I've discussed this topic extensively—during work events, with friends, and even in my own head. I like to think of it as research rather than neuroses. We all know it's important to remove your makeup before bed each night, but is there a superior way to do it? I decided to turn to turn to a few celebrities with great skin for advice and to scour the internet for answers. From drugstore makeup wipes to Clarisonic brushes (three of the seven women below use them), these are the various ways celebs with great skin remove their makeup each night.
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"I always need a makeup wipe. I find that I can't really take my makeup off without it. I use the Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes ($5). They take off everything but really gently—even mascara! I used to just go on a flight, fall asleep in my makeup, and not care. Now I really wash it off—first with a wipe, and then I use the By Terry Pureté de Rose Refreshing Cleansing Gel ($52) because it smells like rose."
Hale says her number one tip for keeping your skin glowy and breakout-free is to never go to bed with even a stitch of makeup on. "Double cleansing is what it's really about for me," she says. First, Hale uses DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28) to wash her face and follows up with Restorsea Reviving Cleanser ($65) and Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush ($170) to make sure the makeup and grime are truly cleared from her pores.
"I tend to do a little two-step. I take my makeup off with an oil-based cleanser, then I use my Clarisonic Mia 2 Cleansing Brush ($170) to make sure it's clean. I was joking actually that it's like a Sonicare for my face—I notice when I'm regimented about that I see the difference, and my skin feels healthier."
"I always tell my best friend off because she will go to bed with her makeup on, and I never, ever do that. I always cleanse, tone, and moisturize. I do the whole thing no matter what. I have a cleanser that I love called Esthederm that I swear by, especially when I'm working. The makeup under the lights really gets deep into your pores and this remedies that. As you can tell, I'm really into cleansing."
"Generally in the morning and in the evening, I cleanse with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser ($59), and it's followed by Epicuren Acidophilus Moisturizer ($56) or a moisture-rich cream if I feel a little drier."
"Don't remove your eye makeup with a makeup wipe. Instead, what I do for mascara that's very gentle is that I wash my face, put the water on like lukewarm, and take my fingers and gently rub my eyelashes under the water. And then you take your mascara off gently like that. Just gently massage your eyelashes under the water, and that way you don't have to scrub scrub scrub that delicate skin around your eyes, which is the first thing that starts wrinkling."
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