A good makeup remover is an integral addition to any makeup collection—it ensures that your skin stays in top condition no matter how, or how frequently, you wear makeup. By removing every trace of pigment and colour, it keeps your pores gunk-free, letting your skin breathe and preventing blemishes (anyone who's slept with a full face of makeup knows it's a terrible idea—a sure ticket to a skin freak-out). It's especially important to cleanse at night, when your skin regenerates itself to recuperate from all the stress it's subject to during the day— specifically, from all that you put on it (along with damage from environmental enemies like UV rays and pollution, but there are other tools to battle that). So ahead, a lowdown on the15 best makeup removers in India that effectively destroy makeup to keep your skin glowing inside and out—find everything from micellar water, eye + lip makeup removers to full-face makeup removers listed below. No tugging and pulling required.
Which makeup remover do I use?
Not surprisingly, the answer to this question depends on what you're applying on your face. Still, it's prudent to have two kinds of makeup removers in your arsenal—those that remove full-faced makeup, and those that are targetted specifically for more delicate areas like your eyes and lips. That's because the latter regions need gentler care—rough cleansing can cause irritation, wrinkles, dryness, stretching and a loss of lashes. So proceed with caution and TLC.
And what the heck is micellar water?
Everyone's using micellar water: a type of makeup remover that literally looks like water. It uses tiny particles called micelles that attract dirt like magnet, removing makeup in the process. The best part? With just a few gentle swipes, you can remove all non-heavy makeup, and you don't even need to wash your face after: leave it on, since its moisture-infusing formula (usually enriched with glycerin) will nourish your skin.
Here's who it's for:
- For those with sensitive and / or dry skin
- For those who're travelling
- For those who don't have access to quality running water
- For those who AREN'T wearing a heavy face of makeup
15 Best Makeup Removers in India
- Bioderma Sensibio H2O
- Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover
- The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, Paraben-Free Makeup Remover
- NIVEA Micellar Cleansing Water
- Garnier Skin Naturals, Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water
- Lakme Absolute Bi Phased Makeup Remover,
- Forest Essentials Make Up Remover Oil
- Revlon Eye and Lip Make Up Remover
- Maybelline New York Biphase Make-Up Remover
- Biotique Bio Almond Oil Soothing Face And Eye Makeup Cleanser
- Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean Make Up Remover
- The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
- L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover
- Kaya Skin Clinic Hydra Cleanse Makeup Remover
- WOW Micellar Facial Cleanser & Make Up Remover
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Bioderma Sensibio H2O
The Bioderma Sensibio H2O is one of the oldest and most trusted micellar cleansing waters in the industry—used by celebrities and makeup artists alike. Alcohol-free, paraben-free, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, the formula is only gentle on your skin—never doubt its abilities to remove heavyduty makeup. It's also non-rinse, which means you don't have to follow up with water after.
- Removes water-proof makeup
Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover, 162ml
Are you a regular user of waterproof mascara? No problem, the dermatologist-developed Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover will take care of end-day rituals without any pulling or tugging—lest you ruin the gentle skin around your eyes. Shake it gently, apply it with a cotton pad and then follow up with a quick warm-water rinse.
- Oil-free eye makeup cleanser
- Gentle formula for minimal irritation
- Removes even waterproof eye makeup
The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, Paraben-Free Makeup Remover, 2.7 Oz.
Give yourself a luxurious cleansing with The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter. Enriched with community-trade Camomile from England, the formula is ideal for sensitive skin and contact-lens wearers. Removes every last trace of makeup while thoroughly cleansing and nourishing your skin for a silky-soft afterglow.
- Enriched with community-trade Camomile from England
- Paraben-free: safe for sensitive skin
- Safe for contact-lens wearers
- More expensive than its competitors
NIVEA Micellar Cleansing Water, MicellAIR Skin Breathe Make Up Remover, 200ml
NIVEA is a leading skincare specialist world over, so it isn't surprising that one of the best makeup removers in India comes from them. Their 3-in-1 micellar water takes care of face, eye and lip makeup, cleansing your skin gently without any pulling and tugging, and adding moisture at the same time. Doesn't require any rubbing or rinsing.
- Fragrance-free formula
- 3-in-1 cleanser for face, eyes and lips
- Super gentle on eyelashes
Garnier Skin Naturals, Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, 125ml
This micellar water from Garnier Skin Naturals is infused with the nourishment-imparting benefits of argan oil -- but don't worry, it's perfectly non-greasy and non-sticky. Its dirt-loving micelles attract makeup residue like magnets, removing any and all traces of foundation, eye makeup, lip makeup and what have you. Removes even stubborn makeup.
- Contains argan oil for extra-nourishment
- Removes even stubborn makeup
- No rinse required; formula nourishes
- Rs190Rs225(16% OFF)
Lakme Absolute Bi Phased Makeup Remover
The Lakme Absolute Bi Phased Makeup Remover consists of two parts: oil and water. Oil effectively removes all traces of makeup, while water refreshes and conditions your skin without leaving a sticky residue. Dermatologically tested, this formula is suitable for sensitive skin + eyes and removes stubborn makeup.
