Mascara and eyeliner are notoriously difficult to remove. We don’t want to tug and pull because the eye area is very delicate, so most of us end up with a half-cleanse, hoping that what’s left over will somehow fall off. Valerie Seah, trainer for Urban Beauty Academy, shares how to really clean off eye makeup.

Step 1
Soak a cotton pad in eye makeup remover and place it over your lashes. The trick is to hold it there for a few seconds to allow the remover to break down the mascara.

Step 2 
Move the cotton pad downwards, from roots to lash tips. Do this until no more mascara comes off.

Use another cotton pad to work on eyeshadow, eyeliner and brow makeup. Sweep – not drag – the pad gently from the inner eye corner to the outer corner.

Fold the cotton pad in half and lower your chin to clean off eye makeup on the lower lashes. Work from the inside out, repeating until you get all the gunk off.


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This article was originally published in Simply Her January 2014.