When bold eyeshadow, dramatic liner and lashings of mascara are your daily go to, you need removers that do what they say on the tin. Warpaint rounds up the removers best for that magic disappearing act.
When your job is to ensure the perfect smoky eye, that precise smudged out liner and lashes worthy of a cover, you spend so much time perfecting it that you forget that it has to be dissolved at the end of the day. Sometimes you need to change a model’s look during your shoot multiple times, so it’s important that you have a selection of removers that really do the job.
Disappointing eye make-up remover is right up there with wrongly matched foundation. Any residue left on the eye is not only bad for eye health and skin, but it can ruin an upcoming make-up look, not to mention the premature wrinkles that can arise from tugging and scrubbing at the delicate eye area thanks to a less than ideal remover. Then there is the issue of ensuring that you use the right remover for your client. Do they have sensitive eyes? Then you have to choose accordingly. Are they wearing contact lenses? Be wary of oil based removers. At the end of that work day, the remover that you use has to be just as good as the make-up you are taking off. And happily there are some great contenders in every price range.
Oil and water formulas like this one from Daniel Sandler are an absolute essential in your kit. Bi-phase has moved on from the greasy leave-behind era of old and now the textures are much more sophisticated. This is especially effective on stubborn mascara and can even be used to swipe away long-lasting lipsticks.
This remover is great for particularly mild cleansing of areas around the eyes. No fragrances or perfumes have been added and because of the dual-phase nature of the product accurate cleansing can be achieved. Shake well before use so that both formulas mix, and soak a cotton pad until it is moistened but not so that it drips. Not recommended for lens wearers, but a gentle clean that protects sensitive skin.
Both fast and gentle thanks to soothing Rose Damascena extract, tender skin is cared for with this ophthalmologist tested remover. Stubborn eye make-up quickly dissolves without the need for rubbing or redness. Gently sweep across lids and rinse only if desired, and there should be no need as this doesn’t leave any greasy dregs or sting.
This is strictly a swipe and gone remover. For heavy or water-resistant make-up this bi-phase lotion removes all traces like a dream – no rubbing required. It has a beautifully light fragrance due to the organic camomile, cornflower and rose water extracts. So maybe not best for those with extra sensitive eyes, though for anyone else these additions help to calm, soften and refresh eyes for an impurity ridding clean.
This heavy duty yet hydrating eye make-up remover from MAC is mega-effective. No smudges or tears here, this clear and lightweight liquid makes easy work of all eye make-up, including transfer-resistant and waterproof products. Thanks to the soothing cucumber extract this is perfectly safe for contact lens wearers and because it doesn’t require any rinsing, make-up can be immediately reapplied (great for those rushed photoshoots!)
When this bottle is shaken the emollient crystalline oil and the blue-tinted water, rich in moisturising agents, instantly blend together to offer both gentle and effective cleansing action. One of the bi-phase products that we’ve come across that is adapted to lens wearers, there is no oily effect and skin is left extremely soft post-use. Both lids and lashes are left supple, preserving the fragile contour area.
Sensitive eyes are catered for with this product. A mineral oil-free gel that is incredibly gentle and doesn’t leave lids feeling irritated. It instantly removes impurities, even waterproof on the most sensitive skins and thanks to the gel texture is great for regular contact wearers. The pump action delivers just the right amount and is great for your kit, as it is very hygienic.
This luxe dual-phase formula leaves eyes clean and feeling refreshed. SLS-, paraben- and fragrance-free, the panthenol ingredient moisturises, conditions, protects and adds suppleness to lashes. Saturate cotton pad and apply to eye area, holding for several seconds, then gently wipe downward. The stone extract malachite has fantastic antioxidant activity to help rehydrate and protect post removal, making it perfect for all skin types.
For everyday use and light make-up, this ultra-mild formula is great for lens wearers. The bestselling product contains Pro Vitamin B5 to restore, soften and smooth the delicate eye area. A great budget option if you are always recommending products to your models, and end up giving it away!
For clients whose eyes won’t deal with anything except water, this Micellar Lotion is the next best thing. Using kind to eyes cleansing agents, the cornflower, camomile and witch-hazel water combined with glycerin do a fabulous job of softening, soothing and toning the skin. Waterproof make-up comes off super easily and the eye contour is cleansed of daily pollution. This can also be used on the face, making it a MUA must have.