Wash Away the Day with Our Best Makeup Removal Tips


How many of you take off your eye makeup with a couple squares of toilet paper and call it a night? Granted, I don’t usually wear a lot of eye makeup, but my remover regime is generally done in a tear, a swipe, and a toss. Sure, I may have bright red, irritated skin afterwards – not to mention the delicate skin I’m giving the sandpaper treatment. I usually end up looking like something between a boxer and raccoon after I take off my makeup. Why? Because I don’t like putting chemicals in my eyes simply take off my mascara.

Growing up, I was a big fan of a certain department store brand eye makeup remover. (Let’s just say they have a French-sounding name and large bottles of yellow moisturizer.) I insisted on using their eye makeup remover because it seemed the most gentle on my peeps. Nonetheless, I always felt like I was shampooing my eyeballs with the stuff with all the sudsy chemicals flying around.

So between chemicals and making your eyes looks like something a clown might envy, there has to be a better way. Luckily, ask and ye shall receive (a natural solution). We’ve got a great eco makeup remover – plus some natural homemade solutions. So put the toilet paper down and rest your weary eyes on the following suggestions.

First, you can swap your eyes with organic full milk. Apply with a cotton ball and swab off your eye makeup. You can also swap a cotton ball with organic olive oil to wipe off your eye makeup. Others recommend a mix of green tea, almond oil, and vegetable glycerin. Take one ounce of brewed organic plain green tea, mix with one ounce of sweet almond oil, and ½ ounce vegetable glycerin. Place into a glass jar and shake. Be sure to keep solution refrigerated to preserve it as long as possible.


You can also invest in an eco eye makeup remover. Recently, I checked out Jurlique’s Eye Makeup Remover ($25). Containing biodynamically-grown calendula and organic sunflower and jojoba seed oils, it goes on like a light moisturizer and has a pleasant scent. And it works like a charm – I waited for a night where I was glammed up and it took off mascara and eye shadow in one clean swoop. It’s not the purest product you will find, as it does contain Phenoxyethanol (fragrance). But most of its ingredients are sourced from their biodynamic farms in Australia.

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Katherine Butler

Katherine Butler is the Beauty Editor of EcoSalon and currently resides in Los Angeles, California.