5 Best DIY Makeup Removers

We all have done it: We all fell asleep in bed without taking off our makeup. Sometimes it’s exhausting. Other times it’s a lack of cleanser. We have people to see and places we need to go; our makeup hasn’t been there in a second. 

Many DIY options are available for makeup removal, even if you don’t have a place to buy one. A clean beauty expert shared his tips on how to make these recipes at home. Find everything you need to keep your skin clean before going to bed.

1. Coconut oil makeup remover DIY

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Coconut oil smells tropical and can also be used to break down water-resistant makeup. Coconut oil is also great for keeping your skin hydrated. For a deeper cleanse, follow this makeup remover with a soap-water session.

Use this product for dry, combination, dull, or dehydrated skin

What you need

Unrefined coconut oils, organic


Step 1: Take a little coconut oil out of the jar. Rub the coconut oil between your hands until it becomes liquid.

Step 2: Apply the oil to your face, eyelids, and lashes. You should be able to move your fingers easily with the oil without causing any irritation.

Step 3: Use a wet cloth to remove any oily makeup.

Step 4: Wash your face with warm water. Voila! You’re done.

Tip: A circular massage of oil into the skin is a great way for your skin to increase blood circulation. If your skin is tired, you can give it a facial massage.

2. DIY Rose and Jojoba Makeup Remover

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Jojoba oil is a natural makeup remover. It moisturizes, nourishes, and soothes the skin leaving it radiant and healthy. 

All skin types are suitable

What you need

  • Jojoba oil
  • Rosewater
  • Glass bottle


Step 1: Fill a glass with rosewater.

Step 2: Add half a cup of jojoba oil to the bottle.

Step 3: Shake the bottle. Use the solution to soak a cotton pad and remove your makeup easily.

Tip: You can add vitamin E or sweet almond oil to the recipe if you want extra nourishment.

3. DIY Witch Hazel Makeup Remover

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Witch hazel is a great way to eliminate oil- or water-based makeup. It does not contain any irritating chemicals. This makes it great for removing makeup and reducing buildup in your pores.

Suitable for: Oily, dry, sensitive skin

What you need

  • Witch hazel
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Purified water
  • A small bottle


Step 1: Add four tablespoons of witch hazel and two tablespoons of sweet almond oil to your bottle.

Step 2: Add two tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to the mixture and mix it all.

Step 3: Add three tablespoons of purified water to the bottle. Close the lid and shake the container well to mix the ingredients.

Step 4: Dip a cotton ball into the solution and wipe your face.

Tip: This remover can be used to get rid of stubborn eye makeup, such as waterproof mascara or eyeshadow. It quickly dissolves eye makeup without irritating it.

4. DIY Aloe and Olive Oil Makeup Remover

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Aloe vera water can be added to any oil to boost your cleansing process.

All skin types are suitable

What you need

  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Aloe vera water
  • A bottle


Step 1: Fill a container with aloe vera gel water.

Step 2: Add two-thirds cup extra virgin olive oil. The oil will rise above the water, as you’ll see.

Step 3: Mix the mixture and soak a cotton pad in it. Clean your face.

Tip: This formula is extremely gentle and light. This is a great choice for anyone with allergies or sensitivity to chemicals.

5. DIY Baby Shampoo Eye Makeup Remover

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This DIY waterproof mascara remover is for you if you can’t live without it.

All skin types, including sensitive skin and eyes, are suitable

What you need

  • Baby shampoo that is gentle on the skin
  • Coconut oil or olive oil
  • Water
  • A small bottle


Step 1: Add half a teaspoon of baby shampoo to a clean container.

Step 2: Add one-fourth of olive oil to the mixture and mix it well.

Step 3: Add water to the bottle, and shake it well.

Step 4: Dip a cotton ball into the mixture and gently remove your makeup.

Tip: Make sure to shake the bottle before you apply the homemade eye makeup remover.


Coconut oil is a popular way to get rid of makeup. Rub coconut oil on your face, and close your eyes. Then wipe it off with a clean cloth.

Coconut oil is a bit too oily for my liking. A combination of oil (the main makeup remover ingredient), witch hazel, astringent, and aloe vera (soothing) works best for me. This combination works great, and I don’t feel I have to wash my face afterward.

How do I store my Homemade EYE Makeup?

You can store your DIY eye makeup remover in the bathroom at room temperature. Your makeup remover should be safe for at least six months. To ensure freshness, I prefer to make it in small batches. 

They can be stored for a long time, as they aren’t preservative-treated. To extend the shelf life of your homemade eye makeup remover, you can store it in the refrigerator.


Olive Oil

My favorite oil to make homemade eye makeup remover is olive oil. It is medium-bodied, easily available, and great for the skin. Make sure to get organic, high-quality oil. This will be all you have around your eyes, so ensure it is high quality.

This recipe can also be used with grapeseed oil. I love grapeseed oil for DIY beauty products. It’s great with grapeseed oil, too. I love the light feel of grapeseed oil on my skin.

Witch Hazel

Witch hazel, a natural astringent, is made from the witch hazel plant. It’s a wonderful addition to many skincare products, including my favorite homemade facial toner. I also like it in my eye makeup remover, making the product glide on smoothly.

It would help if you only used the pure witch hazel and not a mixture. It is usually available in drug and health food stores

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel has become a favorite ingredient in my homemade skincare recipes. It’s soothing and calming for the skin. I also love the gel texture it gives to products without adding synthetic thickeners.

You can forgo the all-natural aloe vera gel you used to apply sunburns as a child and instead opt for an all-natural version. There are many options, and most will only contain aloe vera gel and a small number of safe preservatives.

Vitamin E

Vitamine provides extra nourishment for sensitive skin. This liquid dropper is my favorite for making homemade beauty products. A small bottle of liquid drops will last a long time as you only need to use a few drops per recipe.


Is it possible to remove your makeup using just water?

No. You can use micellar water, soap, or makeup remover to remove your makeup completely. The above-mentioned DIY removals can also be used.

Is Vaseline good for making makeup last?

You can remove your makeup with vaseline. Vaseline’s texture makes it very easy to remove makeup.

Are baby wipes okay for removing makeup?

Baby wipes can be gentle, but they are not designed to remove makeup. Baby wipes are gentle and can not remove all makeup. It can clog pores and cause breakouts.


We all know how difficult it is to fall asleep at night in a fast-paced world. Failure to take off your makeup before bed can lead to clogged pores, blackheads, and dull skin. Please don’t skip the makeup remover, and allow your skin to rejuvenate itself throughout the night.

People often wear their makeup after a long day at work or a party because they are tired. This is a dangerous mistake that we cannot stress enough. While you sleep at night, your skin needs to be rejuvenated. 

But with all those makeup products on your skin, it is impossible. These DIY makeup removal ideas can help you get a good night’s sleep. 

There are many options for makeup removers, including coconut oil, jojoba, and rose. Don’t delay, so get to work.