Biggest make-up removal mistakes according to an expert, from only using wipes to choosing the wrong cleanser

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We’ve all had a night or two when we just couldn’t face doing a proper skin cleanse. But consistent bad habits often end up leading to complaints such as clogged pores, irritation or skin puffiness.

So if you feel stuck in a bit of a bad-skin rut, it could just be that you need to tweak a few make-up removal practices. Someone who knows all about good beauty habits is Saffron Hughes, make-up artist at FalseEyelashes.co.uk.

She notes that a good night-time routine is key to healthy skin, and says these common mistakes are ones you quickly need to correct…

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Mistake 1: Not using the right cleanser around your eyes

“Your eye area is more sensitive and delicate than your facial skin, so you need to use a dedicated remover to eliminate mascara and eyeliner, as opposed to a general cleanser,” says Saffron.

“Opt for a water-based eye makeup remover, as an oil-based can cause under-eye puffiness. Also, if the oil-based remover isn’t washed off well enough, any eye products you apply after won’t properly absorb.”

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A micellar formula like this is perfect for use on sensitive skin and around the eye area, as it gently lifts away make-up and dirt – no scrubbing required.

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Mistake 2: Rubbing your face too vigorously

“Whether you use make-up wipes, cotton pads or a microfibre cloth, you might have developed a habit of scrubbing skin too vigorously,” Saffron says. “This action can lead to micro-tears in the skin, which can cause irritation and inflammation.”

“Dry your face by patting it down, not scrubbing. Keep a separate flannel for your face and change it every two days for optimum hygiene.”

Mistake 3: Only using makeup wipes

“Make-up wipes, although convenient, aren’t enough to clean your face. In fact, they only remove part of your make-up and surface bacteria, leaving behind oil and grime from your day,” Saffron explains.

“If you must use wipes, use them only as the very first step of cleansing. Opt for additional micellar water and cleansing cream afterwards.”

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Mistake 4: Missing out your eyelids when cleansing

“Many of us frequently neglect to properly clean our eyelids, but this area can see a lot of mascara and eyeliner build up over time, which can cause irritation,” Saffron notes.

“Using a cotton swab soaked in eye make-up remover, slowly dab the corners to remove every trace of dirt. Be gentle when doing this and always use different swabs for each eye – for hygiene reasons.

Mistake 5: Wetting your skin before applying products

“When you wet your skin before applying products, you are reducing the impact of the ingredients. Wet skin will dilute the cleanser and you will be working harder to remove your make-up,” says Saffron.

“For easier removal, use a cream or gel-based cleanser directly onto dry skin, before massaging your face with water and rinsing off.”

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This cult classic product is loved by many, and promises to dissolve every last trace of make-up, pollution and grime from your complexion. It also has a special gel-to-oil formula, making it easy to apply to dry skin.

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