If I had a nickel for every morning I woke up with last night’s makeup on, cried my mascara on to my cheeks, or got lipstick all over my face from a steamy bedroom session, I’d be a very wealthy lady. Maybe wealthy enough to afford some of the high-end facial cleansers on the market today. But until then, here are some homemade makeup removing recipes to suit all your skincare needs. Whether you have oily, dry or combination skin, there’s an all-natural remedy (containing products that you probably already have at home) that you can whip up in no time at all.
If you have oily skin, combine 2 cups of distilled water, 1 tablespoon of lightly scented shampoo, 1 tablespoon of rubbing alcohol, and 1 table spoon of distilled white vinegar in a mason jar. Toss in a stack of cotton circles and let them soak up some of the liquid. Shake the jar until the pads are saturated and remove them from the jar. Store the soaked pads in a cool, dry container and use as necessary to remove stubborn makeup. The gentle recipe works well on more oily skin because the vinegar tightens up your facial pores and prevents breakouts.
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If you have dry skin, you’ll need ¼ cup of olive oil, ¼ cup of coconut oil, and 2 tablespoons for beeswax. Bring a medium-sized pot of water to a boil and float a smaller pot on the surface. Add all three ingredients but be careful to not let any water into the smaller, floating pot. Let the ingredients melt and stir them together softly. Once blended, pour the mixture into a separate container and mix in an essential oil of your choice. This homemade mixture will remove your makeup while moisturizing your face at the same time.
If you have combination skin, soak a washcloth in warm water and squirt a dime sized droplet of honey on to it. Sprinkle a teaspoon and a half of baking soda onto the honey droplet. Use the washcloth to gently scrub your face. The baking soda will exfoliate your skin so don’t rub too hard. Next, place a few droplets of apple cider vinegar on to a cotton round and wash any remaining makeup off your face. The baking soda and honey alone may leave your skin vulnerable to either dryness or breakouts; the apple cider vinegar balances your pH and protects your skin from either of these outcomes.
There’s no need to buy some expensive, bougie makeup remover when you can make one that’s just as good (or better!) all by yourself. As fictional heroine Elle Woods says, why let someone do for you what you can do for yourself (except in the case of eyebrow maintenance).”