We cannot stress enough on the fact that removing makeup is a key step in skincare and is an absolute must-do for anyone who uses even the littlest of makeup on their face. We’re sure you’ve invested in a good makeup remover—but, are you really getting rid of every speck of makeup that’s on your face?

Here are some do’s and don’ts that you must keep in mind when it comes to makeup removal.

Do’s

Be gentle
 

Be gentle

Rubbing, tugging and pulling your skin are things that are bound to happen while removing your makeup. These can damage your skin severely, even if it doesn’t show immediately. Be slow, gentle and kind to your skin to ensure everything is completely removed.

Break down the makeup

Use a cleanser (preferably the one that’s meant for removing makeup) to first break the makeup down. Then, take a generous amount of makeup remover on a cotton pad and hold it over areas where you apply the most pigmented makeup for example eyes and lips. Do this at least for 10-20 seconds to ensure that the makeup melts well. Don’t forget the neck area.

Be regular
 

Be regular

When you get home after a long day, you just wanna hit the bed and crash. Obviously, removing makeup at such a time is a struggle and you probably think cleansing your face will do the job. But guess what? It won’t. Yes, it’ll break the makeup down and make you feel like you’re clean and makeup-free, but only a makeup remover can thoroughly remove all of it.

We love the Lakmé Bi-Phased Makeup Remover that works on stubborn makeup (waterproof too) that doesn’t wash away easily.

Don’ts

Don’t avoid the small areas
 

Don’t avoid the small areas

Makeup gets into the corners of your lips, eyes and ears and they’re the spots you will tend to ignore. While removing mascara and kajal, pour some makeup remover on a q-tip and gently remove the remaining product.

Don’t rely on wipes
 

Don’t rely on wipes

The market is full of makeup removing wipes and most women feel that they make the process easier and faster. While they do remove some amount of makeup, you cannot rely on them to remove it completely. We recommend using wipes as one of the steps of your makeup removal regime.

Don’t forget to moisturise

Some makeup removers tend to strip your skin of its natural oils and make it dry. Once you’re done, smear oodles of lip balm on your lips, use a hydrating eye cream and ensure that the rest of your face is immensely hydrated.