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When it comes to skincare rules, removing makeup before bed definitely ranks high along with using sunscreen religious. And the truth is, your skin will thank you for it for years to come. Whether you like a dual-function eye and lip makeup remover, or micellar cleansing water so you don’t have to wash your face again, or even makeup wipes that are great for when you’re on the go, here are eight makeup removers that are fuss-free, tough on makeup but gentle on your skin.

Some quick tips to take note of: avoid tugging at your skin to remove stubborn makeup. Instead saturate a cotton pad with makeup remover and place over the lips and each eyelid, letting it soak for a few seconds before gently wiping away. Choose makeup wipes that are thicker and smoother so they don’t have any abrasive action on your skin. And look out for soothing ingredients like rose and chamomile that calm the skin.


Mamonde Micro Lip & Eye Remover, $15 for 100ml

Your eye area has the most delicate skin, so a dual-phase oil cleanser like this is gentle yet powerful enough to remove waterproof makeup. The key ingredient is the lotus extract, which hydrates while creating a moisture barrier to prevent further drying out of the skin.


Estée Lauder Take it Away Gentle Eye & Lip LongWear Makeup Remover, $52 for 100ml

An advanced formula that contains aloe vera and other botanical ingredients to quickly dissolves long-wear and waterproof makeup with a light sweep of a cotton pad. This dual-phase formula helps soothe the skin, leaving it clean, soft and supple, with no oily residue or greasy after-feel.


Caudalie Micellar Cleansing Water, $17 for 100ml

A soap-free micellar water that gently remove impurities and cleanses your complexion without drying out the skin. Suitable for daily use, it contains organic grape water which moisturises and decreases skin sensitivity while organic chamomile extract neutralises redness and soothes the skin.


Estelle & Thild BioCleanse Micellar Cleansing Water, $38 for 250ml

A no-rinse cleanser that tones and refreshes the skin to leave you with a hydrated, dewy glow.  Infused with nourishing aloe vera and natural coconut tensides, this soothing cleansing water is specially formulated to remove makeup while keeping the skin’s natural barrier intact.


Origins Dr. Weil For Origins™ Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Micellar Cleanser, $60 for 200ml

Dr. Weil’s signature anti-inflammatory mega-mushroom blend helps boost resilience against environmental irritants along with antioxidant-rich berry ferment to help combat the damaging effects of everyday pollution. This gentle, no-rinse, oil-free formula leaves skin feeling silky-soft and clean—never irritated.


Bifesta Cleansing Sheet Moist 46s, $14.50 

Targeted at fighting skin dullness while removing waterproof makeup effortlessly, these cleansing sheets are great when you’re travelling or to use before your workout. Absorbent amino acid provides excellent hydration and keep skin moisturised and supple.


Biore Cleansing Oil Cotton Facial Sheets Regular Tub 44s, $17.90

Soaked with 20% more cleansing oil in each sheet, this dissolves even stubborn waterproof mascara with ease, reducing any pulling or tugging at your skin. Plus, they are alcohol-free and enriched with a hydrating beauty essence to leave skin hydrated, not feeling oily or sticky.  


Clé De Peau Beauté Eye and Lip Makeup Remover Towelettes, $40 for 50 sheets

These luxurious wipes are pre-moistened with a powerful cleansing oil enriched formula which removes particles from air pollution while the new melting oil efficiently removes all types of makeup. Bio-evening primrose oil and water-holding oil hydrate the delicate eye and lip areas, while camellia oil helps repair and protect eyelashes.