Flawless Skin Starts with Makeup Removal:
A Comprehensive Guide!

It may ring a bell when you create your usual look or a long-lasting makeup for a special day—and regardless of whether the result holds or smudges a bit, it isn’t easy to wash it off in the evening. And it's also not a good idea to go to bed with makeup residue on your skin, because the next morning you could end up with nasty little bumps of inflammation on your face.

It's important to cleanse as thoroughly as possible – but what and when to use is the key. In this article, we'll show you the best way to use the most suitable makeup remover so that your face can breathe a sigh of relief while looking healthy and well-maintained!

What Is Makeup Remover?

Makeup removers have been carefully created to assist you in removing any kind of makeup. You can get rid of every trace of makeup–down to the last pore–by using the right solution. Some of them are perfect for cleaning up everyday makeup, while some formulas are perfect to remove cosmetics like waterproof mascaras, special effects makeup or body paint.

Makeup removers have two categories: one is water-based, which means it is in a liquid form—you can use it with a cotton pad or with your bare hands. The other version is the wipe, which is a biodegradable textile already soaked with the liquid.

What Are the Benefits of Makeup Remover?

  • You've probably done it before: standing in the shower or sitting in the bath, quickly washing your face with soap. Besides the fact that using soap on your body probably didn't do your complexion any good, you may have been very surprised of your reflection because your makeup didn't disappear, and it just smeared all over your face. A makeup remover makes it easy to clear up any residue.
  • As modern makeup lasts longer and longer and must withstand various environmental factors, it's even more difficult to clean your face afterward. With the right makeup remover, you can clean up any makeup without leaving a trace, no matter how long-lasting it promises to be.
  • If you don't thoroughly remove your makeup, your pores can quickly become clogged, causing blackheads and acne. Your complexion will be grateful if you use the right make-up remover for your skin type to prevent blemishes.
  • Throughout the day, your face also sheds natural oils as a cleanser, but in the meantime, a lot of micro-dirt and dust can get trapped in your foundation, and when they mix together, it can increase the risk of inflammation. You can remove all these residues with a complex makeup remover, while still giving yourself a gentle cleanse to prevent any inflammatory reactions.
  • In some extreme cases, your skin can become sensitive, causing an itchy, allergic reaction to certain makeup products. Using a makeup remover can not only prevent these unpleasant consequences, but also prepare your skin to use other skincare products effectively afterwards by cleansing it thoroughly.

Why You Should Never Sleep Before Removing Your Makeup

Your body regenerates while sleeping, not just your brain. It's no coincidence that not only the morning routine, but also the nightly routine before going to bed plays an important role in staying healthy. This includes proper facial cleansing, including thorough makeup removal. You may say that you don't have the energy to wash off your makeup now, but in the long run, you'll save yourself a lot of problems.

When you wear makeup while you sleep, you hinder the skin's natural renewal process. Soon enough, the skin stops breathing and the first signs of fatigue appear. Powder-based products usually help keep the skin dry, but at night they can dry it out even more and mix with the oils released by the skin. This can cause the skin to flake and become even oilier in some areas, which can lead to combination skin, not to mention that this can increase the risk of developing inflamed acne.

A lot of makeup focuses on the eyes, but the human eye is also one of the most important and sensitive parts of the body. During sleep, improperly removed makeup can irritate and itch the eyes, causing serious infections. Always remove waterproof mascara as best you can!

Since most makeup is oily or mineral-based, it may clog pores overnight and causes more acne breakouts. Also, makeup residue and the ingredients it contains can cause various skin blemishes if left on all night, or even cause inflammation or allergic reactions that lead to developing a more sensitive skin. Therefore, it's important to remove your makeup before going to bed and moisturize your skin afterwards so that it can breathe.

Explore NIVEA’s Makeup Remover Products

Removing makeup in the evening before bed should be a breeze, which is why we've developed a range of makeup removal products. So, everyone can find the right product for their skin type and makeup. Let’s see the best options available!

Water Makeup Remover

A micellar water remover is a solution that contains tiny particles of cleansing oil (micelles) and water. Dirt and excess sebum are attracted to the micelles without drying out the skin or leaving an oily feeling. You shall always use it as a makeup wash with a cotton pad to control the amount of liquid on your skin. Let’s see some of the best water makeup remover!

