The first rule in wearing makeup is that at the end of the day, you need to remove it. Eye makeup cakes and smears if left in place overnight. The sensitive skin around your eyes also needs gentle cleansing and regular moisture to stay healthy and elastic, which means no harsh soap or scrubbers. Homemade remedies work as effectively as store-bought removers and have significantly fewer mystery ingredients.

Your eye makeup remover might be as close as your kitchen cabinet. Coconut, olive, jojoba or apricot kernel oil all gently break down makeup and provide soothing moisture to the skin around your eyes.

Apply about a teaspoon of the oil to a cotton pad. If you use coconut oil, the compound is solid when stored at room temperature, so just put a small lump of the product on the pad. Your body temperature will soon turn the oil into a liquid.

Apply the cotton pad to your eyelid and allow the oil to work on the makeup products for a minute or so. Once the oil has begun to break down the makeup, start to gently sweep the cotton pad across your eyelid. Once you have removed most of the makeup, sweep a clean cotton pad around your eye to clean up any leftover residue.

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If you have a lot of makeup along your bottom lash line or around the inner corner of your eye, apply your choice of natural oil to a cotton swab and sweep along those tiny, delicate areas.

Baby shampoos and oils are designed to be gentle and soothing on an infant’s skin, so they also work wonders around your eyes. Opt for an all-natural baby shampoo with no added fragrances or compounds. Wet a clean cotton round with water and apply a pea-sized amount of baby shampoo to the round. Sweep the mixture across your eyelid and along your lower lash line. To avoid eye irritation, avoid rubbing the shampoo around your lashes too much.

Alternatively, apply a natural baby oil or a softening baby lotion to your eye area for a softening effect without a more intense soap compound, especially if you tend toward sensitive skin. Apply the oil or lotion and wipe away using a clean cotton round.

If you need a hydrating wash, open up your fridge. Apply about a teaspoon of whole milk to a fresh cotton ball. Sweep the milk over your eye and allow the mixture to work at the makeup compounds for a minute or so as the fats in the milk break down the makeup.

Wipe away the milk with the cotton round using gentle sweeping motions to avoid tugging on the skin. Rinse your eyes in lukewarm water afterward to remove any leftover milk.

Honey not only removes makeup, it also cleanses the skin and serves as an antibacterial and softening agent. The natural powerhouse gets a boost from a dash of baking soda. Wet a washcloth with warm water. Apply a tablespoon of honey to the washcloth and apply a tiny dash of baking soda on top of the honey.

Sweep the prepped washcloth over your eye area using very gentle motions to avoid tugging at the skin. The warm washcloth will help to distribute the honey gently and evenly over the eye. Once you have removed your makeup, rinse your face with warm water to remove any excess honey.