For noobs, the world of beauty is perplexing. With a zillion products out there (all tempting, BTW), it is sometimes difficult to tell which one is right for you, especially among those which do somewhat the same job. Case in point: your makeup cleansing staples.

Cleansers, micellar water and makeup removers are cleansing products that can get rid of every last trace of foundation and oil from your face and we couldn’t be more thankful for them. But it has come to our attention that there’s some confusion regarding these cleansing products. Since removing makeup and cleansing is the first rule of skincare, we absolutely refuse to take this lightly. So, to make your life simpler, we’re going to take you through what a cleanser, micellar water and makeup remover actually do, and how they are all different.

Did you know? Makeup removers work best when their formulas match that of the products used in the makeup. For instance, oil cleansers are best to remove long-wear makeup. as they can break down the product better than water-based cleansers. 

Worried about choosing the right makeup remover? Fret not—it is actually pretty simple.


Micellar water

Micellar water

It was only a few years ago that we were introduced with the mighty micellar water that swipes every last bit of makeup, dirt and oil off your face like a dream. It has teensy oil droplets suspended into water, which work to attract oil and grime from your face and leave it clean. If you want to get stubborn makeup, oil and dirt off your face in one stroke, micellar water is your perfect match.

You can try the all-new Pond’s Micellar Water, which is the first-ever known micellar water formulation with essential vitamins. Formulated for both eyes and face, it is great for using in the morning and evening before deep cleansing. And the best part is it brightens your complexion too.

Pick from the three different variants: rose, charcoal and aloe vera. If your skin is oily go for the aloe or charcoal one, and if you have normal to dry skin, get yourself the rose variant.




Cleansers have a cream-like formula and do a stellar job at cleaning oil, dirt and sweat off your face. They can also remove light makeup, thanks to the contents of oil and water in them. Cleansing lotions, oils, foam or balms are all infused with oil that is emulsified with water, giving them a foamy or creamy texture that helps cleanse your face and make it squeaky clean. The Lakmé Deep Cleanser Cleansing Milk is a great pick because it is mild and gets impurities, dirt as well as light makeup off in one swipe.  


Makeup remover

Makeup remover

Makeup removers are only meant to remove your makeup like foundation, concealer, blush and the like. They have a liquid consistency as opposed to cleansers and are formulated with oily components that make it easier for even the most stubborn of your makeup products to glide off easily. They are your best bet to remove waterproof makeup. Lakmé Absolute Bi-Phased Make-up Remover is one such makeup remover that effortlessly removes every last bit of your makeup and leaves your skin hydrated and fresh. 


1) Should you remove makeup before washing face?

A. Yes. Since smudge-proof and waterproof makeup cannot be cleaned with a regular facewash, they need to be properly removed before washing your face. Washing face with gentle cleanser should be the final step in the makeup removal process, followed by a good moisturiser. 

2) How can I naturally remove makeup?

A. There are many household items that can be used to remove makeup, although they should always be followed by a cleaner. Vegetable oil, petroleum jelly, avocado, whole milk and honey have been known as good makeup removers

3) Can I use olive oil to remove makeup?

A. Olive oil has been known to be a good makeup remover for many. Depending on your skin type, it can be used to remove makeup as it can cause acne for oily skin.