10 DIY Makeup Removers That Work

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While store-bought makeup removers are convenient, they can also be pricey and contain chemicals that lead to breakouts. Fortunately, there are HEAPS of natural DIY makeup remover recipes out there that are far superior. We've rounded up 10 fabulous recipes for makeup remover pads and cleansers using products you probably already have lying around your house - coconut oil, olive oil, baby shampoo...the list goes on!

After a long day, or an ever longer night, usually all I want to do is put on my pjs and jump into bed. You too? Taking off your makeup can seem like a huge chore some nights, but it’s really important to make sure this step is always in your routine. And finding a makeup remover that works for you to both remove your makeup and nourish your skin makes the process much more enjoyable!

Leaving makeup on your skin overnight can cause and magnify skin issues from dryness to redness and breakouts. It’s one of the worst things you can do for your skin, and removing it is so simple! Nowadays I remove my makeup before going to bed without exception! Sometimes it’s the very last thing I want to do (especially after a few glasses of wine and a night out) but it makes such a big difference for my skin that it has become essential.

When you wear makeup to bed, the dirt and pollutants that have gotten into your makeup throughout the day accumulate and spread out on your skin as you sleep. Doesn’t that make your skin crawl? Especially if you have sensitive skin, it will enlarge your pores and can even lead to wrinkles. It takes all of one minute to remove your makeup, which seems like a really small amount of time to do something that will benefit your skin both in the present and for years to come.

However, store bought makeup remover can come with a hefty price tag. I’ve paid up to $15 for a makeup remover – am I crazy? I felt even worse about that when I realized there are amazing DIY makeup removers that contain 2-5 ingredients I probably already have at home. But, everything’s a learning experience right?

Store-bought makeup remover can also contain chemicals, and when it comes to your skin, it’s best to stay away from chemicals altogether. The homemade makeup removers below use all-natural ingredients so you can rest assured that they’re healthy for your skin. But remember, not everything works the same for every person and skin type. Make sure you listen to your skin and only use ingredients that work for it, rather than against it.

While store-bought makeup removers are convenient, they can also be pricey and contain chemicals that lead to breakouts. Fortunately, there are HEAPS of natural DIY makeup remover recipes out there that are far superior. We've rounded up 10 fabulous recipes for makeup remover pads and cleansers using products you probably already have lying around your house - coconut oil, olive oil, baby shampoo...the list goes on!

Using natural ingredients ensures your skin and eyes are gently taken care of. They work to rejuvenate and cleanse the skin so you can wake up with a fresh face! Take a look at 10 of the best DIY makeup removers below!

(And if you absolutely MUST buy makeup remover, I highly recommend
Vichy Pureté Thermale 3-in-1 One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution for Sensitive Skin. It has seen me through some pretty tough skin care issues!)

1. Four-Ingredient Makeup Remover Wipes (Classy Stuff)

Making this makeup remover is easy as pie! All you need is a roll of paper towel, warm water, coconut oil, and baby or face wash and you’ll easily be able to wipe off the day’s makeup.

2. Homemade Makeup Remover Pads (The Coconut Mama)

Of course The Coconut Mama suggests using coconut oil to remove your makeup. But that’s not the only ingredient. Since coconut oil tends to stain wash cloths, mixing it with castile soap and creating makeup removing pads is more affective. You can also add in an essential oil such as lavender, which is really great for your skin.

3. DIY Eye Makeup Remover with Aloe Vera (Whole Foods Market)

This makeup remover is perfect to wipe off your mascara, eye liner and shadow. Your eyes are precious and sensitive so it’s important to treat them gently. This plant-based mix contains aloe vera to sooth your eyes, plus coconut and jojoba oil to wipe away the makeup. My eyes feel rejuvenated just thinking about it!

4. Almond Oil Eye Makeup Remover (The Make Your Own Zone)

For this eye makeup remover, the creator says you can use any oil, from olive to coconut, but she used almond oil for its moisturizing benefits. Add in some distilled water and tear-free soap and you have a remover you’ll use for ages!

5. Makeup Remover Pads with Frankincense Essential Oil (Redefined Mom)

Like some of the other recipes on this list, these makeup remover pads require coconut oil, purified water, and tear-free baby wash. But the special ingredient is frankincense essential oil. The oil not only helps refresh and sooth the skin but is also known to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

6. Cucumber Scented Homemade Makeup Remover Pads (Freebie Finding Mom)

These makeup remover pads are super quick and easy to make, and I love that they use cucumber! The scent of cucumber is both refreshing and relaxing, so these pads are perfect to end off your day with. With just 4 ingredients you most likely have laying around your house, you can make them in a snap!

7. 2-Ingredient Makeup Remover (Live Simply)

This remover only requires 2 ingredients – witch hazel, which you can find with aloe vera for nourishing properties, and any type of moisturizing oil from sweet almond to apricot kernel to avocado!

8. Makeup Remover Pads With Baby Shampoo and Baby Oil (Blommi)

With tear-free baby shampoo and baby oil, this concoction will be extremely gentle on your face and eyes. Just round up a mason jar and large cotton pads, pour in the solution and you have an amazing makeup removing DIY!

9. Natural Makeup Remover (The Melrose Family)

This recipe uses tons of essential oils that are moisturizing and also help with ageing. You’ll need frankincense, carrot seed, lavender, and grapeseed oil, all of which have amazing cleansing benefits. Make sure to make it in a glass jar (not plastic) and store it in dark cabinet so the oils don’t evaporate.

10. 2-Ingreidnt Makeup Remover Balm (Live Simply)

Have you ever tried a makeup remover balm? I haven’t, but it sounds awesome! This recipe is nourishing, plus it helps get rid of pesky stubborn mascara. It contains jojoba oil, which is great for your skin as it mimics your body’s natural oils, and beeswax, which offers a protective barrier to the skin without clogging pores. Beeswax is also what makes this mixture a balm!

With these ten DIY makeup removers, you’ll never have to buy expensive makeup remover again. Plus, they’re all natural, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals. Try them out and see which one works best for your skin!

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While store-bought makeup removers are convenient, they can also be pricey and contain chemicals that lead to breakouts. Fortunately, there are HEAPS of natural DIY makeup remover recipes out there that are far superior. We've rounded up 10 fabulous recipes for makeup remover pads and cleansers using products you probably already have lying around your house - coconut oil, olive oil, baby shampoo...the list goes on!

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Kate
Kate
Kate is a freelance writer with a background in fashion, beauty and wellness. When she’s not trying out new recipes, taking a hot yoga class, or curled up with a good book, you can find her blogging about lifestyle tips and entrepreneurialism at Layered Indulgence.