Behold: How a Drag Queen Takes Off Her Makeup


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We all know the age-old advice regarding makeup and your bedtime: Remove it before hitting the pillow. It's a habit that feels annoying in the moment but ultimately leads to brighter, clearer skin, less visible signs of aging, a cleaner pillowcase, fewer infections, and even longer lashes. While you can try the sans water method in a pinch, we're advocating for a full-on K-beauty–inspired ritual meant to keep your skin as healthy as possible at night. 

So who better to give a full rundown on how best to remove makeup than licensed esthetician, author, and co-founder of Soko Glam, Charlotte Cho, and Kim Chi, a legendary drag queen from RuPaul's Drag Race season 8? "My skin used to crack really badly, and I had flaky, peeling skin and scabs around my eyes from excessive lash glue," Chi explains. But after using Cho's recommended products, Kim Chi gets complimented on skin all the time. 

First, watch their (very) involved removal process and find the products they used throughout below. Each one is Kim Chi–tested, esthetician-approved.

Below, read about the K-beauty products Cho and Chi used and find the right options for you.