're done, simply wash it and use it again.

Dissolving Spray

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover Dissolving Spray, $26

This is probably one of the coolest makeup removers out there. Spray a few pumps on your face and watch it dissolve your makeup immediately. Then simply wipe it away and get to washing as normal.

Micellar Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Cleanser & Waterproof Makeup Remover, $9

With just a shake, Micellar water comes alive. You might not expect the thin liquid to be able to remove your waterproof makeup in just a few swipes, but when poured onto a cotton pad, it totally will. It's great for sensitive or acne-prone skin that might have trouble with thicker formulas.

Cleansing Balm

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, $29

Cleansing balm works similarly to coconut oil (some people use the latter, but because it is moderately comedogenic it can clog your pores). It starts as a solid, melts in your hands and takes off your product as it goes. Simply wipe it off and wash your face as normal and notice how moisturized and healthy your skin feels.

Precise Pen

E.L.F. Cosmetics Makeup Remover Pen, $3

If you're on the go or just want to touch up part of your makeup (maybe a crooked eyeliner wing?), a makeup remover pen will be your best friend. It's precise but effective, and much easier than using a remover-soaked Q-tip.

Cleansing Oil

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, $10

Oil cleansing is a major part of many people's skin care routines, and this cooling makeup-removing oil is one of the best. It's great for sensitive skin and helps all of the products on your face slide off with ease.

So, what's your favorite method of makeup removal?