June 30th, 2016
Whether you’re taking off colour cosmetics, cleaning up after bodypaint or rebalancing post-prosthetics, nothing feels nicer for your client than a squeaky clean face. Warpaint has tried and tested an array of make-up removers to bring you our favourites.
The Makeup Eraser (£16.99) is the newest cosmetic remover to take the make-up world by storm. One side of the Makeup Eraser is short and soft nap that takes off your make-up, including waterproof mascaras – then turn it over to the long nap side to exfoliate your skin. While it seems too good to be true, it really does remove all of your make-up and could save you hundreds of pounds on products. The Makeup Eraser is machine washable, claiming to last thousands of washes. Best of all it does not require any product, just warm water, making it perfect for everyone, even those with very sensitive skin.
MAC Wipes (£16) are undoubtedly a luxurious, but quick and easy to use product. These wipes are tough on make-up, removing waterproof products, whilst still hydrating and conditioning skin to leave it primed and ready for the next look – perfect for quick-moving make-up artists. MAC Wipes are wonderful for ensuring equal luxury and convenience.
Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial wipes (£3.25) are perfect for those on a smaller budget, or for bodypainters and SFX artists who use a great deal of wipes. They are ideal to keep in your kit for anyone with sensitive skin as they contain no alcohol or oil, and no artificial perfume or colour.
Garnier’s Micellar Water (£3.33) is faultless when it comes to removing make-up, the perfect start to a skin care regime. With micelle particles which act like magnets to lift away make-up from the skin, as opposed to simply moving the make-up or smudging it across the face, Micellar Water is guaranteed to leave you with gently cleansed skin, and is again it’s a great choice for those with sensitive skin.
For when you just want to Take the Day Off, Clinique (£22) has you covered with its luxurious cleansing balm. This product is not only great at removing make-up, it is also absolutely perfect for prepping the skin, and can be massaged into the face without leaving an oily residue after. A little really does go a very long way and it is completely essential oil and alcohol free, so it’s great to have in your kit for when you unexpectedly encounter a model or client who is completely fragrance and/or oil intolerant.
On the other hand, for those with oily skin (although it may seem paradoxical) one of the best make-up removers is a cleansing oil. Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Skin Renew Cleansing Oil (£10.99) is reasonably priced and perfect for every skin type, as oil free cleansers can leave the skin unbalanced and prone to overproducing oils. Meanwhile an oil cleanser lifts away dirt, and make-up, without stripping the natural oils in your skin. For more information on the wonders of oils, and how to use oils to perfect your look, click here.
For a red carpet ready look, the Sonya Dakar Eye Wash is perfect (£32). This eye make-up remover is not only 100% natural and vegan, it is rumoured to be favoured by Ms Paltrow. This oil needs only to be massaged into the eye area and wiped away, without the need for scrubbing or rubbing at the eyes, leaving them refreshed and ready for the next look. It also acts as a primer for eye cream, allowing maximum absorption.
And finally, the natural remedy that has a thousand uses – on the skin, hair, your teeth, for cooking, even as a shaving cream alternative – and now as a make-up remover is Coconut Oil. We recommend Vita Coco (£9.99 for 500ml), as it is 100% raw and organic. As well as being soft on the eye area, and silky smooth on your face, coconut oil contains lauric acid which is anti-fungal, anti-viral and antimicrobial, making it perfect for acne prone, dry and eczema prone skin. Massage in and wipe off for a fuss-free, simple make-up cleanse.