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Home Recipes for Makeup Removers

author image Carol Sarao
Carol Sarao is an entertainment and lifestyle writer whose articles have appeared in Atlantic City Weekly, The Women's Newspaper of Princeton, and New Millennium Writings. She has interviewed and reviewed many national recording acts, among them Everclear, Live, and Alice Cooper, and received her Master of Fine Arts degree in writing from Warren Wilson College.
Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Removing make-up can be done naturally. Photo Credit Anmfoto/iStock/Getty Images


As useful a tool as makeup can be, enhancing your good features while camouflaging those that are less than perfect, you shouldn't -- nor would you want to -- have it on your face nonstop. When it's time for the makeup to come off, you need something that dissolves cosmetics without damaging facial skin and the delicate area around your eyes. You can make your own chemical-free, makeup remover using simple ingredients in your home. Apply a small amount to your wrist 24 hours before use to make sure you're not allergic to it.

Olive Oil and Baby Oil

Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Mix Olive Oil with baby oil. Photo Credit mythja/iStock/Getty Images

Mix equal parts olive oil and baby oil. Dab a cotton ball in the mixture and use gentle strokes to smooth away eye shadow and liner. Both oils have emollient properties and will moisturize the area around your eyes as they cleanse away cosmetics.

Cucumber juice

Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Cucumber slices. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Peel, grate and juice a fresh cucumber. Mix 1/8 cup of the juice with a few drops of baby oil and apply with a cotton ball to remove eye makeup.

Petroleum Jelly and Aloe Vera

Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Aloe vera. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images

To remove foundation and blusher from your face, combine equal parts petroleum jelly and aloe vera gel and stir well. The petroleum jelly moisturizes skin while it cleans, and the aloe vera reduces sticky residue.

Almond Oil

Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Almond oil. Photo Credit iquacu/iStock/Getty Images

Use pure almond oil to remove eye makeup. Almond oil is rich in skin-soothing substances, including vitamin E, an antioxidant with skin-protective properties.


Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Plain yogurt. Photo Credit Hiroyuki Akimoto/iStock/Getty Images

Yogurt makes an effective makeup remover. Make sure you use the plain, unflavored type of yogurt. Dip a cotton ball in the yogurt and use it to swab away blusher, powder and foundation from your face. Then rinse with cool water.

Baby Shampoo

Home Recipes for Makeup Removers
Baby shampoo. Photo Credit alexandr kornienko/iStock/Getty Images

Use baby shampoo on a cotton ball or tissue to remove stubborn mascara. The gentle "no tears" product is made for babies, but adults can use it, too.

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