Make Your Life Easier with DIY Eye Makeup Remover Pads
Makeup can be a PAIN to remove every night – especially EYE MAKEUP!!! Why is it so hard to remove? Waterproof mascara or not this task has always given me trouble. Just like several other skincare mistakes I made in the past, this was one I often skipped out of frustration.
From red itchy eyes to tender eyelids and pulling out eyelashes, I encountered them all when using eye makeup remover. Can you relate?
I think the beauty industry heard our cries about being too tired to cleanse our face, eye makeup included, and came up with makeup remover wipes. These are quite convenient, but the cost and waste can quickly add up.
And most mainstream eye makeup remover pads contain harmful ingredients and unnecessary dyes and fragrances according to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep. For the sake of our eyes, skin, and the planet – we deserve better!
What options do we have? What can be used as an eye makeup remover?
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How do you remove eye makeup naturally?
I’ve seen all kinds of natural eye makeup remover hacks across Pinterest such as coconut milk, olive oil, baby shampoo, coconut oil, and castile soap. But what natural eye makeup remover works best?
The best way to remove eye makeup starts with a simple solution of part oil and part cleanser. With just a few ingredients you can make an effective DIY eye makeup remover free of toxins, dyes, and fragrances. And when applied to a reusable cotton round, it’s just as convenient as an eye makeup remover wipe!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make DIY eye makeup remover pads with lash strengthening ingredients:
Oil is a natural makeup remover and there’s one for every skin type out there! Unlike harsh makeup removers made with alcohol and heavy detergents, the oil will leave your skin and lashes soft and clean without any setbacks.
You can choose from an array of choices like castor, olive, grapeseed, jojoba, and almond oil. But, I recommend you steer clear from coconut oil because it melts at a very low point, like on contact with your skin. Which means it’s likely to melt right into your eyes after application. It happened to me, and while it’s not painful or harmful for that matter, it is annoying until you secret it.
I opted for jojoba oil, which is a little less greasy and very gentle on the eyes – but you can use any of the other carrier oils above you’re most comfortable with. And if you’re trying to grow your lashes – castor oil is the best for hair growth.
Witch hazel distilled from dried leaves, bark, and twigs of the flowering witch hazel plant is a fantastic natural cleanser. (I love taking photos of the yellow witch hazel blooms in the springtime.) Can you use witch hazel to remove eye makeup?
Why yes you can, it removes makeup effectively with even the most gentle swipe across your lashes and eyelids. It’s a key ingredient in my purifying DIY toner. For additional lengthening benefits choose an alcohol-free witch hazel infused with lavender or add a few drops of lavender essential oil.
If you’re not convinced yet, here’s why I love using these DIY eye makeup remover pads and reasons you will too!
5 Reasons Why You Should Use DIY Eye Makeup Remover Pads
1. Soft and Gentle
These homemade eye makeup remover pads are incredibly gentle on your skin and eyelashes. No more aggressively rubbing your eyelids or tugging and pulling your eyelashes. They remove eye makeup including eye shadow, liner, and mascara with ease! Not to mention when applied to a super soft, bamboo reusable cotton round – it’s like removing your makeup with a cloud.
2. Suitable for Even Sensitive Skin
This solution is a great natural eye makeup remover for sensitive eyes and skin. Coming from a person who has dealt with sensitive skin all her life and skin allergies and I attest to their sensitivity. I’ve never experienced any itching or irritation with this natural eye makeup remover. My lashes and skin feel clean and nourished after use.
3. Zero Waste Makeup Remover
Even if you haven’t ventured into zero waste living, anyone can appreciate the eco-friendly nature of these DIY eye makeup remover pads. You can literally wash and use each cotton round 1000s of times. This is so much better than eye makeup remover wipes that are often not recyclable or biodegradable!!
And when you make the solution in a small, glass fine mist spray bottle, as I did, you can wash it too and refill it over and over again. Thus, cutting another plastic container from your life and our landfills.
4. Save Money
I think we all can agree we’d like to save more money. So, if you’re tired of buying expensive eye makeup remover make one instead! If you’ve already been making skincare products you’ll likely already have what you need on hand too.
And when you make your own reusable cotton rounds (here’s how I make mine…) you’ll keep more money in the bank too.
All together, putting in the three to five minutes it takes to mix up this DIY eye makeup remover will save you money when you can stop buying it for months and years to come.
5. Great for Travel
These natural eye makeup remover pads are lightweight and will fit in a tiny linen bag or a small round tin for travel. You can bring your tiny bottle of the makeup remover with you or apply it in advance by placing rounds in a small jar or reusable sandwich bag first.
Either way, you can take them with you anywhere – overnight, on the airplane, or to the gym.
Honestly, once you’ve tried these DIY eye makeup remover pads you’ll never go back to store-bought makeup removers again!
How do you make your own makeup remover?
You can make your own makeup remover pads with less than five ingredients to cleanse, moisturize, and strengthen eyelashes. Safely remove eye makeup without stripping away natural oils or causing irritation to the sensitive area around your eyes with these strengthening DIY eyelash makeup remover pads.
HOW TO MAKE EYE MAKEUP REMOVER PADS:
Using a mini funnel pour 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, into a glass fine mist spray bottle.
Top it with 2 drops of lavender essential oil for eyelash growth if you like. Then place the lid on the jar and shake well to combine.
- 1 tablespoon alcohol-free witch hazel
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 2 drops of lavender essential oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
- 1 glass fine mist spray bottle
- 20 reusable cotton rounds
- Using a mini funnel pour 1 tablespoon of witch hazel, 1 tablespoon jojoba oil, and 1 teaspoon of vitamin E oil, into a glass fine mist spray bottle.
- Top it with 2 drops of lavender essential oil for eyelash growth if you like. Then place the lid on the jar and shake well to combine.
Safely remove eye makeup without stripping away natural oils or causing irritation to the sensitive area around your eyes with these strengthening DIY eyelash makeup remover pads.
How to Use Eye Makeup Remover:
1. Spritz a reusable cotton round with eye makeup remover.
2. Gently remove makeup by working the cotton round in a circular motion over the area above your eyes and across your eyelids.
3. Then flip the cotton round over and gently wipe down your eyelashes to remove mascara and eyeliner.
For stubborn areas of makeup build-up or waterproof mascara, gently press the eye makeup remover pad over a closed eye. Hold for up to thirty seconds allowing the makeup remover to dissolve makeup residue. Then repeat the steps above it needed.
After you’ll be left with fresh, soft, clean lashes and skin. Continue with your nightly skincare routine Don’t have one? Try my 4-step routine to cleanse and remove makeup before bed. Finish with a simple eyelash growth serum to wake up with clean, healthier, fuller lashes!
How Do You Clean Bamboo Makeup Remover Pads?
It took me a little trial and error to figure out how to clean bamboo makeup remover pads when I started using them. Basically, all you need is a small delicates laundry bag or soap saver bag to place dirty makeup remover pads into before machine washing.
If you’re fed up with store-bought makeup removers and irritated skin, I hope you try one of these DIY eye makeup remover pads! Not only do they work well, but they are also more affordable and better for your skin and our planet.
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