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The question: What’s the best way to remove eye makeup? I always end up either a) successfully removing the makeup, but at the expense of pulling out a few eyelashes or b) leaving my eyelashes and eyelid skin intact at the expense of having some makeup residue remaining. Is it about technique or the quality of the products?

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The answer: It’s a little bit of both, really. The formula of the remover you use does make a difference but the length of time you allow it to actually break down the makeup you’re trying to remove is just as important. It’s best to use a non-oil-based remover (unless you’re dealing with waterproof makeup) applied to a cotton pad. Placing the pad over your eye and gently pressing and holding on to your lashes, give the product a good 20 to 30 seconds to work. From there, begin wiping in a downward motion to remove any remaining residue. You can also try using a cotton swab with the end soaked in remover to get at stubborn eyeliner. When it comes to choosing a formula, be sure to steer clear of anything containing sodium lauryl sulfate, as that will irritate the eyes and dry up the delicate skin around them.

Bahar Niramwalla is a celebrity makeup artist and beauty specialist on The Marilyn Dennis Show . Have a beauty question? E-mail style@globeandmail.com.

 

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