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The Lazy Person's Guide to Removing Makeup

ALL THIS TALK OF HOLIDAY PARTY LOOKS IS GREAT, BUT WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PARTY? YOU NEED TO REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP, BUT CHANCES ARE YOUR MOTIVATION LEVELS ARE LOW. HERE’S OUR EDIT OF POST-PARTY PRODUCTS THAT REMOVE MAKEUP QUICKLY SO YOU CAN GET TO BED IN A FLASH AND WAKE UP FRESH FACED.

Don’t get us wrong, we love a self-indulgent seven-step nightly skincare routine just as much as the next person. It can’t always happen. Here are the products to use when you want to remove your makeup and jump into bed immediately—and remember: sleeping with your makeup on is never an option.

You’ve probably heard of micellar water (or cleansing water) at some point or another. Unlike a typical cleanser, you don’t have to rinse micellar water off with water, which means less time in the bathroom post-party. Mecca Cosmetica Clean Slate Micellar Water acts as a cleanser and a makeup remover in one. Its gentle formula is spiked with damask rose flower extract and cornflower extract to sooth, decongest and calm skin that’s been twirling round a dancefloor all night. Just a few drops on a cotton pad will remove eye, lips and base in a few swipes. Easy!

If you’re still looking to use a cleanser that requires water, then consider the Eve Lom Cleansing Capsules if you want to save time and try something that’s ideal for travel. Inside each is a potent mix of grape seed and camelina oil to naturally hydrate skin while quickly melting away makeup, SPF and dirt. Simply twist the top off the capsule, squeeze the oil into your hands, apply to a dry face and then add water to emulsify. And before you worry about the environmental impact of individual capsules, they’re 100% biodegradable and vegetable based.

For sensitive-skinned, time-poor people RMS offers a Raw Coconut Cream to gently remove excess oil and makeup without stripping skin of its natural oils. A balm-to-oil cleanser (like this one) will help your makeup melt off quickly, and this one even lifts stubborn eye makeup.

Mascara is often the thing that takes the longest to remove at the end of the night—and the messiest. The solution? An oil cleanser just for your lashes. Genius. Too Faced creator Jerrod Blandino wanted a way to make waterproof mascara wearable; he found that a lot of women avoid strong waterproof formulas because they are hard to remove without stripping lashes and rubbing around the gentle eye area. And the horror of seeing eyelashes fall out while removing makeup is real. Too Faced Mascara Melt Off is infused with green tea extract and rice lipids to protect and condition those precious lashes. Simply wiggle the wand through your lashes and watch the mascara slide off with minimal mess.

The ultimate remove-makeup-quickly-post-party product would have to be wipes. If you know you’re in for a big night, think ahead and put a pack of Lauren Napier The Hightail wipes beside your bed—because anything is better than nothing (read: going to bed with makeup on). They’re infused with refreshing aloe vera to restore moisture, chamomile to soothe and marshmallow root extracts to reduce redness and inflammation. These wipes aren’t only kind on your face, they’re kind on the environment too as they’re created using sustainable technologies and renewable energies. Not just for post-party quick makeup removal, these are a great gym bag or cabin baggage staple, too.

If the thought of applying a moisturiser before your head hits the pillow makes you shudder, the next best thing is a hydrating mist. It’s quick and will provide your parched, all-partied-out skin some hydration before you catch some z’s. Ideally, you should always be applying a moisturiser as your final step, but if you can’t keep your eyes open, then close them and spritz on some Queen of Hungary Mist. It’s got a dreamy neroli and rose scent and is infused with a mix of potent minerals found in Hungary’s thermal waters (the earth’s crust is thinner there, so the waters are packed with ingredients that kick-start and stimulate skin regeneration).

Too tired to even use your hands to remove your party look? Foreo LUNA Play Plus to the rescue. This mini device blasts through dirt, oil and makeup to unclog pores in a matter of minutes. Its bacteria-resistant silicone bristles work with 8000 T-Sonic pulsations per minute so you can sit back, relax and jump into bed with smooth, clean skin. Try it with your favourite cleanser.

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