Do you use a separate cleanser for removing makeup?

I do! I find that I need a cleansing oil or more emollient cleanser to really breakdown all of the makeup I wear compared to a more “daily” cleanser that does a nice job for lighter-weight makeup days or no makeup days.

— Christine


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
Seraphine Avatar

Oops, I read the question wrong. Lol!!!! I thought it referred to brushes for some reason. (Christine, can my answer about my brushes be removed?)

I wash my face with Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap. I don’t use a separate makeup remover.

Joyce Avatar

Yes. Micellar water, cleansing oil, or cleansing balm (esp for waterproof mascara). And then a separate face wash to get what the makeup cleanser missed. But I feel like that’s not enough because when I dry my face with a white towel I still see bits of makeup! Grr!

Ana Maria Avatar

I have the same issues… I am very careful to cleanse twice, but sometimes I still see small leftovers on my white towels. Usually it’s just things from the hairline. I hate most the mascara gunk that I find later in the corner of the eyes. 😅

Penny Avatar

Absolutely! On days when I wear full makeup, I find I need an eye makeup remover (MUFE sensi-eyes is a great one), then an oil cleanser, following with a creamy foaming face wash to feel really clean. If I don’t use an eye makeup remover I find I have to rub my eyes too much and its irritating. I know it’s a lot but otherwise I just don’t feel clean…Good skin care is not for sissies!! (LOL) On no makeup days, a little foaming face wash is all I need.

Lauren Avatar

I love the MUFE Sens’eyes. It is the only product I can use that doesn’t irritate my eyes or require a bunch of rubbing to remove product. I exclusively use waterproof mascara and this is the only thing that really gets rid of it all without burning or stinging.

Ana Maria Avatar

Always! I prefer to remove my makeup with a balm cleanser. I need something that can throughly remove everything, especially since I wear waterproof mascara.
I prefer to have a milder cleanser as a face wash; something that I can use in the morning without being too much, but can take on a heavy waterproof SPF layer when used twice.

Nancy T Avatar

Absolutely yes! That’s when I loosen up literally ALL my makeup, even waterproof makeup with coconut oil, and once it’s dissolved, I then go in with my trusty FAB Pure Skin Face Cleanser. After I’m done rinsing thoroughly and patting dry, I take a generic Walmart sensitive skin makeup remover wipe to get anything left behind, like pieces of mascara or traces of something else.

Lacey Avatar

Yes. Grapeseed oil – inexpensive, lightweight, gentle, takes everything off, even spf and concealer. I layer a cream or gel cleanser over it, let it sit a few minutes, then take it off with a warm, soft washcloth. It’s like a mini spa for my face everyday.

If I’ve worn waterproof mascara, eyeliner or layers of sparkly eyeshadows I go in with Neutrogena oil-free eye makeup remover first. : )

brendacr1 Avatar

I can’t stand the thought of something left on my face so yes I use a very emollient cleanser to melt everything away and keep my skin moisturized. I also use the Makeup Eraser in the shower every day and it helps to get every speck of mascara off if there is any residue left behind.

Genevieve Avatar

Yes, sometimes I do if I have gone out in the evening and redone my makeup – usually a more glam look. I find using a facial oil (at the moment DeWinn’s facial cleansing oil) is really good at taking off all the makeup and then I do a light cleanse with my normal cleanser to make sure I have got all of it off. Sometimes it’s the mascara that’s hardest to get off.

Deborah S. Avatar

Definitely yes. I actually use the pictured Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil followed by Nuxe Reve de Miel Facial Cleanser which I use sort of as a mask. I put it on and let it sit for 5 minutes or so and then massage in and rinse. I usually follow that with some type of foaming cleanser or gel cleanser. I always wear waterproof mascara so it takes a good oil cleanser to break it down. I do like the Farmacy Melt Away Cleansing Balm also.

Ellen Avatar

Loved Clinique’s comforting cream cleanser, took off everything, including waterproof mascara in one step!! Have not been able to find a replacement for it. I find that the balms leave a oily film in my eyes, so I can only use them of my face, and liquid eye makeup removers take multiple scrubs with cotton balls to get anything off, too much damage to skin! Still looking for a dupe of Clinique’s amazing product which was discontinued for no apparent reason. I believe I tried MUFE sensieyes, and it irritated my eyes! I am very sensitive. I have ponds unscented cold cream and DHC makeup removing oil to try until I find my perfect replacement, until then, I will take any suggestions. Tatcha products all have fragrance, so I cannot use them.

Z Avatar

I oil cleanse every day to break down my sunscreen and light makeup. Most days I don’t bother with mascara (to which my lashes have been thankful), but if I do then it’s a two-step cleanse instead of one.

Jen Avatar

I don’t feel the need to double cleanse every day, but when I do I use e.l.f.’s Holy Hydration cleansing balm. It’s crazy cheap but so far it’s been quite effective for me and it doesn’t leave my skin feeling stripped. Afterwards I follow up with my regular daily cleanser and everything is taken care of.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!