The Best Make-Up Removers For Every Skin Type

The Best Make-Up Removers For Every Skin Type

Make-up removers are an essential step in any skincare routine – but not all are created equal. From wipes to gels, creams to balms, there’s an abundance of products on offer, each claiming to target different skincare concerns and needs. Here are some of our favourites…

Avene XeraCalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, £16.50

Best For: Eczema 

Dermatologists and skincare experts agree this is one of the best make-up removers on the market for ultra-sensitive skin, and even conditions like eczema. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and incredibly soothing, expect it to melt away make-up fast without any stinging or redness. You’ll find your skin looks and feels smoother after about three days.

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BareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, £24

Best For: Dry Skin 

This silky oil goes the distance – you only need a couple of pumps to remove a full face of make-up. The intensely hydrating formula uses sunflower and cucumber oils to offer a thorough, nourishing cleanse, while tangerine and lavender offer a spa-like scent.

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Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water, £15.80

Best For: Thorough Removal 

This cult cleanser was once a well-kept secret in the beauty indsutry. After being forced to bring it back from Paris for years, we can now find it in the UK – plus, it’s affordable. Globally, one of these bottles is sold every six seconds, while the water and oil-rich formula maintains skin’s pH balance and melts off make-up. If you’ve never tried it before, you’re missing out. 

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Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil, £18

Best For: Waterproof Make-Up

One pump of this luxe oil is enough to remove your make-up at the end of a long day, without the need for a double cleanse. Despite its thick texture, it never leaves behind a greasy film, while a potent mix of plant oils makes light work of waterproof formulas. The combination of peptides and grape-seed oils offers long-term hydration, too.

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Cetaphil Gentle Make-Up Remover, £24.99

Best For: Sensitive Skin

It may not look as chic as others on this list, but Cetaphil is popular for good reason. Hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this gentle make-up remover is ideal for those with sensitive skin. It’s also lightweight in consistency, so it never clogs pores or feels suffocating. Anti-inflammatory botanicals, aloe and green tea balance the skin’s pH and keep inflammation at bay, while swiftly removing all make-up – no scrubbing required.

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Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm, £44

Best For: Speedy Removal

This iconic cleansing balm is a must-have. It removes stubborn make-up, leaves skin feeling soft, and what’s more, it does it all quickly. Massage it into skin, emulsify with water and see make-up slide away immediately. The in-built oils and mimosa waxes add to the spa-like appeal, while the visible glow post-use makes the price tag worth it.

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REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk, £20

Best For: Acne-Prone Skin

Non-greasy and ultra-gentle, this one is designed to prevent future breakouts. It’s oil-free, which makes it great for acne-prone skin, but it also excludes potentially detrimental ingredients – think parabens, sulphates and mineral oils – which are known to irritate. Use the mild milk formula both morning and night to remove make-up and surface grime.

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Simple Daily Detox Oil Be Gone Micellar Water, £6.99

Best For: Oily Skin Types

Specifically formulated with oily skin in mind, this lightweight formula removes excess oil without adding any more. Witch hazel, zinc and thyme work to unclog pores, while micelle particles cling to dirt and make-up, removing it swiftly for an even cleanse. The only downside? It can often be hard to come by, so always order two for good measure.

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Clinique Take The Day Off Make-Up Remover For Lids, Lashes & Lips, £19

Best For: Eye Make-Up

The skin around our eyes is far more delicate than the rest of our face, so dermatologists often recommend using a different make-up remover for this area. Clinique’s is an industry favourite. Not only does it remove every trace of dirt without irritation, it doesn’t leave any greasy residue behind, either. Make up slides off (on lips, lashes and lids), without the need for any rubbing or pulling. Suitable for all skin types, it’s also unscented and doesn’t sting.

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Yes To Tomatoes Blemish Clearing Make-Up Wipes, £3.99

Best For: Travelling & On-The-Go

We can all appreciate wipes are a quick solution when time is at a premium. Just remember to use ones which are biodegradable. Yes To Tomatoes wipes are loved by both industry insiders and make-up artists, mainly because the gentle formula both controls and prevents breakouts with blemish-busting salicylic acid. As it’s made from 100% cellulose (a natural polymer), each wipe breaks down naturally post-use, too.

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