Are You Really Removing All of Your Makeup?
If you're waking up with raccoon eyes or lipstick smear, discover the best ways to keep your makeup from crawling into bed with you
If you want to keep your lashes intact, here's the mascara-removing technique King suggests: Before you do anything, dampen two cotton rounds (cotton balls will leave stray fibers lodged in your lashes, or worse, your eye) with water, then apply a gel-based makeup remover like Philosophy Purity Made Simple 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel For Face and Eyes, $23, or a cleansing oil like Josie Maran Argan Cleansing Oil, $32, to the cotton rounds. Rest the rounds over your closed eyelids for five to 10 seconds. "You want to let the product actually work and dissolve the mascara before you even start moving the pad," King says.
When you do begin to move the pads, treat your lashes like an extremely moody cat -- don't pet or swipe against the grain. "Never rub back and forth -- you should stroke down your lashes gently and slowly, then circle in towards the bridge of your nose, over eyelids, and again stroke down lashes," says King. "Follow this pattern until the mascara is removed." Your lashes will thank you.
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