We know, we know: after a long night out, the last thing you feel like doing is removing your makeup. But your skin needs the night to end too...
Step 1: Rub on makeup remover Moisten a cotton pad with eye makeup remover and, with your eyes closed, rub your upper eyelids from top to bottom, removing eye shadow and mascara. Repeat until no makeup residue appears on the pad.
TIP: If you use waterproof mascara, you'll need an oil-based eye makeup remover.
Step 2: Remove eye makeup Open your eyes and give your lower eyelids a few upward strokes until the mascara and liner are removed.
TIP: Be gentle. You don't want to stretch your skin or get makeup or makeup remover in your eye.
Step 3: Remove lipstick Moisten a cotton pad with makeup remover and wipe them, starting from the outer corners and working your way in. Repeat until all lipstick is removed.
Step 4: Remove all makeup Using another cotton pad moistened with makeup remover, wipe any remaining makeup off your face. Make sure you clean the outer edges of your face, where makeup tends to collect.
Step 5: Splash face Gently splash your face with warm water.
Step 6: Apply facial cleanser Use your hands to apply the facial cleanser, massaging it into a lather. Don't apply facial cleanser to the eye area--it might irritate the eyes and cause burning or tearing.
TIP: Avoid regular soap, which can dry your skin. For oily or combination skin, use a mild foaming cleanser; for dry skin, use a cream cleanser.
Step 7: Rinse face Rinse your face with warm water until all the makeup and cleanser is removed. Pat your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
Step 8: Apply toner Apply an alcohol-free toner to restore natural pH levels to your face.
TIP: Toner will also help remove any microscopic bits of makeup in your pores that the cleanser may have missed.
Step 9: Moisturize Apply moisturizer to your face and massage it into your skin. Ahhhhh... doesn't that feel good? Sweet dreams...
FACT: Women in Elizabethan England used to spread egg whites over their faces for a glazed look.