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From micellar water to reusable beauty tools.
One of the most tedious—and sometimes heartbreaking—parts of wearing a great eye look is the inevitable task of having to eventually wash it away. In addition to a hardworking cleanser, some of the best eye makeup removers can make it simple to whisk away lingering shadow, mascara, and liner with ease.
Plus, there are a number of gentle formulas—some even dermatologist and ophthalmologist approved—that are made specifically for those with sensitive eyes and won’t sting or irritate as they cleanse. “The under-eye area is quite sensitive as it is some of the thinnest skin on the body,” New York City–based board-certified dermatologist Anthony Rossi previously told BAZAAR.com.
To help you track down an effective essential to round out your skin care routine and speed up your cleansing one, we’ve pulled together 12 of the very best eye makeup removers to shop now.
In addition to being fragrance free and ophthalmologist tested, this gentle remover from La Roche-Posay also expertly wipes away even the toughest waterproof makeup.
You don’t have to spend a ton of money on a great makeup remover, which is why we recommend snagging this culty oil-free one from Neutrogena that more than 24,000 Amazon customers are raving about.
This oil-free eye makeup remover is equipped to handle both water- and transfer-proof formulas. In addition to being noncomedogenic (meaning it won’t clog pores), it’s also dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
Just add a few cotton rounds and let this best-selling and sensitive skin-friendly micellar water work its removing magic.
Those with sensitive eyes should consider adding this popular product to their skin care routines. One satisfied Sephora customer writes, “By far the gentlest yet most thorough makeup remover on the market! I smooth this over my entire face once I’ve focused on my eyes and doing so provides the perfect prep to my daily cleansing.”
This dual-phase remover gently cleanses away even the toughest liner and mascara, and leaves lids feeling supple, not stripped.
Here’s an eye makeup remover that also works on your lips and features calming ingredients like chamomile to soothe skin and condition lashes.
This signature Take the Day Off cleanser is one of our holy grail favorites. In the form of towelettes, the remover seamlessly wipes away stubborn eye makeup without water.
We recently raved about the fast-acting power of EADEM’s hydrating cleansing balm, which works in 60 seconds to remove all traces of makeup.
You won’t need to rinse off this lightweight liquid- and water-phase remover, which features a gentle formula that’s safe for both sensitive skin and contact wearers.
Here’s a trio of microfiber remover pads that can be used for up to 200 washes. Plus, they pack nicely into a Dopp bag or carry-on.
If you’re a fan of face misting, you’ll love this makeup-dissolving option that contains ingredients like jojoba and rosehip oil to calm, hydrate, and brighten skin.
Just like our skin types, the best eye makeup removers aren’t one-size-fits-all, so you should look for one that suits your specific needs. Whether you have sensitive eyes or are in the market for an oil-free option, we’re betting there’s a formula on this list for you.
To avoid unnecessary tugging or pulling on the delicate eye area, let your remover of choice sit on your lid for a few minutes before gently buffing it away with a washcloth or cotton pad. Avoid rubbing—your lashes will thank you.