Nivea 3 in 1 Micellar Water Makeup Remover

This micellar makeup remover with almond oil is excellent for people with sensitive and dry skin. It removes
excess without the need to use a lot and rub it
vigorously into the skin. Best of all, it makes lashes and brows even more beautiful while deeply cleansing,
moisturizing, and soothing the skin.

Nivea Double Effect Eye Makeup Remover

If you were wearing heavy eye makeup, this remover will be your savior—it can efficiently clear up waterproof
mascara as well, while it protects the sensitive lashes and skin.
All skin types can safely use this wonder remover.

Nivea Natural Glow Eye Makeup Remover

This dual product for sensitive skin effectively removes kohl and waterproof mascara.
Shake it well before using it, and instantly poor it on a makeup cotton to clean your eye area.

Nivea Micellair Rose Water

This rose water for the face will suit any skin type!
This is a soothing make-up cleanser that leaves zero residues behind.


If you come home in the middle of the night with zero energy, makeup removal wipes could be your salvation to clean your face quickly and easily. They are already soaked in their container with a special formula, so all you have to do is take them out, gently rub them over your face, and then throw them in the trash can. Easy as pie! Let’s see our recommendations:

Nivea Cleansing Wipes for Dry Skin

This makeup cleanser is great for dry skin types! It gently cleanses any makeup, even waterproof mascara.
The tissues are plant-based and biodegradable.

Nivea Biodegradable Micellar Wipes With Organic Rose Water

Any skin type with sensitivity can easily use this cleansing tissues.
The power of the micellar water and the microplastic-free formula is a
jackpot for a fast and deep cleansing routine.

Nivea Refreshing Cleansing Wipes

If you have normal skin and you want to protect your refreshed and healthy looks,
then look no further! This refreshing foundation and eye makeup remover is alcohol-free
and enriched with lotus flower extract to moisturize your skin on a daily use.

Nivea Naturally Good Biodegradable Cleansing Wipes 25PCS

The wipes are soaked in aloe vera face wash which helps in moisturizing the skin on the deeper levels.
All skin types, even sensitive skin can benefit from using these cleansing wipes on a daily base.

How to Use The Makeup Remover Effectively?

  • First of all, always wash your hands before touching your face or any cleansing product.
  • Take one (or two) makeup cotton pad and soak it with a small amount of water as a makeup remover. It should not be more than one to three drops.
  • Do not use abrasive motions, just sweep the cotton pad with gentle pressure.
  • Rinse your face with lukewarm water. Gently soak it up with a dry and soft paper towel.
  • Depending on your skin type, use other facial care products - toner, moisturizer, or other care products.

How to Use Makeup Remover Wipes Effectively

  • Before touching any wipe, always wash your hands!
  • Take one to three wipes based on the amount of makeup on your skin, and gently rub them over your skin.
  • Always start on the inside and sweep outward: from your nose to your ears. For heavy makeup, circular motions are also recommended.
  • To remove eye makeup, close one eye and gently clean the area around the eye.
  • Always reseal the pack after removing makeup. This way, the wipes stay fresh and do not dry out.

Frequently Asked Questions About Face Acne

  • Is it OK to sleep with makeup on once in a while? Though it may seem that it won’t hurt to sleep just once in makeup, even just one time can be enough to result in a long-lasting skin irritation or an infected styed eye, impairing your vision.
  • Can I just use face wash to remove makeup? Of course! This is a better solution than using a regular soap which can be harsh.
  • Is it OK to use makeup remover every day? Makeup remover can be used safely daily. You just need to find the one that suits your skin type.
  • Why use makeup remover wipes? Makeup remover wipes are an easy solution to clean your skin: just one swipe can effectively remove makeup residues and other surface debris while it also hydrates your skin.
  • Is micellar water good for your makeup? Micellar water is a type of makeup remover that helps to cleanse your skin and nourish it. The micelles do help to break down makeup on your skin, but if you have a heavier stage makeup or a body art, you should always use a stronger cleanser as well.