How to Make Your Own Homemade Makeup Remover

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When you go through the trouble of applying natural makeup, it only makes sense that you have a natural makeup remover as well.

People, and especially women, who have been battling acne-prone skin know the challenge and grueling task it is to remove makeup at night. If not, you might suffer acne in the morning.

Removing makeup is essential for a healthy and glowing skin. Treat your skin right, and she will return the favor by allowing you to glow every day of the week.

Why do we wear makeup?

Now, we cannot remove makeup from the beauty equation completely. Let’s be honest, no matter how healthy and natural you are trying to live, that doesn’t mean you have to completely avoid makeup.

Some of us wear makeup to boost our confidence, to correct mistakes on the face, to enhance favorite parts of the face, as a way to express our creativity and artistic nature, and much more.

And while you might feel fine on the days you do not wear makeup, every now and then, you need just a little touch. The reality is that removing makeup can sometimes be more irritating than applying makeup.

But it should not always be that way. If you use good natural and homemade makeup remover, removing makeup can become an easy and simple process.

How to remove makeup naturally

Here are some great options for removing makeup naturally. All that is left is for you to decide which one to use first.

Oil Cleansing

Oil Cleansing

There is nothing complicated here. Oil cleansing is cleaning your face with oil.

You might find it ironic, but oil cleansing can dissolve the excess oil in your pores. With the right oils, you can actually balance overly dry or overly oily skin. You can use this technique for any skin type.

Popular oils for oil cleansing include olive and castor oil, but you can also use coconut, sunflower, avocado, and other oils. Try what works for you, and do it.

Some people even use a mix of two oils. As a general rule of thumb, here are some ideas to try.

  • For oily skin, mix 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive oil, sunflower oil, or hazelnut oil
  • For a dry skin, use nourishing oils like olive oil, or try and add a small amount of castor oil to the nourishing oils
  • For combination skin, mix oils in ratio of ¾ olive oil or any other oil and ¼ castor oil

Here is a step by step guide on how to perform oil cleansing properly.

  1. Use just a quarter-size amount of oil and use your fingers to massage it over your face for one to two minutes
  2. Soak a clean washcloth in hot water and wring it out before placing it over your face. Allow the washcloth to sit for one minute, steaming your face
  3. Wipe your skin with the clean side of the cloth. Let the thin layer of oil left behind to soak into your skin

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is a great way to remove makeup before going to bed. Witch hazel is basically an herbal extract or hydrosol. Used traditionally for skin problems, you can use it to remove makeup and sleep tight.

The best way to use witch hazel it to dilute with water in 50:50 ratio. Soak the corner of a washcloth, and then use it to remove makeup in circular motions.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is another natural ingredient that can be used for a variety of skin issues.  You can use aloe vera with a combination of with other skin-nourishing nutrients to make your very own makeup remover.

  1. Start by combining equal parts of honey and aloe vera gel in a small container. Add 2 tablespoons of any oil (olive, coconut, or any other oil), for every 1 cup of cleanser.
  2. Use an immersion blender to combine the ingredients. Once you have a smooth paste, store it in an airtight container. Keep your cleanser in the fridge.
  3. Use just a small scoop of the cleanser to remove your makeup. Massage it into your skin for two minutes, and then rinse with cool water.

Your own makeup remover wipes


Conventional baby wipes can carry certain side effects, as you never know what was used to produce them. They might contain chemical preservatives and other unnatural ingredients that can be harsh on your skin. A better option is to make your own.

Here are the ingredients:

  • Cotton rounds
  • 1 tablespoon of pure aloe vera gel
  • 3 teaspoons of pure witch hazel extract
  • 1 teaspoon of liquid castile soap
  • 1 teaspoon of fractioned coconut oil or any other skin-cleansing oil
  • 8-12 drops of skin-soothing essential oils like lavender or frankincense
  • 1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
  • A pint-sized jar with a tight-fitting lid
  1. Start by combining all of the ingredients except the cotton rounds in the jar. Shake or use an immersion blender to mix the ingredients.
  2. Stack the cotton rounds in the jar, and then gently shake to coat them with the homemade wipes
  3. Use a cotton round to wipe your makeup

Honey Face Wash


Honey has natural antibacterial properties, making the ingredient perfect for nourishing and cleaning your skin. In addition to removing your makeup, honey will also help you fight off acne and remove dead skin cells.

Rub a teaspoon of raw honey between your hands, and then spread it over your face. Massage in a circular motion. Allow the honey to stay on your face for 5 minutes, and then remove with a warm cloth.

Rose Water Cleansing Gel

rose water

Nothing smells as feminine and as lovely as rose water. You can use rose water for a variety of things, including for your own perfume, but we will focus on making it a homemade makeup remover.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 cup of rose water
  • ¼ cup of aloe vera gel
  • 1 teaspoon of castile soap
  • 8 drops of rose absolute for additional scent
  • 2 teaspoons of glycerine
  1. Mix all the ingredients, and then pump a squirt of the cleanser into your clean hands or on a clean washcloth.
  2. Massage over your face in a circular motion.
  3. Rinse with water and pat your skin dry

Homemade makeup remover

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