10 Of The Best Eye Makeup Removers

Whether it’s a feline flick, a smokey eye or a bit of smudged kohl – not to mention several layers of mascara – it’s important to take it all off before bedtime (unless panda eyes are your thing). If trying to get your eye makeup off means red-raw eyes, lash casualties and a gritty black residue the next morning then a decent eye makeup remover may well be your knight in shining armor.

From oil formulas to micellar water, whatever skincare texture you’re more partial to there’s something for everyone that’ll take off even the most subborn of waterproof mascara in one fell swoop. What’s more, these little dreams will leave the skin around your eyes silky smooth and nourished. Could you ask for much more?

The one that will gve your lashes some TLC…
This dual-phase eye makeup remover not only cuts through waterproof mascara and long wear makeup, but it also contains arginine and taurine to protect and nourish lashes and promote lash growth.
Vichy Purete Thermale Eye Makeup Remover Waterproof, £8.25

The one that’s not oily…
Eye makeup remover can sometimes leave an oily film, but that’s not the case with this lotion. The transparent portion of this remover contains highly purified oils and has been pH balanced to match natural tears so there’s no irritation.
Chanel Demaquillant Yeux Intense, £19.80

The one that’s super affordable…
An affordable, but no less effective option that effortlessly glides through and removes eye makeup. Also possibly one of the handiest bottles you can have in your beauty kit.
Nivea Daily Essentials Eye Makeup Remover, £1.75

The one that’s ultra calming…
When you want to get off every last scrap of makeup this gentle lotion contains a unique mineral complex and natural emollients that’ll do just that. Plus there’s a dose of calming cucumber to soothe the eyes after cleansing.
Bare Minerals Instant Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover, £15

The one that will hydrate your complexion…
A dual-phase formula (you shake it to wake it), this clever formula from Clarins contains rose and cornflower waters that moisturise and soothe while gently taking off your long-wearing makeup.
Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover, £19

The one that’s perfect for sensitive skin…
This is seriously gentle stuff; soap-free, paraben free, perfume free and colourant free. While it’s incredibly caring it also does the job of getting rid of any and all eye makeup.
La Roche Posay Physiological Eye Makeup Remover, £8.25

The one that is oh so gentle…
Soak some cotton wool with this extremely gentle fluid, place over the eye and watch it go to work. The formula contains Pro Vitamin B5 to ensure an extra gentle cleanse.
Simple Kind to Eye Eye Makeup Remover, £3.39

The one that works as a makeup removing magnet…
Micellar waters like this one contain micelles that act like magnets attracting makeup off your eyes and lashes and into the water. It means very little effort for a thoroughly cleansed result.
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, £3.33

The one that removes makeup, cleanses and tones…
This rinse-free gentle makeup remover is utterly gentle, yet cuts through even the heaviest layers of makeup. It promises to remove impurities and any traces of pollution that accumulate throughout the day, in turn preserving the skin’s radiance. A combination of naturally derived active ingredients make this little gem appropriate for the most sensitive of eyes – and also those who wear contacts.
Sisley Gentle Makeup Remover, £73 at John Lewis

The one that’s for eyes and lips…
Yep, another dual-phase formula – if you hadn’t guessed, we’re quite partial to a dual phase cleanser when it comes to removing eye makeup. It sweeps off even the most tenacious of waterproof mascara and longwear lipstick.
MAC Gently Off Eye & Lip Makeup Remover, £16 at John Lewis



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