Your wedding night is bound to be a blissful occasion -- and taking your makeup off is probably the last thing you'll be thinking of doing before the lights go out. However, it's important that you continue your pre-wedding skin regimen on your wedding night and beyond -- after all, you want your picture-perfect glow to extend into the honeymoon, right?
You may want to rely on your tried and tested makeup remover products, but be open to trying something new on your wedding night -- especially if it'll make your life as a busy bride more convenient. Consider buying a small travel-sized remover that'll fit well in your overnight bag, or quick and easy wipes that don't require a rinse. There are plenty of makeup removers on the market to fit every bride's lifestyle and budget -- but nix scrubbing off your blush and mascara with a hotel suite's bath soap. Here are 10 easy ways to wipe off wedding makeup before your wedding night.
Petroleum jelly is commonly used for all kinds of beauty-related mishaps, and it's also used as eye makeup remover. The substance is believed to protect lashes and strengthen lids, and some dermatologists even recommend spreading a thin layer of the jelly over lids, lips and your face to protect and hydrate your skin in lieu of moisturizer. To remove eye makeup and mascara on your wedding night, apply a thin layer of jelly to your lids and lashes. Use a damp cloth or tissue to wipe away the jelly, and all eye makeup should be removed.
Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover
It's very important to remove eye makeup before you go to sleep so you don't damage your lashes. Use waterproof eye makeup remover to lift eye shadow, eyeliner and mascara off your face. You can even use this remover on stubborn makeup like long-lasting lipstick and waterproof mascara. Soak a cotton round in the formula and softly press over lashes. Move the cotton round across your lids and lashes slowly to remove all makeup, and follow with a rinse using lukewarm water.
Baby oil is a silky smooth substance, often used to hydrate dry skin, but did you know that this pure mineral oil is also commonly used to remove eye makeup, too? Rubbing a small amount of baby oil over lids and lashes will loosen makeup, allowing you to simply wipe it off with a tissue or damp washcloth. However, be sure to remove all traces of oil with a cleanser and water before going to bed; leaving baby oil on your face could clog pores and cause breakouts.
Makeup Remover Towelettes
Makeup remover towelettes come in small packages, they're easy to use, and sometimes they're sold individually wrapped -- making them the perfect size to fit into your bridal makeup bag. Not only are these tiny towelettes formulated to remove makeup, oil and dirt, they also soothe and hydrate your pores, too. If you're a bride who wants to skip a lengthy trip to the bathroom sink to wash her face on her wedding night, buy towelettes that don't require a rinse after use.
Cold creams can be used to remove even the most stubborn makeup. Simply apply a thin layer of cream to your entire face, including your lips, eyes and brows. When you want to quickly remove makeup, a tissue will do the job, but skipping a rinse with water could leave your skin feeling greasy. When skin feels oily, use a wet washcloth to ensure your face is fresh before bed.
Cleansing oil is typically very gentle on skin, so it's a great makeup remover to use for those who are sensitive to other products. To use cleansing oil, use your fingers to rub a small amount of the substance all over your face, and include your eyebrows, lids and lips, too. The oil will loosen the makeup on your skin -- so there's no need to scrub. Use a cotton round soaked in cleansing oil to remove any tough makeup, and then wash your face thoroughly with water to remove all traces of makeup, dirt and oil.
Makeup Eraser Sticks
For the bride who doesn't want to remove all of her makeup before making her way to the honeymoon suite, look no further than makeup eraser sticks. These sticks, about the size of a Q-tip, have cotton swabs on either end soaked in makeup remover solution -- and they're small enough to fit in your sequined clutch. Some eraser sticks are oil-free, specifically designed for women with sensitive skin, and other brands are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. Makeup eraser sticks are easy to use and convenient, allowing you to quickly remove heavy eye makeup and any unwanted smudges with one simple stroke of the cotton swab.
Baby wipes aren't just used to soothe a baby's bottom -- these moist towelettes can be used to remove makeup and clean your face, too. Baby wipes are hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and formulated for sensitive skin. They're already wet and ready to use, unlike other towelettes that require added water to work. However, while baby wipes can remove makeup and clean your face, they usually don't wipe off eye makeup very well. Use a separate eye makeup remover to ensure your face is clean and clear before you turn out the lights.
Olive oil isn't just an ingredient for healthy culinary dishes; it's an inexpensive, natural way to remove makeup, too. It works similarly to other makeup removers, but it may not be as effective on hard-to-remove makeup, like waterproof mascara.
Olive oil is non-comedogenic, so it shouldn't clog pores or cause any skin problems. However, since it's a greasy substance, olive oil isn't recommended for use on women prone to breakouts or acne. To remove all traces of oil from your face, use a wet washcloth and rinse with water.
Foaming cleanser feels more like soap than other makeup removers; it typically will remove oil and dirt from the skin very well. There are a variety of products on the market for all skin types, including those who suffer from breakouts. Other foaming cleansers are anti-aging and include ingredients like vitamin C, glycolic acid and retinol. To use, apply a thick lather of foaming cleanser and a little water to your face, and use a soft washcloth to gently remove the suds.
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