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Home Recipes for Makeup Removers

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.

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Olive Oil and Baby Oil

Mix Olive Oil with baby oil.
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

Cucumber slices.
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

Aloe vera.
Aloe vera. Photo Credit: Jupiterimages/ 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

Almond oil.
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.


Plain yogurt.
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

Baby shampoo.
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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