I find that using soap and water, makeup remover pads or baby oil is very irritating to my eyes. What kind of makeup remover is the best to use? Sometimes I wear water-proof mascara, but most of the time I use the water-based mascara because it doesn’t seem to dry my lashes.

Of course, the ideal eye makeup remover would be easy to apply, would cause no irritation, remove eye liner, eye shadow, and mascara easily and quickly, and condition the eyelashes, all in one step. Unfortunately, you may not get all of the above out of a product, but you should not settle for fewer than three or four of them.

Eye makeup removers are available in oily or water-based formulas, lotions creams, gels or pads. Using the correct product will also keep the pulling and rubbing of the skin tissues around the eyes to a minimum. For example, when you use waterproof mascara eyeliner or eyeshadow you will probably have to go to an oily type of remover. The regular water-based, non-oily removers can be used on most eyeshadows, liners and mascaras. Quite often a gentle facial cleanser will remove the makeup without purchasing another remover but check with your esthetician or sales person, for your needs.

There are also removers available for those whose skin is sensitive or allergic, or for lashes which need more conditioning or moisturizing. Watch out for excessive perfumes in removers, or ingredients that may include glycerol or glycerine because they may be drying to the lashes and lids. If you wear contact lenses, be sure to remove them before cleansing and keep your eyes closed during the cleansing routine.

Saturate a dampened cotton ball with the remover and gently apply across the eyelid and lashes and leave it on for at least 30 seconds. With another dampened (with water) cotton ball sweep the cotton ball across the lid and downward and outward over the lashes. Try not to rub the lashes back and forth. If there is still some mascara or liner on the lashes, wet some Q-tips and gently roll the tip downward on the lashes. Never use tissues around the eye area – they are too harsh and the small wood particles may irritate.