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Tips and Tricks to makeup removal 

For many chikas, the holiday season means social gatherings that call for more festive makeup look.
And while you may focus on the application, removing any traces of mascara and red lipstick are just as important. "If you don't remove thoroughly makeup before going to bed, you can irritate skin, clog pores, and cause acne," says Gervaise Gerstner, MD, a dermatologist in New York City. "Plus, any makeup left around the eyes can cause inflammation and redness."

Ladies, I recommend to have a two-step approach to your cleansing routine when you've got a full face of makeup to remove. Always use products designed to dissolve the mascara and foundation you've applied: then wash your face with your favorite "cleanser".

When it comes to selecting an all-purpose makeup remover, look for a product with alcohol free low acid concentration. Remember to be careful and cautious when selecting these products because harsh makeup removers containing alcohol  can be harmful if you have sensitive skin, and cleansers containing alpha hydroxy acids might be too strong to use around the eye area. 

Here's how to target stubborn formulas:

Foundation: Cream based foundation can be harder to remove than liquid foundation because they often contain mineral oil or wax that can settle into the skin. You can use a cleanser or a wipe to remove the majority of the pigment.

Long-Wear Mascara and Eye Makeup: Black eyeliner and mascara are always the toughest to remove, so don't rub or tug the eye area because your skin is very fragile. If you happen to be an aggressive makeup remover you will only be contributing to puffiness and irritation around the eyes and even loose eyelashes in the process.

Soak a cotton pad in a dualphase eye makeup remover-the oil cuts through pigment while the water phase helps soothe the skin.

Long Wear Lip Color: The pretty red missletoe kiss was great, but now it's time to wipe it away. To kiss your long lasting lipstick goodbye, you will need to exfoliate because the pigments sink into the skin. You can actually use petroleum based balm like Vaseline or Aquaphor to loosen the lipstick. 

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