How To Remove Makeup Without Causing Wrinkles

By Minji                    

  • Yes, there is a wrong way and a right way to remove makeup, and the wrong way can cause unnecessary wrinkles
  • Take a cotton round, soak it with eye makeup remover, and let it sit for 30-60 seconds
  • The K-beauty staple of double cleansing really comes in handy with even Halloween makeup, check out my video tutorial below too~

Who loves Halloween?  Hopefully most of you screamed a (silent) yes!  It’s such a fun time to dress up, get your scary face on, be silly and indulge in some guilty pleasures (sugar is the worst for under-eye bags, but everyone needs a cheat day!).  But when it comes to the end of the night, the thought of having to remove all that makeup is not so fun…but so important…and more importantly, to do right. 

Yes, there is a wrong way and a right way to remove makeup.  If done the wrong way, it can really damage your skin, including causing unnecessary wrinkles.  Goes without saying, the worst thing you could do is not remove your makeup, just go to bed and hope to deal with it the next day.  This can result in enlarged and clogged pores, eye infections and breakouts – never, never go to bed without removing makeup.  Besides not wearing sunscreen daily, I can’t think of anything worse when it comes to skincare.  In my family, there’s a funny video of my sister, after a drunken New Year’s Eve, crawling to the bathroom while shouting, “I’m Korean…I have to remove my makeup, even if it kills me…!”     

Hopefully, you’ve (safely) made your way to the bathroom and are ready to remove your Halloween makeup!  The key is to always be gentle and never leave your skin hanging in a dehydrated state.  I always start with the eyes. Your eyes are probably the part of your face carrying the heaviest makeup but also the most delicate in terms of skin texture and durability.  Mascara and liner are the hardest to get off, but you don't want to pull, tug and cause friction.  My secret is a good eye makeup remover and good old time (yes, time takes care of everything, including stubborn eye makeup!). 

Take a cotton round, soak it with the eye makeup remover, and let it sit on your closed eye for at least 30 seconds to a minute even (brush, floss, you get the drill).  This should be enough time for the eye makeup remover to dissolve your eye makeup.  Then slowly, in short gentle strokes from your brow bone down to your lashes, wipe off everything.  After a few strokes up and down, slightly lift your eye lid from the outer corner and swipe away any remainders. If there are specific areas that need to be targeted, you can also drench a Q-tip into your eye makeup remover and gently glide it over the residue.  I’ve personally found that an oil-based remover is more effective when it comes to removing harsh eye makeup, but experiment to see what works best for you.     

Once you’re done with your eyes, move to your lips, the next delicate area.  Same process here – let a cotton round drenched in eye makeup remover sit on your lips for a while, then in gentle short strokes, swipe all the lip make up away.

Now for the face.  The K-beauty staple of double cleansing really comes in handy with Halloween makeup.  Use an oil-based cleanser all over your face - in gentle short strokes moving down and up, massage the cleansing oil all over your face.  Then, take a cotton round or tissue and go over the entire face again, gently wiping makeup off.  Then you can use a foaming cleanser to wash it all off being mindful of the art of face washing.  Don't forget your hairline, chin, neck and ear area.  Never think that you can use makeup removing wipes for Halloween – heavy makeup deserves a full sink-based double cleansing session. 

If you feel like there’s still residue on your face, consider using an exfoliating wipe or cleansing brush as the last step.  Once you’ve removed your makeup and cleansed your skin, you can follow up with the night time ritual.  I know – this is probably the last thing you want to do after a fun-filled Halloween night, but your skin will thank you in the morning.  The last thing you want is to wake up scary looking with bad skin on the morning after Halloween!