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The Complete Guide to Choosing the Best Makeup Remover

Makeup removal is an essential part of any skincare routine. After a long day, it’s important to thoroughly cleanse your face and remove every trace of makeup, allowing your skin to breathe and rejuvenate overnight. But with so many different types of makeup removers available on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your specific needs. 

In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into all you need to know about makeup removers, exploring the various types and sharing tips on how to use them effectively. Whether you’re a makeup enthusiast or a minimalist beauty lover, this blog will provide you with valuable insights to help you make informed decisions and achieve a fresh-faced, makeup-free complexion.

3 Types of Makeup Remover for You

A good makeup remover should be designed to effectively remove all traces of makeup, particularly long-lasting products such as eyeliners, lipsticks, and waterproof mascaras, and they should be designed to be gentle on the skin, leaving the user’s skin clean and unblemished. There are many different kinds of makeup remover, including micellar water, makeup remover wipes, and cleansing oil. 

Let’s discover which formula or type works best for you!

1. Micellar Water

Micellar water is typically composed of water, surfactants and moisturizing agents. Micelles (cleaning oil molecules suspended in water), also known as the surfactant in micellar water are typically made of ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) to help to dissolve and remove dirt and oil from the skin. 

Sometimes, micellar waters may contain alcohol as a preservative or to help remove certain types of makeup. To remove dirt and makeup properly, micellar water has to be used along with cotton pads. 

Best for which skin types?
Ideal for dry and sensitive skin


  • Micellar water is cheap. 
  • It is gentle on the skin in most cases (Some may contain alcohol, harsh chemicals and fragrance, always check the ingredient labels)


  • Micellar water doesn’t always work effectively especially for waterproof makeup, heavy foundation or eye makeup
  • It requires to be used with cotton wipes which can be not so eco-friendly. (Image 2 cotton wipes per day, that would be 730 pieces of trash per year)

2. Makeup Remover Wipes

Makeup remover wipes are pre-soaked, single-use wet wipes that include a cleansing solution. They typically contain a combination of cleansing agents, moisturizers, preservatives, and fragrances. The cleansing agents help to dissolve and lift away makeup, while the moisturizers help to keep the skin hydrated. Makeup remover wipes often contain synthetic preservatives to maintain their freshness and prevent the growth of bacteria or mold. It’s important to note that some makeup remover wipes may contain potentially irritating ingredients like alcohol or fragrances, so it’s important to read the ingredient labels and choose wipes that are gentle for your skin type. 

Best for which skin types?
Suitable for normal to oily skin types


  • Easy to use on the go and do not require use of water
  • Relatively effective to remove makeup


  • Wipes are not eco-friendly, imagine if you use 2 wipes per day, you will add more than 700 wipes to the landfill per year.
  • In order for the wipes to remain bacteria-free during its long shelf life, chemicals like paraben are often found in wipes. So it may leave behind drying chemical residues.

3. Cleansing Oil

Oils in cleansing products are what attract dirt and grime, which is why they work so well at removing makeup. Before rubbing into the face, warm the oil with your palms first. Wet face to emulsify washing oil. Best for all skin types and makeup wearers. 

Best for which skin types?
The best choice for all skin types.
It works well for dry, oily, and combination skin.


  • Cleansing oil is one the most effective makeup removers. They remove even waterproof makeup without depriving the skin of oils. It also requires less friction for removing eye makeup. 
  • Often made with natural skin-loving ingredients 


  • Usually comes in a glass bottle which makes it a little troublesome for travelling. 
  • It can be on the higher price point sometimes.

In conclusion, when it comes to choosing the right makeup remover, consider your skin type and preferences.

Micellar water is a gentle and cheap option, while makeup remover wipes provide convenience for quick makeup removal on the go. However, if you’re looking for the most effective and nourishing option, cleansing oil emerges as the top choice. It effectively removes all types of makeup, including waterproof formulas, and leaves the skin hydrated and refreshed. If you’re looking for a good makeup remover, check out Lips Carpenter’s natural Makeup Remover Cleansing Oil.

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