How to Remove Makeup Without Wipes

We get celebrity make-up artist Arti Nayar to give us the deets on other easy and effective ways to remove make-up 

02 July, 2020
How to Remove Makeup Without Wipes

Make-up removal is an essential skincare routine, if you want to wake up with smooth and breakouts-free skin the next day. And you pat yourself in the back for doing this daily, even after those long parties that stretch into the wee hours. However, have you been using make-up wipes to do so? If your answer is a resounding yes, then let us tell you according to dermats, make-up wipes could be abrasive and they might also contain alcohol to remove makeup that may disrupt the natural ph balance of your skin. 

Also, wipes aren’t really eco-friendly. Most of the brands aren’t bio-degradable and will take eons to breakdown. Feeling guilty? Don’t yet. There are several other ways to absolutely take off all your make-up for squeaky clean and glowing skin. 

Celebrity make-up artist Arti Nayar shares some useful information that you can use. 

Try a gel-based remover

Makeup remover

Clinique Take The Day Off Makeup Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips,125ml, ₹2,150, Available on

“You can use the Clinique ‘Take The Day Off’, which is basically a gel. You have to rub it on your hands and then apply on a completely dry face with just your makeup on. Don’t use water or cleanser before using this product,” says Arti. It is an oil-based cream cleanser and it completely breaks down your make-up. Use your hands to rub the gel on to your face gently without applying pressure and then wash it off with a face wash. “Alternatively, you can dab a cotton pad with the product and clean your face with it,” suggests Arti. 


Use a water-based remover

makeup remover

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water, Cleansing and Make-Up Removing Solution, 100ml, ₹528, Available on 

“The other way is to use a water-based remover like the Micellar Water. It is gentle on the skin and removes makeup effectively,” says Arti. Dab the micellar water on a cotton swab and gently wipe off the make-up. 


Opt for an oil and water-based remover

Makeup remover

L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip And Eye Make-Up Remover,125ml,₹390, available on

Arti recommends L’Oréal make-up remover, which is an oil and water-based remover. Use a cotton pad to gently wipe off the make-up. “After removing the makeup, use a good face wash to completely cleanse your face, follow it up with a toner and moisturiser,” says Arti. 

Use baby oil

baby oil

Johnson's Baby Oil with Vitamin E, 100ml, ₹80, available on

Baby oil is also an effective makeup remover. Take a few drops on your hands and massage it on to your face. “If you have dry skin, this is a good option. You also dab cotton into baby oil and use it to clean your face. Do not use a tissue as it’s rough and will damage the skin,” cautions Arti. 

Go easy on the eyes 

It isn’t easy to remove eye make-up, especially waterproof make-up. Remember  not to rub this area hard as it’s sensitive and susceptible to damage. Opt for a waterproof remover and soak cotton pads with the remover and hold it on your lids and lashes, to allow the remover to break down the make-up and then wipe it off gently. If it’s not water-proof make-up then put some remover on an ear bud and us e it to clean kohl-rimmed eyes. Start by removing from the inner waterline, advises Arti.