DIY Makeup Remover Pads

makeup remover

The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, here goes nothing- I have a makeup addiction. (Kevin is reading this and giving a sarcastic gasp of shock right now, I guarantee it.)

My last three YouTube searches were all for contouring tutorials. Unless the house is on fire, I’m not leaving without my eyebrows filled in. And my Sephora frequent-flyer card takes a place of higher priority in my wallet than my library card (I’m a bookworm, so that’s saying more than you might think). I love makeup. Probably too much.

But the one thing every woman over 21 knows is that you absolutely, positively must take off your makeup at the end of the day. Unless you want breakouts, irritated skin, and puffy eyes, you do not sleep with your game-face on.

makeup-remover-padsFoundations, concealers, powders, and even our life-altering contours can trap oils and dirt underneath, clogging pores and causing breakouts. They can also irritate skin by overdrying, and prolonged wear can turn a mild reaction to irritants into a big problem. Overnight wear can also cause additional stress for your eyes- yes, your mascara looks flawless, but leaving it on overnight can cause redness, puffiness, and itching that closely resemble allergy symptoms.

Like I said- blank canvas before bed is non-negotiable.

Of course, we’ve all tried store-bought makeup remover. The alcohol-based products dry out sensitive skin. The oil-based ones leave your face feeling greasy. And as convenient as the pre-packaged wipes are, who can afford them?

The solution, my dears, is DIY Makeup Remover Pads.

makeup remover padsWHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 quart-size wide-mouth jar
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 2 squirts of tear-free baby wash
  • 2 cups of purified water
  • 2 packages of cotton pads (rounds)
  • microwave-safe bowl


1) In microwave-safe bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of coconut oil, 2 squirts of baby wash, and 2 cups of purified water.

2) Microwave in 10-20 second increments until melted and well blended.

3) Place about 50 cotton pads inside jar.

4) Pour the liquid mixture over the pads in the jar. Press pads down to help soak up the liquid. Add more pads to fit, pressing down.

5) Secure lid tight and store in a cool, dry place.

6) Use to remove make-up nightly; follow by rinsing face with water, or your normal cleansing routine.

These gentle makeup remover pads are eye-makeup safe (no more racoon eyes!) and totally customizable. If your skin is naturally oily, use slightly less coconut oil and an extra squirt of baby wash. If your skin runs on the drier side, use a touch more coconut oil. Play around until you find the perfect formula for you, and your face will be refreshed and ready to rock tomorrow’s winged eyeliner!