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Easy ways to remove makeup

By on May 28, 2012
eye makeup

Eye makeup such as waterproof mascara and eyeliner can be tough to wash off without scrubbing. Eye makeup removers in retail stores can cost $15 for a small bottle. The first two reader tips share an alternative that is a gentle and cheap way to remove stubborn eye makeup:


Remove eye makeup:

I use gentle, fragrance-free Huggies Natural Care baby wipes to remove my makeup. I only wear makeup about once a week, so a 72-pack lasts forever. — Rhayne, New Jersey

Homemade version:

I make my own facial wipes, and my daughters use them to remove makeup. I use about one to two tablespoons of baby shampoo or baby wash, one to two tablespoons of baby or coconut oil and two cups of water. Use a baby-wipe container or any container that will seal and hold them, such as a plastic storage baggie. I buy Bounty select-a-size paper towels, as they hold up better than cheap paper towels when wet. You can even cut a roll in half. These work well to remove makeup or as a fast cleanup in the car for dirty hands or faces. — Patty A., Utah

Homemade Garden Burgers:
(this versatile recipe can be changed up to suit your taste)
2 cups carrots, shredded
2 cups mushrooms, finely diced
1 cup celery, finely diced
1 tablespoon shoyu soy sauce
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 1/2 to 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons flour
1 egg

Shred carrots, mushrooms and celery (I throw them all in a food processor together). Cook rice. Sautee vegetable mixture and place in a large bowl. Add rice, egg, cheese, soy sauce and flour. Form into patties. Place on baking sheet and bake at 350 F for 10-15 minutes. Flip patties over and bake additional 10-15 minutes. Freeze whatever you aren’t going to eat right away. Makes 8-10 patties, depending on size. — Donna, California

Cheap, tasty and quick stuffing:
1 stick unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped (approximately 1 cup)
2 large stalks of celery, diced
20-24 ounces of mixed stale bread
1/2 tablespoon ground sage
1/2 tablespoon poultry seasoning
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 cups homemade salted broth OR 3 cups unsalted homemade broth with 1/2 teaspoon salt OR 3 cups of water with two dissolved bouillon cubes

You must use stale bread for this recipe, so buy from the day-old rack or leave your fresh bread out under a towel overnight to make it stale. You must also use at least two varieties of bread. Using all white or all homemade or all hearty grain breads will cause the stuffing to fail and have a poor texture.
Chop veggies. Choose and prepare your broth option. Preheat oven to 350 F. Sautee chopped veggies in butter over medium heat for about 5 minutes until onions are translucent. Tear bread into cubes and place in an ungreased 9-by-13 baking pan. Fill to heaping. Transfer bread cubes to large bowl. Add spices to bread cubes and mix well. Add cooked veggie mixture to bread cubes and mix. Spray baking pan with non-stick spray and add bread cube mixture. Pour broth over cubes. Bake uncovered at 350 F for 30 minutes. Remove from oven, stir and fluff with a large fork and cover with foil for 5 minutes before serving. Makes about 12 1-cup servings. — Constance, New Jersey

photo by jonfeinstein


  1. maria

    5/28/2012 at 3:55 pm

    My daughter and I use baby wipes to take off makeup. You can get them for a buck at the dollar tree, and we buy the value packs for 5 bucks at Famili Dollar they last forever and one wipe takes off an entire face full of makeup. great tip.

  2. sebec momma

    7/2/2012 at 1:49 pm

    i am a licensed cosmetologist and my recommendation for easy eye make up removal including waterproof, is hair conditioner. most women have it, doesnt take much, doesnt burn eyes, and works like a charm 🙂

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