How To Remove Makeup in 5 Minutes Or Less

We all know that removing your makeup before bed is imperative for smooth, healthy skin. But when you’re tired after a long day or late night, removing your makeup can feel like an insurmountable task. Fortunately, removing your makeup does not have to take a long time or be complicated. You can do it in 5 minutes or less. Read on to find out how. 

Remove Eye Makeup First – 2 Minutes 

This step will probably take you the longest, depending on how heavy your makeup is. But hang in there—you can do it in 2 minutes, probably less!

  • For mascara and light eyeshadow and liner, you can use water and mild cleanser. No makeup remover required. First, splash your eye area with lukewarm water. Then, using pea-sized amount of cleanser, very gently massage your entire orbital eye area (eyes closed, of course) with your fingertips in a circular motion. In particular, focus on your lashes and lashline to help dissolve the mascara. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. You may have to repeat if your mascara is waterproof.
  • For heavy eye makeup removal, we recommend using a face makeup remover. Makeup removers come in several different forms, including liquids, gels, oils and wipes. You can even use coconut oil in a pinch if you’re looking for an easy makeup remover substitute. Be sure to use a gentle makeup remover, avoiding harsh ingredients like alcohol or fragrance. Gently massage a generous amount of makeup remover over the eye area, giving it few moments to dissolve your makeup. Then, very carefully wipe it away with a soft cotton pad. Remember: no tugging, pulling or scrubbing at your very delicate eye area. You should be using enough product to allow the cotton pad to easily slide over your skin.

Use a Clarisonic Facial Cleansing Brush: The Best Makeup Remover – 1 Minute

Time to fire up your Clarisonic facial cleansing brush. There are two great reasons why we feel a Clarisonic is the best makeup remover: First, it will remove makeup, oil and impurities 6 times better than your hands alone. Second, it only takes one minute!

Run warm water over your device and add a dollop of cleanser to outer edge of the brush. Turn it on and spend 20 seconds on forehead, 20 seconds on nose and chin, and then 10 on each cheek. Don’t press too hard, let the brush glide over your skin for maximum effectiveness. If you have a Mia 2, Mia FIT or SMART Profile device, there’s a built-in timer that pauses briefly during the one-minute cycle when it is time to move your cleansing brush to another area of your face. When the cycle is finished, the brush automatically stops. 

Rinse Your Face and Pat Dry – 30 seconds

Using lukewarm water, rinse away the excess cleanser and makeup residue. Pat dry with a soft towel. Give your cleansing brush a quick rinse and set it out to dry.

Apply Skin Care Treatments (optional) – 1 minute, 30 seconds  

OK, you could go right to bed now, but if you can possibly stay awake 90 seconds longer, we recommend completing at least a step or two more of your regular skin care routine. When your face is freshly cleansed and makeup-free, it’s prepped to get the most benefit from your skin care products. Nighttime is also a great time to apply special treatments because you won’t be applying makeup over the top. So throw on an AHA or BHA exfoliant product and an anti-aging moisturizer or treatment serum. It takes just a few seconds. You will be glad you did when you wake in the morning with smooth, healthy skin.

That’s it. You’re done. Now, go to bed!