Burning and Blinding No More! The Safest Eye Makeup Removers on the Block


It’s time for a lunchtime poll, ladies: Would you rather have raccoon eyes or burning eyes?

While most makeup removers indeed deliver on their promise, not all are exactly the safest for use in the eye area. Those who wear contact lenses or have just plain sensitive skin are especially vulnerable to the “feels toxic” effects of a poor formula. Choosing a gentle, oil-free eye makeup remover reduces a host of annoyances including temporary blindness, that unintentional just-got-suckerpunched look, and spending more money on products to treat chronic puffiness.

Best Objet d’Art: Benefit Remove It

Simply dip a Q-tip into this vase-shaped bottle and watch stray mascara disappear in a snap. Imagine all of the possibilities for repurposing this bottle upon running out, too.

Available at Benefit Boutique Soho (454 West Broadway, 212-769-1111), Benefit Boutique Upper East Side (1301 3rd Avenue, 212-288-4728), benefitcosmetics.com and ULTA.com.

Best Moisturizer: Kiehl’s Supremely Gentle Eye Makeup Remover

The apothecary, which needs no introduction, introduces a treatment especially for the every-eye. In keeping with its dedication to “supremely” natural ingredients, the lotion-consistency formula is infused with cucumber gel for a cooling sensation, apricot kernel oil to soften the skin, and antioxidants known to prevent eye damage.

Available at Kiehl’s Since 1851 (109 Third Ave., 212-667-3171) and Kiehls.com.

Best Excuse for a Bergdorfs Bag: Cle de Peau Beauté Eye & Lip Makeup Remover

A formula to add to any nighttime routine for its illuminating complex alone, this doubles as a conditioner and promises noticeably softer and radiant skin around the eyes (and lips!) with continued use before turning in for the evening.

Available at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Best Airport-Friendly Wipes: e.l.f. eyes lips face Eye Makeup Remover Pads.
Perfect for weddings, funerals, and emotional high school reunions, this teensy little case fits perfectly in the tiniest of clutches. If you have to cry … just run to the ladies’ room to “freshen up” only to reemerge as poised and elegant as you arrived.

Available at http://www.eyeslipsface.com and at Target Stores nationwide.

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One of the best makeup removers in the world is unrefined organic coconut oil. It removes all makeup including waterproof makeup, waterproof mascara and even sunscreen. Also if you have easily irritated skin it calms it and leaves skin moisturized. A jar costs under $10 at Whole Foods. I was turned onto this by the makeup artist Rose Marie Swift , who does Giselle’s makeup, and will never buy another makeup remover from anyone ever again. This is coming from a loyal Bi Facil user of 18 years.

Alexza Moore

I have extremely sensitive skin and eyes so this article hits homeeee for me. I use Albolene Eye Makeup Remover because I trust the ingredients and its never irritated my eyes thank goodness, finally found something suitable for my sensitivity. It’s super gentle, paraben free, preservative free, and fragrance free…all in all a win for my eyes. I did a bunch of research on it first too and they list all the info transparently on their site https://www.albolene.com/eye-makeup-remover/


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