My Makeup Removal Routine


C: I, personally, love the whole routine of removing my makeup. I love coming home from work and taking a few minutes to really care for my skin, while removing the makeup from the day.


As my skin is reactive/allergy-prone, it can really take a beating when I am out and about due to the pollution and other irritants that can form part of the air quality in London.


Therefore, I opt for gentle and simple products in order to remove my makeup. Over the years, I have tried A LOT of different makeup removers/cleansers and have curated a list of what I believe to be the best makeup removers below.


The Best Makeup Removers for Sensitive Skin:


Makeup removers can be super harsh and filled with artificial ingredients that sting and tug at your skin. So, it is no wonder that for people dealing with sensitive skin, the thought of removing makeup can often fill us with dread.


After years of testing makeup removers; from the terrible to the incredible and many in between our founder, Carolina has found the products that do the job and do not irritate- it is possible!


So, for our pick of the best makeup remover for sensitive skin just keep reading!

My Makeup Removal Routine

Step One- Prep

The first thing I do is make sure that my hair is tied back and grab a makeup headband to keep any loose strands from falling into my face. My hair always seems to get everywhere, so this step is essential to avoid ruining a fresh blow-dry!


Over the past few years, I have looked into what small, sustainable changes I can make to my beauty routine. This has resulted in swapping out various items where I previously used the disposable versions, and now use the reusable alternatives: reusable cotton pads, my Makeup Eraser (a cleansing cloth that I now swear by) and muslin cloths.

The Best Muslin Cloths & Cotton Rounds for Sensitive Skin:

Step Two- Removing Eye-Makeup (with micellar water)

I start by using micellar water – I’ve listed some of my favourites below including my trusty Bioderma and La Roche Posay!


I soak my cotton pads in the micellar water and place them both on my eyes. I lightly press the pads for about 30 seconds to a minute depending on the level of eye makeup. Then, I use the soaked cotton pads to remove any remaining eye makeup. It is a quick and gentle technique for removing makeup, without any pulling or tugging!

The Best Makeup Removers for Sensitive Skin:

The eye area is the most delicate area of the skin and, for me, it's where I tend to get the most irritation. As a result, I treat it slightly differently and have to be even more gentle than with other areas of my face. I have found that this technique has really helped to keep any additional sensitivity at bay.


Step Three- Removing Face Makeup (with an oil-based cleanser)

I am a fan of the double cleanse, so I always start off with more of an oily cleanser first. For me, the best makeup remover I have tried is -hand's down- Clinique’s Take the Day off Balm! Here are some of my other favourites below:

Clinique’s Take the day off Balm is amazing because it transforms from balm to oil and removes every last bit of makeup without being too harsh. More recently, I have been enjoying The Inkey List’s Oat Balm Cleanser for similar reasons. I talk about the Oat Balm Cleanser in more detail in this blog post and the whole of The Inkey List range. By Terry's Nutri-Pure Comforting Balm Cleanser is also one of my top three cleansing balms!

With whichever cleansing balm I choose, I gently massage the oil into my face in circular motions for a few minutes. Then, I go in with either a muslin cloth or the Makeup Eraser and use warm water to remove the majority of the makeup on my face.


Step Four- Double Cleanse (with a lighter cleanser)

Once the makeup is gone, I like to follow up with a slightly lighter cleanser. I have listed some of my favourites below, including Jordan Samuel Skin. Again, I massage this product into my skin (but much more quickly this time!) and rinse with warm water. Finally, I lightly pat my skin with a face towel before moving onto my night-time skincare routine.


We hope you enjoyed reading. If you fancy giving any of our makeup removal favourites a go, let us know by posting a pic of the products with the #Trying...withCarolinaGMX and tag us @carolinagmx.

In the meantime, if you are interested in checking out some more reviews, you can find them here. 


Every brand and product featured on CarolinaGMX make our editorial pages once a minimum of 70% of our sensitive-skin testers consider it worthy!

If you are interested in checking out some of our other sensitive skin posts you can find the latest here.


WHERE — London

PHOTOGRAPHY — Robert Colclough


EDITED BY— Gabriela Godinho-Moxon




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Carolina - Founder
Carolina - Founder

Carolina started CarolinaGMX after working in the fashion and beauty industries for over 7 years. This has included roles at Burberry, Selfridges & Estée Lauder. Her favourite product is Clinique’s Moisture Surge 72 Hours.

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