Simple Eye Makeup Remover

"This works wonders and is so much less expensive than the kind you buy at the store. Very convenient to use, too! Just follow it up with your normal face washing routine."
photo by Dreamer in Ontario photo by Dreamer in Ontario
photo by Dreamer in Ontario
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  • 2 teaspoons lotion (any kind you like, if you have oily skin I would use one that is non-comedogenic so that there's no )
  • 2 cotton balls


  • Put about 1 t. of lotion onto the lotion on the cotton ball and lightly rub it into the cotton. Gently, with eye closed, rub the cotton onto the eyelid and surrounding areas. Repeat this process with a Q-tip to help remove the makeup residue in hard to reach places.
  • Repeat with the other eye.
  • Follow up with your normal skin-cleansing and moisturizing routine.

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  1. bmcnichol
    This worked great. I didn't measure the lotion and I used a q-tip but it worked. I didn't have any eye makeup remover and came here looking for a recipe. I will start using this instead of my regular remover.
  2. Acerast
    I just shared this with my teen who tried it and was very pleased. I have used this method for many, many years but, as parents of teens know, they have to hear it from someone else before they will try/believe it. Thanks for helping me raise my teen ;) Munchkin Mama!
  3. 2Bleu
    Yes, really!.... it's Lotion 'over' the eye, not 'in' the eye as one reviewer posted. Back when I wore make-up, me and all my girlfriends used lotion or vaseline to remove our eye make-up, and it works like a charm! Not to worry, just as with ANY make-up, soap or facial cleanser, just be careful not to get it 'in' the eye. Thanks for posting this very economical and simple way to remove eye make-up. ~Bird
  4. WineLover77
    I've also been doing this for about 15 great!!
  5. KayBeeOakdale
    I've been doing this for years. It works well and you're moisturizing the eye area at the same time. I use a tissue instead of the cotton ball.


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