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Beauty bandwagon: 8 effective makeup removers that won’t strip your skin

The No.1 rule when it comes to makeup: All must be taken off completely, no matter what time of the day or night, before tucking in for bed. When makeup is not removed completely, changes happen to the skin. The dirt, makeup residue, excess oil, and sebum that’s left will sink itself into the layers of your epidermis and cause premature ageing. That’s also when your skin starts breaking out and becomes dry, sensitive, and fine lines will appear that makes you look older than you actually are.

Not all hope is lost with the huge array of effective makeup removers in the market. Pick the best one suited for your skin type and be diligent when it comes to removing them at night. If you’re spending so much on makeup, equal thought (and cash) should be spent on skincare and makeup removers too.

There are four types of effective makeup removers: cleansing oil, micellar cleansing water, wipes and cleansing milk. If you have oily skin, all four of these makeup removers works for you; even cleansing oils. Cleansing oils are suitable for even the most oiliest skin — they are effective as they latch onto the bad oil on the skin and comes off when you emulsify and rinse.

For sensitive or dry skin, stick to cleansing milk and micellar cleansing water as they are lightweight and doesn’t strip the skin too much of its moisture. Wipes are great if you are on the go and perfect to use after the first makeup removal just in case you missed out any areas.

When you have a proper routine and the skin is thoroughly cleansed, expect time spent worrying and correcting the dark spots and fine lines that mar your flawless complexion. In this spirit, we’ve listed down eight effective makeup removers to include in your regimen.

Blithe's Antipolluaging Cleanser Himalayan Pink Salt

Using Himalayan Pink Salt for its purifying properties, this essence-like cleansing water removes the impurities and brightens the skin for a more softer and radiant glow.

Blithe Antipolluaging Cleanser Himalayan Pink Salt, RM118

belif's Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched

With the help of natural olive and macadamia oils, belif’s Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched removes makeup and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils. While Benincasa Seed extract facilitates a smoother and luminous complexion.

belif Cleansing Gel Oil Enriched, RM170

Urban Decay's Meltdown Makeup Remover

Even the most waterproof and longest lasting makeup can be taken down with this. It hydrates the skin well with Cranberry and Raspberry Seed Oils, along with Kukui Nut and Oat Oil.

Urban Decay Meltdown Makeup Remover, RM95

Clinique's Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk

An oldie but goodie, this cleansing milk works great on removing makeup and sunscreen. You can choose to rinse it off with water or wipe excess applications with tissue away, but both options will not leave a sticky-like residue on the skin.

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Milk, RM140

La Mer's Cleansing Micellar Water

One of the benefits of using a Micellar cleansing water is that no rinsing is required; thus your skin’s moisture is not scrubbed or rinsed away after cleansing. There are micro-capsules contained in the formula that micro-emulsifies makeup and ensures that all is lifted and cleanses away.

La Mer The Cleansing Micellar Water, RM360


Shu uemura's nutri:nectar

The first Shu uemura cleansing oil in emulsion is suitable for most delicate skin types. It contains three potent botanicals, Acai Extract, Magnolia Extract, and Reishi Mushroom that cleanses and strengthens delicate skin at the same time.

shu uemura nutri:nectar, RM165 for 150ml, RM360 for 450ml

Caudalie's Make-Up Removing Cleansing Water

While effectively removing makeup, the cleansing water soothes, hydrates and moisturises the skin. The new and improved formula is more effective and gentler for the skin, making it suitable for all skin types. It is also naturally fragranced with orange and lemon blossom, watermelon, and mint leaves.

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Water, RM98

Dr.Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Makeup Remover Pads

This individually packed milky emulsion infused wipes are perfect when you are out and about. It’s gentle enough to be used around the eye and lip area, whilst effectively removing makeup in just a swipe.

Dr.Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Makeup Remover Pads, RM121

Jolin Lee
Unlike most modern-day millennials, Jolin does not need caffeine or alcohol to power through the day (and night). Her eye for beauty is as sharp as her eyeliner flick, and she can spot your unblended eye makeup from a mile away.