SO, how did you survive Sinulog weekend? Last week, I shared some tips and products on budge proof, melt proof, party proof makeup that withstood the Sinulog madness for me in past years. Now, how do you take off this nearly bulletproof stuff from your face when it’s finally time to go to bed? 

Your regular facial wash alone will not cut it unless you wash your face maybe three times. Instead of scrubbing at your skin like you would a frying pan, gently remove makeup with one of these. 

Micellar water

Micellar waters have been around for a long time, but they became really popular last year. Put some on a cotton ball or pad, and watch your makeup come off like magic without any hard rubbing or stickiness. I use Bioderma for sensitive skin and it can take off my whole face in one or two cotton pads. 

Makeup remover

Your eyes and lips have the thinnest skin on your face, and yet they’re subject to waterproof mascaras and liquid lipsticks that are formulated to cling on as much as possible. This Missha eye and lip makeup remover is so affordable, but melts off even remnants of black eyelash glue or the darkest liquid lipstick. Use a cotton bud for the lash lines to really get everything off.

Cleansing oil

These will remove makeup while cleansing the face, and will leave skin feeling soft and comforted after. Shu Uemura does these best, but with a hefty price tag. The ones by Nature Republic are a fraction of the cost, although they do take more product and time to take effect. 

Face brush

I use the Body Shop’s face brush with my facial cleanser especially when I’ve been wearing thick foundation to a special occasion. Hint: This removes Sinulog poster paint without hurting your skin. 

Face wipes

If you’re simply too exhausted to fuss with makeup removal, keep some makeup remover wipes on your bedside table so you can simply wipe things off before you crash. I love using regular baby wipes for freshening up my body on a hot day, but these don’t do the job for me for makeup removal. Try Clinique’s new Pep-Start Quick Cleansing Swipes instead.