How To Remove Makeup With Oil

How to remove makeup with oil

Did you know you can remove makeup with oil? Yes, oil. Like the olive oil in your kitchen cabinet.

Now first, I’m one of those people that won’t go to sleep with makeup on. I’ve done it in my teenage years when I was simply too lazy to spend the time to remove my makeup. But even then, my skin felt terrible the following day. So I quickly ended that bad habit.

Sleeping with makeup on stops the renewal process and leads to aging.

One of the most dreadful things, when I’m removing my makeup, is to take off my mascara. Every time I swipe the cotton over my eye, I will find that there is still some left. So annoying!

When I remove makeup with oil it’s a lot quicker and easier process. It does a great job at removing all of my makeup – foundation, eyeshadow, mascara, eyeliner – all in one step. It’s efficient.

You may be thinking, but wait, if I use oil to remove my makeup I will clog my pores and cause more breakouts. I thought the same thing. It just so happens that this is not true.

So here’s the thing. When we use only oil-free products, we basically strip all-natural oils which cause our skin to produce more oil to compensate. However, when you remove makeup with oil, it will naturally dissolve all the dirty oils without being too harsh on the skin.

If you have oilier skin, you can use almond oil, and for drier skin use avocado oil. But olive oil and grapeseed oil tend to work best for all skin types.

Using oil as a makeup remover


You can either mix olive oil with a different oil or use it on its own.

  1. Rub a small amount of oil on your face, including your eyelids, eyelashes, and neck. Add more as needed.
  2. Massage your face for about a minute.
    Facial massage helps stimulate blood flow, helps with aging and it’s just really good for your skin. So don’t skip that step instead really spend that 1 minute to gently massage the oil into your skin.
  3. Then get a microfiber face cloth (get the grey ones. The white ones are cute but they get stained quickly), rinse it with hot water and gently press on your face. Once the cloth doesn’t feel warm anymore, wipe your face with it. If needed, repeat step 3.

Then just follow up with your regular skincare routine.

Another way to remove makeup with oil is with a cotton pad. Add a little bit of olive oil or grapeseed oil to a cotton pad and swipe it all over your face. Just how you would usually do with a makeup remover solution or wipes.

It is super simple and easy. And you will love the way your skin feels after oil cleansing. I do it once a day, usually in the evening before I take a shower. This way when I’m out of the shower I’m ready to apply my serums, moisturizer and more oils. Yes, my bedtime skincare routine includes lots of oils. I’m a big fan.

If you don’t want to have a huge olive oil bottle with you in the bathroom. You can pour some in a small plastic bottle and keep it there at all times. It just easy.


  • Oil will not clog your pores. But you can test different oils and see which one feels best on your skin.
  • The essential fatty acids in oils will keep your skin hydrated.
  • It leaves your skin exfoliated and dewy.
  • Use only unrefined, cold-pressed and organic oils.

Have you tried to remove makeup with oil? What type of oil do you prefer?


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