Beauty: Take it all off

LEONIE BARLOW
Last updated 05:00 22/06/2014
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THE EYES HAVE IT: The best of the best of hard duty eye makeup removers.

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I spend a lot of time putting on eye makeup, so at the end of the day I need a top-shelf remover to take it off.

The criteria for awarding an eye makeup remover top-shelf status? It needs to remove every scrap of makeup quickly and easily without stinging my eyes. You'd expect every eye makeup remover to do this, but they don't.

My go-to remover and one I use every day is Neutrogena's Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover, $15.

It's a favourite because it does the job, is kind on my eyes and is a bargain. Simple's Eye Makeup Remover, $11.99, comes a close second.

It's water-based, which makes it extra gentle on sensitive eyes, and is perfect if you have eyelash extensions, as oil-based products are notorious for removing not only your makeup but also your extensions.

A few of the higher end removers that also pass my muster include Elizabeth Arden's All Gone Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, $50, Shiseido's The Skincare Instant Eye and Lip Makeup Remover, $56, and Clarins' Instant Eye Makeup Remover, $46.

All of these products are oil-based removers so will remove even the heaviest of makeup without stripping away the natural oils around your eyes.

Just remember, many oil-based removers are dual-phased, which means they need to be shaken well to mix the oil and water before using.

The most effective way to remove your eye makeup is to completely soak a cotton pad in remover, hold it on your eye for a few seconds to dissolve the makeup and sweep it off.

Avoid too much tugging and scrubbing because it'll cause premature wrinkles.

The Body Shop's Camomile Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover, $23.50, is another goodie, and like all water-based removers is fantastic at getting makeup stains out of your clothes and the carpet.

It works better than any professional stain remover I've ever tried. Just make sure to use a water-based remover as an oil-based one with leave you with a nasty greasy mark instead.

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