1. Removing Red Lipstick
These days, it is all about rich lip stains, bright, matte lipsticks and long-wearing lip tints. This means they can be difficult to remove. Joanna recommends using make-up removing wipes, which have strong, soft fibres and do not come apart when you rub them over your lips, before using an oil-based makeup remover on the entire face. Another trick is to coat your lips with a thick layer of lip balm or Vaseline and then wipe it off. The lipstick will glide off easily. You can also use olive oil.
2. Removing False Lashes
Do not rip them off as your real lashes might come off with them, Joanna warns. Worse, ripping false lashes off repeatedly could cause sagging eyelids. Use eye makeup remover that targets waterproof make-up. Pour some on a cotton square, hold it over your closed eyelid for a few seconds, then swipe to remove the eye makeup and falsies at the same time.
3. Removing Thick Foundation
When your foundation has been piled on thickly, it is best to use an oil-based makeup remover, Joanna says. Do not trust make-up removing products that call themselves one-step wonders – double-cleansing is usually best for removing lots of foundation. Wash your face with facial foam after.
4. Washing Hairspray Out
If there are knots in your hair, do not attempt to comb them out. Instead, Joanna says, drench your hair in water, put lots of conditioner on and massage it into your hair and scalp until your fingers can move smoothly through your hair. Then, shampoo and rinse, making sure your scalp is clean. After that, condition the hair again, this time only from the middle of the shaft to the ends.
Here are some products to help you out…
Etude House Lip & Eye Remover, $7.90.
A gentle makeup remover that dissolves eye and lip makeup while leaving your skin soothed and moisturised. Available at Etude House stores.
Hada Labo Super Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Cleansing Oil, $19.90.
A mild formulation with olive oil to deeply cleanse away dirt, excess sebum and hard-to-remove makeup, including waterproof mascara, without leaving a greasy feeling. It’s also made with the brand’s iconic Super Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate skin. Available at Guardian, Watsons, Sasa, selected NTUC FairPrice and selected departmental stores.
Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil, $30.
Massage this gentle cleanser into your face to remove makeup and dirt without stripping your skin of its natural oils. Available at Fancl stores.
Frei Ol lip balm, $14.90.
After removing heavy lipstick, nourish lips with this rich lip balm from Germany that’s made with a potent formula of mimosa wax, shea butter and ceramides. Available at Guardian.
Percy & Reed Bountifully Bouncy Volumising Conditioner, $34.
Work this lightweight conditioner through your hair and let it sit for a two minutes to loosen product buildup. It’s made with blackcurrent extract to pump up fine tresses, as well as grape seed oil and aloe vera gel for nourishment. Available at Sephora.