As long as you take your makeup off at the end of the day, you’re good, right? That’s what we used to think. Turns out, all removers are not created equal. Certain cleansing solutions simultaneously tone, and other wipes are designed for sensitive skin. To help you choose which one to grab for your nightly regimen, we’ve broken down the best of the best by type:
If You're Tired (or Lazy)
Whether you only have five minutes to spare before spin class (always remove your makeup before working out!) or are about to crash, quickly take everything off with MAKE’s disposable Makeup Remover Wipes. With their soap-free, chamomile-infused formula, these portable, one-use wipes will sooth and refresh any complexion type.
If You Want Extra Skin Benefits
Take it from the French—at the end of a long day, there’s nothing like a multitasking cleansing water to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your jolie face. We love Paris-based Caudalie’s Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water, which gives skin a healthy dose of antioxidants thanks to its polyphenols. On lazy days, try Dr. Brandt’s XYY Dual Fusion Water, a multi-action cleanser, toner, and makeup remover with anti-aging properties thanks to its skin-boosting antioxidants. Just one cotton ball swipe and you’re good to go (to bed)—no rinsing necessary.
If You Wear Stay-All-Day Makeup
While we love the durability of waterproof mascara and last-through-dinner foundation, these products can prove challenging when it comes time to take them off. We rely on a potent formula like Vasanti’s Face Off Makeup Remover for Eyes and Face, which erases long-wear primers, foundations, and shadows with hydrating aloe and bacteria-fighting coconut oil. Fans of Benefit’s They’re Real! Liner and Mascara will be delighted use their targeted They’re Real! Remover to dissolve their cat eyes and glam lashes without irritating that delicate eye area.
If You Have a Sensitive Complexion
For contact-wearers and those with easily irritated skin, reach for hypoallergenic brand Marcelle’s ever-popular Makeup Remover for Sensitive Eyes, which forgoes fragrances and preservatives for gentleness and efficacy. Ingredients like green tea and cucumber extract soothe irritation, decrease puffiness, and minimize dark circles. Klorane’s Makeup Remover Biodegradable Wipes with Soothing Cornflower combine the mildness of the brand’s go-to liquid formula with the ease of a wipe.
If Your Skin is Super Dry
Want to get a hydration boost while taking off your makeup? Of course you do. Apply Embryolisse’s aloe and shea butter-loaded Lait-Crème Concentre to your face, then watch your makeup slowly disappear as you tissue off. In a pinch, dab a cotton ball in the ever-versatile Egyptian Magic to remove eye and lip colors like the seemingly-permanent stila’s stay all day liquid lipstick.