- Cleanses with two main mechanisms: oil removes makeup, while water nourishes
- No sticky residue
- Safe for sensitive skin
- Very affordable
Forest Essentials Make Up Remover Oil, 100ml
If you want to cleanse your skin with pure, natural ingredients, the Forest Essentials Make Up Remover Oil is what you need. It combines jojoba, olive, sunflower, wheat, rose and jasmine oil, along with vitamin E, to give you a thorough herbal cleanse. Cleanse with a cotton pad and rinse post-use -- also don't forget to do a patch-test on your elbow before use.
- Contains a blend of herbal ingredients
- Also contains vitamin E
- Price point
Revlon Eye and Lip Make Up Remover
The Revlon Eye and Lip Make Up Remover is an opthalmologically-tested formula that gently removes longwearing, waterproof + transfer-resistant makeup from your eyes and lips. That means you won't irritate or stretch any delicate areas when you're taking off makeup at the end of the day. Non-comedogenic.
- A gentle formula for eyes + lips
- Removes longwear, waterproof, transfer-resistant makeup
- Opthalmologist tested
- Use it with a regular makeup remover
Maybelline New York Biphase Make-Up Remover
The Maybelline New York Biphase Make-Up Remover is a dermatologically-tested formula that effectively removes waterproof eye + lip makeup with bi-phase mechanics. So bring out all your longwear lipsticks and smudge-proof kajals and 24H mascaras: your sensitive skin will not suffer anymore.
- Bi-phase mechanics removes eye + lip makeup
- Fragrance-free formula
- Dermatologist and opthalmologist tested
Biotique Bio Almond Oil Soothing Face And Eye Makeup Cleanser, 120ml
Here's a cheaper alternative to our Forest Essentials recommendation above: the Biotique Bio Almond Oil Soothing Face And Eye Makeup Cleanser. Combining 100% herbal ingredients -- mainly oils -- like almond oil, arandi oil, sunflower oil, kusumbhi oil and surajmukhi oil, it removes all makeup effectively. Rich in vitamin E and antioxidants.
- Combines herbal ingredients only
- Rich in vitamin E + antioxidants
- Removes makeup effectively
- Rs122Rs175(30% OFF)
Maybelline Clean Express Total Clean Make Up Remover, 70ml
Another eye + lip makeup remover from Maybelline, that uses efficacious dissolving agents to gently rid your eyes and lips of waterproof, longwear makeup. Leaves no grease or residue. Also moisturizes your skin while it's cleaning it, leaving it soft and supple.
- Gentle cleanser that removes longwear makeup
- Moisturizes skin while it's at it
- Rs210Rs310(32% OFF)
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover
The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye & Lip Make Up Remover works as a great complement to the Camomile Makeup Cleanser we recommended above -- after cleansing with the latter, you can follow up with this one to remove stubborn traces of waterproof eye and lip makeup. After all, delicate areas always need extra care and attention.
- Contains Camomile extract from Norfolk, England
- Gently removes waterproof eye and lip makeup
- No added fragrance, colour or alcohol
- Rs1,155Rs3,985(71% OFF)
L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover, 125ml
The L'Oreal Paris Dermo Expertise Lip and Eye Make-Up Remover is dermatologist and opthalmologist tested, making it safe for sensitive skin and stressed-out eyes. It gently removes waterproof kajal, mascaras, lipsticks and any other longstay lip and eye makeup you may be using. Use it after cleansing your makeup base.
- Dermatologist, opthalmologist tested
- Safe for sensitive skin, stresesd out eyes
- Removes waterproof makeup
- Rs312Rs390(20% OFF)
Kaya Skin Clinic Hydra Cleanse Makeup Remover, 100ml
The Kaya Skin Clinic Hydra Cleanse Makeup Remover is more than one of the best makeup removers in India: with cucumber + hazel extracts, it also soothes your skin and tightens pores to give you a beautiful base to work with. Needless to say, its 3-in-1 deep-cleansing formula effectively removes waterproof makeup, including eye makeup.
- Contains cucumber + hazel extracts for extra-nourishment
- 3-in-1 deep cleansing formula for sensitive skin + eyes
WOW Micellar Facial Cleanser & Make Up Remover
Finicky about ingredients? The WOW Micellar Facial Cleanser & Make Up Remover is made of 100% botanical actives without any parabens, sulphates, mineral oils or alcohol. Among its star ingredients feature cucumber extracts, aloe leaf juice and lavender. It cleanses without drying your skin, which preserves its natural balance and elasticity. No rinsing required.
- Made of 100% botanical ingredients
- No rinsing required
- Free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils or alcohol
- Rs399Rs599(33% OFF)
That was the 15 best makeup removers in India. Do you have a favourite makeup remover? Give us a shoutout on our Twitter handle @HotDeals360 to talk to us. And keep watching this space for everything-beauty recs.