When I was in college and my early twenties, I went out (read: got drunk) like, a lot. And out of the 2304982011239 wild nights on the town, you want to know how many times I came home and took my makeup off?
In my LATE twenties (blah), I got a lot better about it, and now that I’m pushing 30, I’m pretty psycho about coming clean when I come home. I said it in my 2013 resolutions post and I’ll say it again, courtesy of my friend Nikky, “The longer makeup stays on your skin, the more it creeps into your pores and makes them bigger and ages you.” If that isn’t a terrifying, #FML statement that will make you plant a box of cleansing wipes by the bed next to your vibrator, then I don’t know what is.
And if you’re anything like me, you want makeup removal to be a one-step situation–I’m not going to use one product to take off the BEST MASCARA EVER and another for my face. We need “wham, bam, thank you ma’am, time for bed.” Check out these cleansers that do the trick:
Oily/Normal Skin: Neutrogena’s Deep Clean oil-free wipes ($7) take the day off without adding to any breakout potential, and Olay’s 4-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths ($8) are a “just add water” power product that gets makeup off while gently exfoliating and toning the skin.
Sensitive Skin: If you have an easily irritable epidermis or just prefer more natural products, try Jason’s Quick Clean makeup remover pads ($9-$13; shop online or click here for locations) or sensitive skin expert Simple’s Cleansing Facial Wipes ($6), beloved by the Girls girls. If it irritates your face, Allison Williams will give you your money back (maybe).
Dry Skin: This is me. I’ll never get a breakout, but even the slightest drying agent and my skin is tighter than Kim Kardashian’s Herve Leger dresses. I love Pond’s Cold Cream (so does Sara Blakely) because it dissolves stubborn makeup while adding moisturizer ($8), AND I can even slap it on my dry face and towel it off so I’m not splish-splashing around in the sink whilst intoxicated. (Warning: if you have oily skin, this is probably a no-no for you; combination skin, it should be fine if you’re not pimple-prone). I’m also down with Neutrogena’s hydrating makeup remover towelettes ($7).
After removing your “going out face,” you should still cleanse with your regular cleanser (and a Clarisonic if you have one of those bad boys), but if you’re not feeling it after 17 vodka sodas, just get to it in the morning. Or whenever. At least your makeup won’t be seeping into your pores while you snooze. #CRINGE.
Keep it clean, ladies.