Nailing an intricate makeup look always feels like an accomplishment: Think an Impressionist creation using only cream shadow, a fat cat eye à la Brigitte Bardot, or an ombré lip using three (three!) shades of lipstick. But at the end of the day, no matter how much effort it took, there is one universal truth…what goes on must come off. That might sound like a small task, but anyone who uses long-wear makeup (or any makeup at all, really) knows it can take forever to properly remove every stitch of pigment from their face. Sometimes, it just sounds easier to just collapse into bed and worry about it in the morning.
However, that’s a big mistake when it comes to the long term care of your skin. Leaving makeup on your face overnight can clog pores and cause breakouts due to an overgrowth of bacteria—but it’s a problem that can easily be solved by finding an efficient way to take it all off pre-REM cycle. But finding the right remover can be tough. While some mascaras or lightweight CC creams call for more gentle micellar waters, long-wear foundation and waterproof mascara may need something tougher. And let’s not forget about skin type—from dry to oily to super sensitive, certain complexions need specific formulas to keep their skin balanced while cleansing. Here, we’ve rounded up the removers with editor endorsements, all-star reviews, and all-around excellent formulas so you can remove your makeup and move on with your night.