Pinned and Tried: Coconut Oil Makeup Remover

September 30, 2014

Welcome to the first instalment of a series I’m calling “Pinned and Tried”.

Each week I am going to use Pinterest as inspiration for beauty techniques, tricks, recipes, hacks, etc. There are a ton of DIY beauty ideas that have piqued my interest and I’m sure most of you share my curiosity to see if they actually work.

I found this pin a few days ago and was eager to give it a try. I may have chosen the easiest pin to mimic as it doesn’t require any mixing, melting, combining or jarring. It’s so simple and uses only one ingredient. That’s right, just one ingredient – coconut oil. The trick – use it as an eye makeup remover.

Coconut oil can be found at any grocery or health foods store and is fairly inexpensive.

To start, rub a tiny amount in-between your fingers and it will slowly begin to melt. Close your eyes and then gently…I repeat…gently, massage it in. Be careful not to get any in your eyes. If you wear contacts I would recommend taking them out before you attempt this. I had a little incident when some of the oil smudged on one of my lenses, creating a blurred effect. My left eye turned into a kaleidoscope!

Our eyes are also very delicate so avoid pulling and tugging at them. Otherwise, you can actually cause wrinkles in the future.

After about a minute of rubbing, you’ll look like a greasy racoon. Take a damp cotton pad and use it to wipe the oil from your eyes. It should wipe clean and remove the majority of your makeup.

Lately I’ve been experimenting with the Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real! Push-Up Liner, which is a super waterproof gel liner pen. The cosmetics company recently released the They’re Real! Remover, specially formulated to remove the tough eye liner. The coconut oil seemed to do the trick as well. I had a little bit of eyeliner remaining on my lower lash line, but I tend to use a 3-1 cleanser after I remove my makeup anyways, to ensure everything is cleaned from my skin.

I’m happy with the end result. The coconut oil works better than many makeup removers I’ve tried. It’s a good money-saving tip as well!

Ps. Thumbs up for the no-makeup selfie?


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