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Welcome to the Wellness Guide! Your presence is always a good surprise. Today we will talk about make-up remover, a cosmetic capable of completely removing make-up from the skin. Widely used in the feminine universe, the make-up remover is one of the first steps in face cleansing. It removes makeup without leaving any particles behind, and also contributes to the hygiene of the face. In the guide below we will talk about this beauty product in more detail, explaining its features and different types. Let's go?

First things first

  • Makeup cleansers are beauty products idealized for deep cleansing, especially when it comes to makeup.
  • They can be found in different formats: creamy, liquid (biphasic or oil-based) and wipes.
  • In addition to removing make-up, make-up removers also remove dirt and dead skin cells.

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Buying guide

The use of make-up remover is essential for those who frequently use make-up, after all, it is an important product for the health of the skin. In the guide below we will explain in more detail what its advantages are and the impact of its constant use.

Foto de uma mulher de roupão e toalha no cabelo, se olhando no espelho com leve sorriso no rosto e aplicando produto de beleza na região dos olhos, com um algodão.

Makeup remover is capable of removing even high-stick makeup. (Source: Dmitriy Shironosov/ 123RF)

What exactly is make-up remover?

Makeup remover is a beauty product of very common use mainly among the female audience. It is a cosmetic capable of removing all makeup from the skin, plus any other types of impurities. It can be sold in liquid, cream or tissue form, and in all forms it acts as a product focused on cleaning. It is not expensive and daily use is recommended.

What are the advantages of make-up remover

Cleaning the skin at the end of the day is fundamental. Only this way you remove impurities and excess oil, avoiding blackheads and pimples, and allowing pores to breathe. Makeup remover is one of those products we resort to when it's time to cleanse, especially if you are using some kind of make-up or face product, such as sunscreen or primer. It has a great capacity to remove substances and is capable of cleaning even high fixation make-up. It is a simple product to apply and does not harm the face, and in many cases, it even acts as a moisturizer.

It is worth remembering that there are also special make-up removers for the eye area, since eyeliners and eyelash mascara are difficult to remove and require stronger products. This does not mean that the facial will not completely remove the eye make-up, only that in some cases the specialised models end up being necessary and more indicated. In general, the makeup remover is known to be a very useful and effective product, being indispensable even in the most simplistic beauty routines.

  • Removes make-up easily
  • Removes impurities and dead cells
  • It is cheap
  • Does not harm the skin
  • Some help moisturizing
  • In some cases it is necessary to use a special model for eyes
  • Some models may increase skin greasiness

What is the best make-up remover?

After all, they are sold in different formats such as cream, liquid (two-phase or oil-based) and wipes. To clear up this doubt, we will explain separately what each of these products has to offer.

Cream makeup remover

Those who have dry skin will be interested in the cream makeup remover because it ensures extra moisturizing to the face. Its creamy texture also promotes softness and smoothness to the skin. It is more suitable for women who do not use such heavy makeup on a daily basis, especially in the eye area, since it is not the makeup remover format with more intense removing potential.

Biphasic makeup remover

The biphasic is one of the most traditional, mainly because it is suitable for all skin types. It is one of the most effective for removing heavy and waterproof make up. An interesting advantage is that it does not have a totally oily base, it guarantees a dry skin at the end of its use, being a good choice for those who want to escape from excessive oiliness.

Oil-based make-up remover

The oil-based makeup remover may not be the best in terms of texture, but it is definitely very effective for removing high-fixation makeup, especially from the eye area. Although it does its job very well, it is not recommended for people with oily skin, as it tends to increase oiliness.

Make-up Remover Tissues

The tissues are the most practical and easy to use, however, they are not the most suitable for daily use. This is because they do not completely remove the residues and sometimes need intense rubbing, which can irritate your skin in the long run. In this case, we recommend that you always keep the tissues in your handbag for emergency cases - after all, they are super easy to carry - but prefer other options in your daily beauty routine.

Cream Biphasic Oil base Tissue
Indicated skin type Dry All types Dryness All types
Texture Creamy Liquid (slightly oily) Oily Solid
Cleansing intensity Medium High High Low

What is the difference between cleanser and micellar water?

Many people confuse cleanser and micellar water, and although both have some very similar characteristics, it is important to say that they are not the same product. If you've followed our guide up to this point, you should already know that the main function of makeup remover is to remove makeup, including those of high fixation and water-resistant makeup. As a consequence, it ends up being a product that collaborates to the cleaning of the skin, also removing impurities and dead cells.

Micellar water works in the opposite way, its main function is to cleanse the skin. It consists of micelles, particles that act as magnets and pull all impurities and oiliness from the skin. Thus, it also ends up being a good way to remove makeup, but only those that are not waterproof and have low fixation. Micellar water is very suitable for super sensitive skin, since it is free of parabens, alcohol and perfumes.

Make-up remover Micellar water
Purpose Remove makeup Remove impurities and dead skin cells
Make-up remover High Low
Indication Variable, you should choose the most suitable for your skin type Sensitive skin

How much does it cost and where to buy a make-up remover?

The good news is that make-up remover is not a high-cost product. It is possible that you can buy this cosmetic at a very low price. On average, the price of a good makeup cleanser is between GBP$3 and GBP$5, and the tissues may be even cheaper than that. As it is a super well-known product in the make-up universe, finding a good option of make-up remover is not a difficult task.

Cosmetics shops such as Sephora, The Beauty Box, and Época Cosméticos offer a huge variety of the product in different formats. If you are looking for an easier access place, you can go to a pharmacy chain. There, you should find some options, but not much variety. Finally, if you are on the online shopping team, in addition to the brands' own websites, you can buy lipsticks at Amazon, Beleza na Web and even at the Mercado Livre.

Foto bastante focada em uma mão segurando um algodão que está em contato com a pele.

The makeup remover does not harm the skin and can even contribute to the hydration of the same. (Source: Chezbeate/ Pixabay)

Purchase criteria: how to compare makeup remover models

Before you put your money where your mouth is, we recommend that you pay attention to some factors that can make a difference in your use. Below, we have listed some of them:

Below, we will explain each of these points in detail.


It is essential that you choose a cleanser with a texture that suits you. For example, if you have very oily skin, oil-based or even creamy cleansers may cause you discomfort. It is important that you choose an option that you are comfortable with and that allows your skin to have a smooth, soft texture without drying it out or increasing its oiliness.


The performance of any beauty product is a point that should be taken into account. Cosmetics are used very frequently, which is why it is so important to spend wisely, making the best choice in terms of cost benefit. It is no different in the case of make-up remover. Before finalizing the purchase, observe the size of the package and how much product is available. It is interesting that you buy an option with good performance, that is worth the money you are paying and that will not last only a few weeks.


The focus of the makeup remover is not moisturizing, this we already know, however, if there is this possibility, give preference to it. Some options have vitamin complexes, seaweed and even natural oils, which may end up being an even more interesting option for those looking for soft skin.


Finally, nothing better than a smelling skin, right? Many cleansers have a very pleasant scent, which contributes to the feeling of cleanliness and well-being. It's worth it!

(Featured Image Source: Evgeny Atamanenko/ 123RF)