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We have all been there—late night parties, overtime at work, and by the time we get home and hit the sack, we are too exhausted to even wash our face or take off our makeup. I of course I was guilty of this when I was younger. I would sleep with my makeup on. I swear to God, I really felt the bad effects for days! My skin would either break out or be dull and lifeless. Our skin regenerates at night, so when we do not take off our makeup, the pores are unable to breathe and this disrupts the regenerative process.

While makeup remover wipes may look like a quick and easy way to remove your makeup, it doesn’t do the job completely. Makeup remover wipes will only remove product from the surface of your skin, which isn’t enough when it comes to makeup removal. If you’re going to use makeup wipes, use them as a first step to take most of your makeup off, but always use a cleanser afterwards.

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To ensure that you go to bed with clean skin that can regenerate at night, here are the proper steps to removing your makeup:

1. Start with your lips. Cleanse your lip color first to avoid any future messes. Gently wipe off all traces of lip color, especially if you used the waterproof and pigmented kind.

2. Next is your eyes. The most important thing to remember when removing your eye makeup is that the surrounding skin is very thin and delicate, so you need to be very gentle and always remember—don’t rub! For best results, soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover, and simply hold and pat it onto the eye area for a few moments, which will soften and loosen up the makeup so you can softly wipe it away.

3. Lastly, take off your base. The final step is removing your foundation. Using a cotton ball or pad, apply makeup remover to your face, wipe off the makeup and grime, and follow up with a rinse using your favorite facial wash or cleanser. Continue on with a toner and finish up with a moisturizer to hydrate your skin. Don’t forget the eye cream.

Tip: If you are having trouble removing your eye makeup, try using petroleum jelly. It truly works wonders, even on the most waterproof makeup!

For more of Barbi’s makeup and beauty adventures, follow her on Instagram.

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