makeup-removing cleansers

We’re still riding the high of our nation’s new chapter, led by our new commander-in-chief, Joe Biden. Some might think I’m pushing it, but I’m emotionally overwhelmed by the prospect of a fresh start for our country. This is precisely why, at 9 am on a Thursday, I’m comparing the new President of the United States to our favourite top-rated, do-it-all face cleansers.

To expand on the metaphor, there’s nothing quite like a powerful multipurpose skincare product to change our daily routine for the better. Face cleansers and makeup removers are traditionally independent of one another, but occasionally, we’re blessed with a formula that takes off makeup and thoroughly cleanses, tones, and nourishes the skin. 

Keep scrolling to shop GRAZIA’s favourite makeup-removing cleansers, including oil-based formulas, micellar products, enzyme-infused balms, and more. 

if you wear waterproof makeup…

makeup-removing cleansers
TATCHA ONE-STEP CAMELLIA CLEANSING OIL, $77. SHOP NOW

There’s a reason why this product is currently sold out at Sephora—it’s a must-have for makeup-wearers. In this nourishing, gentle cleanser, two standout ingredients are vitamin-packed Japanese Camellia Oil and the brand’s signature anti-aging complex, Hadasei-3.

if you love micelles…

makeup-removing cleansers
DIOR HYDRA LIFE MICELLAR MILK, $64. SHOP NOW

Micellar water is one of our favourite ways to remove makeup, and this is essentially a luxury version of the drugstore version you retreat to after a late night on the town. The unique no-rinse formula contains micelles and nourishing rice milk to remove all traces of makeup and impurities on the eyes and face.

if papaya is your favourite fruit…

makeup-removing cleansers
GLOW RECIPE PAPAYA SORBET SMOOTHING ENZYME CLEANSING BALM & MAKEUP REMOVER, $51. SHOP NOW

This cleansing balm smells heavenly and feels so addictive on the skin. In addition to papaya seed oil for hydration and blueberry extract for environmental protection, it also contains papaya extract to smooth skin. If you love to double-cleanse, follow with the brand’s Blueberry Bounce Cleanser.

if you want to reduce the appearance of pores…

makeup-removing cleansers
SK-II FACIAL TREATMENT CLEANSER, $103. SHOP NOW

Sephora shoppers love how smooth this product makes their skin feel and how it reduces the appearance of pores by removing impurities. For deep-cleaning results, use SK-II Facial Treatment Cleansing Oil, and commit to them both in your daily regimen.

if you want a cleanser that doubles as toner…

makeup-removing cleansers
FRESH SOY MAKEUP REMOVING FACE WASH, $95. SHOP NOW

This lightweight gel cleanser is one of the brand’s bestselling products. It’s a three-in-one face wash that removes makeup, cleanses impurities, and tones the skin. The best part is that it comes in a jumbo size to keep you stocked for a long time.

if you want a celeb-approved formula…

makeup-removing cleansers
AUGUSTINUS BADER THE CLEANSING BALM, $86. SHOP NOW

There’s a strong chance you’ve seen one of these blue bottles in a celebrity skincare shelfie before. The Cleansing Balm is one of the brand’s newest launches, a makeup-removing formula that contains the brand’s skin-renewing Trigger Factor Complex.

if you want brighter skin…

makeup-removing cleansers
MARA CHIA + MORINGA ALGAE ENZYME CLEANSING OIL, $92. SHOP NOW

This pretty-packaged makeup-melting cleansing oil is loaded with fruit enzymes to gently exfoliate your skin and help restore its natural glow.

if you love the feel of a luxe facial…

makeup-removing cleansers
ELEMIS PRO-COLLAGEN CLEANSING BALM, $103. SHOP NOW

Once you give this buttery, makeup-removing cleansing balm a try, it’s tough to use anything else. It smells delightful, but it also comes in a fragrance-free option if that’s more your speed.

if you have dry skin…

makeup-removing cleansers
DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE HYALURONIC MARINE MAKEUP REMOVING MELTAWAY CLEANSER, $48. SHOP NOW

This product is carefully formulated so that it won’t strip your skin’s moisture barrier. It contains marine algae, hyaluronic acid, and kiwi, which all work to hydrate and moisturise.

if you want gentle exfoliating benefits…

makeup-removing cleansers
FARMACY GREEN CLEAN MAKEUP REMOVING CLEANSING BALM. SHOP NOW

Waterproof makeup is no match for this makeup remover meets face wash. We highly recommend pairing it with the brand’s new hydrating Oil-Free Gel Moisturiser With Moringa and Papaya.

thoughts?