MA Beauty Expert: Taking It All Off - Five New Makeup Removers

Sunday, September 27, 2015
Donna Macdonald, GoLocalWorcester Beauty Expert

Mom slathered on cold cream and tissued it off. And left an oil slick behind. A friend from high school didn’t remove her makeup at all (pillow forbid!) and what was left was the base for another day’s makeup. Need I tell you her skin was not pretty? Somewhere in the middle are effective new makeup removers that are actually good for your skin.

Melt it Off

Bliss Fabulous Makeup Melt - this innovative cleanser performs like a gel but transforms to a lightweight cleansing oil that leaves skin balanced after rinsing.  It’s formulated with a spa blend of seven essential oils including lavender and sage. It does all the work and literally melts the makeup. Nordstrom

Total Nakedness

Shisedo Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover  - the current spate of long-lasting lipsticks seem like mortar to get off and no one likes to go to bed with smudgy clown lips. Shisedo’s formula swipes it all off and leaves lips, eyes, skin totally naked. And happy. Sephora

Flash Clean

Maybelline New York Flash Clean Express makeup remover is quick as a wink. One cotton ball, one swig, two eyes loaded with waterproof mascara - gone, baby gone. What’s really special is that it deep cleans too and leaves skin soft and ready for sleep. Walgreens

Tart It Up

Tarte Fresh Eyes wipes have a yummy citrus scent that is truly refreshing after a long night partying.  It may have taken a few minutes to get that cat eye liner on but one of these generous wipes takes it off in seconds flat. No tarts on the walk of shame tonight.  Ulta

Gentle Toning

Caudalie Cleansing Water performs as a makeup remover as well as a skin toner. The verdant scent recalls lemons and mint and feels soothing and natural. It’s almost hard to believe that something so innocuously fresh can cut through heavy makeup. But it does. Beautifully. Sephora

Makeup is lots of fun but removing it can be a real drag. These innovative products make it so easy you can practically do it in your sleep. Don’t worry - you’ll get to bed soon - right after you get your skin clean and pillow-ready. 

Donna Macdonald is a freelance writer who enjoys covering topics of interest to women, especially fragrance, style, beauty. She has also written marketing material for a women's book that hit the New York Times Bestseller list and netted her an up close and personal discussion on the Oprah Winfrey Show. Donna currently writes her own personal blog,, where she also writes about issues close to a woman's heart. Donna believes that when a woman finds beauty in the world, she will find beauty in herself.

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