Taking Off a Full Face of Makeup

Catherine McNeil by Ben Hassett, Vogue Germany, Feb. 2013

Catherine McNeil by Ben Hassett, Vogue Germany, Feb. 2013

It's not often that I really have to put a lot of effort into taking off my makeup. I use a lot of products, but I have a light hand and tend to go for a more natural look that's easy to remove with just a face wipe, but if I go to an event after work, I typically remove the day's makeup as best as I can then redo it for the evening. Even having removed the first round of makeup, my face feels so gross and tired by the end of the night and some extra work is required to reset.

I start by quickly wiping my face with a makeup removing wipe and then follow up with a heavy duty balm like the Omorovicza Thermal Cleansing Balm. I love cleansing balms for days when your skin feels extra grimy because they pick up all of the debris from your face while adding back some moisture. Massage the balm all across your face and even across your eyelids until any remaining makeup is loosened up and essentially smeared all across your face. 

Then, I rinse the balm and debris off my face with cool water and follow up by using an eye makeup remover like the Fresh Soy Conditioning Eye Makeup Remover on a cotton pad. This is the best product I've found to remove stubborn mascara. Seriously, nothing else works for me which is unfortunate because I think it's been discontinued. However, a good alternative is Kiehl's Supremely Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover. I love eye makeup removers with a creamy consistency because they feel so much more gentle on the sensitive area around the eyes.

Once my face is clean and makeup free, I carry on with my regular skincare essentials like a serum and retinoid. By then, my face typically feels rough from all of the scrubbing and from having cosmetics on my face all day, so I use a conditioning mask like the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask if I have time or just apply a thick night cream like the Omorovicza Rejuvenating Night Cream. Just for an added feeling of freshness, I finish up the routine with a spritz of calming Mario Badescu Facial Spray with aloe, herbs and rosewater.