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6 Best Products to Remove Stubborn Halloween Makeup

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Halloween season is upon us. And that means you’re probably in the thick of trying to pick out a costume. Whether you decide to wear a super-trendy costume or simply throw on a pair of cat ears and call it a day, adding the right makeup to the mix has the ability to seriously elevate your October 31st style. Of course, at the end of the night, you’ll have to take it all off, which, depending on the type of makeup you use, may be quite the challenging task. (We’re looking at you, waterproof mascara!) That’s why we’ve rounded up the best makeup-remover options, from cleansing balms to micellar water and everything in between.

  1. 1. Sunday Riley BLUE MOON Tranquility Cleansing Balm
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    1. Sunday Riley BLUE MOON Tranquility Cleansing Balm

    The Sunday Riley BLUE MOON Tranquility Cleansing Balm is, well, the bomb. The solid blue cleanser melts into a milky liquid when you massage it onto your face. The job of a makeup remover is to strip the skin of whatever’s on top of your face (like mascara and foundation), but the downside is that it can be drying. This makeup-removing cleansing balm is anything but that, thanks to the sugar-based cleansers in the formula that don’t get rid of your skin’s natural oils, protective butters (moringa and cocoa) and soothing blue tansy and chamomile. It’s the perfect pick for those with dry skin.
    Reviews say: “I love this cleansing balm! I have sensitive irritated skin from using so many different skin care products and Retin-A, but this cleansing balm is so soothing and helps to get rid of any redness. It does not irritate my skin at all and just helps to calm it. The smell is heavenly too! I will be ordering my second jar from Dermstore very soon and couldn’t recommend [it] enough!”

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  2. 2. Eminence Organic Skin Care Herbal Eye Makeup Remover
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    2. Eminence Organic Skin Care Herbal Eye Makeup Remover

    Eye makeup is usually the most difficult to take off. We’ve all had those experiences where we’ve rubbed and rubbed trying to get rid of all that eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara. Well, you’re in luck because Eminence Organic Skin Care’s Herbal Eye Makeup Remover will help you get the job done sans the struggle. This makeup remover relies on calendula flower extract to clean skin while also moisturizing it, as well as cucumber extract to tone, green tea extract to provide antioxidant protection and chamomile extract to calm skin. Bonus: It’s organic and natural, meaning there are no potentially irritating chemicals. That means dry and sensitive skin types can use it without worry.
    Reviews say: “This natural makeup remover works so much better than makeup removers with harsh chemicals that leave your skin dry and red. It smells clean, has a cool cap to pump the perfect amount of remover on your cotton ball and is a great first step in your night routine.”

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  3. 3. skyn ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths
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    3. skyn ICELAND Glacial Cleansing Cloths

    Cleansing cloths are by far the most convenient makeup-remover options to have in your arsenal. And skyn ICELAND’s Glacial Cleansing Cloths up the ante on the traditional cleansing wipes. These cleansing cloths harness the power of Icelandic glacial waters (which are known for their purifying properties) in addition to skin-brightening alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidant-rich vitamin E and moisturizing jojoba oil.
    Reviews say: “These are so perfect for when I’m on the go, my skin is tired and oily, it’s humid outside and I need a refresher. The scent is amazing and they don’t irritate my skin at all. I don’t have any sticky or oily feeling after I use them. Great for travel or keeping them in your purse.”

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  4. 4. Bioderma Sensibio H2O
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    4. Bioderma Sensibio H2O

    Bioderma’s Sensibio H2O is beloved by French girls and for good reason. This makeup-removing micellar water is specifically formulated for those with extremely sensitive skin and rosacea. The no-rinse formula contains fatty-acid esters, which are quite similar to fatty acids that exist naturally in your skin. What that means: This micellar water actually helps rebuild your moisture barrier while acting like a magnet to lift dirt and makeup off. Because you don’t have to rinse off the micellar water post-use; this is another convenient way to remove stubborn makeup.
    Reviews say: “Gentle, no sting, removes makeup like magic. I use this daily, it takes off eye makeup like a charm. I even like throwing it in my handbag If I know I want to quickly take makeup off before a workout.”

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  5. 5. jane iredale Magic Mitt
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    5. jane iredale Magic Mitt

    Who says you need a cleanser to remove makeup? jane iredale’s Magic Mitt is a handy-dandy exfoliating mitt made from microfibers that dissolve makeup (including stubborn mascara). All you have to do is soak the glove under warm water and use it as you would a washcloth. One benefit of using this mitt is that it helps protect your skin barrier from bacteria that can get inside and cause irritation.
    Reviews say: “This little mitten is truly magical. I have always struggled to get my eye makeup off without leaving my face super red. But since I have discovered this magic mitt I never have a red face after removing all of my makeup.”

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  6. 6. One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover
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    6. One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil + Makeup Remover

    The only thing harder than removing regular mascara? That’d be trying to get rid of the waterproof kind. Enter One Love Organics Vitamin B Enzyme Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover, which can be used to dissolve even the longest-wearing mascara, eyeshadow and more. Just as with the above cleansing balm, this oil cleanser can be used on dry and sensitive skin types thanks to its moisturizing properties. This oil cleanser relies on a variety of nourishing ingredients, including pumpkin seed oil, sunflower seed oil and vitamin E to get the makeup-removing job done.
    Reviews say: “One pump is plenty to clean off a full face of makeup and mascara. After massaging on for a minute or two, I rinse with cool water and pat dry with a washcloth. It leaves my skin so soft and smooth!”

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Christina Heiser

By day, Christina Heiser is a senior editor for L’Oréal Paris. By night, she’s a freelance beauty, health, and wellness writer for a variety of online publications like NBC News Better and What’s Good by The Vitamin Shoppe. Outside of the office, you can find Christina hitting up boutique spin and yoga classes in NYC, cheering on her college basketball team (go Red Storm!), and watching as many Broadway plays as she can possibly fit into her schedule. Her biggest beauty obsession: Hot pink lipstick. Follow her on Twitter.