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The best make-up removers on the market by skin type

Because sleeping with your make-up on is a major no-no

When it comes to make-up, there’s really only one golden rule: to take it all off with your best make-up remover (followed by your best cleanser) before you go to bed.

Yes we know it’’s a chore. And how sorely tempting it is to just fall face-first into a pillow after a heavy night out. But while it may be OK to skip using the best night cream once in a while, sleeping with a full face on is a major no-no (even if Kim Kardashian has admitted to sleeping with her make-up on).

Why, we hear you ask? Because this is the time your skin repairs itself, shedding dead skin while renewing your cells. By going to sleep with your make-up on, you’re stopping this process from being effective.

This in turn increase the likelihood of clogged pores, irritation, inflammation and exposure to free radicals. A pretty high price to pay for not taking a couple of minutes out of your evening to take it all off, no? Investing in the best make-up remover will cost you far less in the long run.

So with this in mind, scroll through our round up of the best make-up remover money can buy, to maintain clear and healthy skin.

Best eye make-up remover

Lancôme Bi-Facil Make-Up Remover, £19.35, Fabled

best makeup remover Lancome Bi Facil

If you’ve had a heavy night accompanied with heavy eye make-up, you’re going to want something that little bit stronger in your corner to take it off before bed. Enter Bi-Facil; strong enough to take off a heavy duty waterproof mascara, but won’t sting your eyes in the process.

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Best make-up remover for oily skin

NARS Gentle Oil-Free Make-Up Remover, £18.50, Fabled

best make-up remover NARS Gentle Oil Free Makeup Remover


While most heavy-duty make-up removers will contain oil to help budge waterproof mascara, NARS’ Oil Free remover doesn’t. It’s a bi-phase formula (meaning you shake it to wake it) and won’t leave any greasy residue all over your lids. Bye, mascara.

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Best make-up remover for sensitive skin

Garnier Micellar Water, £4.99, Boots

best make-up remover Garnier Micellar Water

While there are many great, this is a frontrunner for us because it leaves no residue behind . It’s got no scent whatsoever and is really gentle on even the most sensitive of eyes – if you’re not keen on oil-based eye make-up removers, this makes light work of mascara, shadow and stubborn liner.

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Best make-up remover for acne prone skin

La Roche-Posay Respectissme Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover, £11, Boots

best make-up removers La Roche Posay Respectissme

It’s normal to have slightly blurry eyes after using an oil-based remover (so don’t panic if things are a little fuzzy just after using one), but they’re the only thing that’ll get heavy duty or waterproof makeup to budge. Shake it to wake it.

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Best make-up remover for dry skin

bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Total Cleansing Oil, £17.60, Fabled

best make-up remover bareMinerals Oil

Using an oil cleanser is an ideal choice for drier complexions as it won’t leave you with that, uncomfortable tight feeling afterwards – for oilier complexions, oil cleansers can feel a bit much. BareMinerals’ Oil Obsessed is raved about by just about any oil cleanser enthusiast, dissolving make-up upon contact with your face (massage it gently into dry skin) and then washing off as a thinner, milky formula when rinsed with warm water.

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Read on to shop five more hero make-up removers your beauty arsenal should never be without.

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