This will require an initial investment of a bank breaking $15 USD. You will need the following:
1 jar of Albolene (about $10 USD) Trust me on this one, grease is the word. Not every drugstore has it; if you have a Rite Aid nearby chances are you can find it there. If not, there's always online: Click here to buy Albolene online
One jar should last a normal, once a day makeup removal type person about 6 months.
|The queen of makeup removers!|
Cheap Washcloths ($3 USD for 8 at Target) Feel free to use some washcloths that are basically ready for the washcloth graveyard. Whatever washcloth you use, make sure it's not one you particularly fancy.
|Your Washcloths: The Before Photo|
A Hairband ($2 USD) Again, one you're not attached to is best.
A Clean Sink (hopefully free, of course this depends on your housekeeping skills and whether you are removing your makeup before or after you get toothpaste spiddle all over the sink) Protip: minty fresh toothpaste is great on gums but stings on eyeballs. Avoid it. Wash your face first.
Warm Water (pay your water bill)
Here's how to do it:
Pull your hair back, and throw a washcloth in the sink under the hot tap for a few seconds. Turn off the water after a few seconds and let the washcloth sit and cool slightly.
Emulsify a quarter-sized dollop of Albolene between your hands (Albolene has the consistency of gelatin in the jar, but liquifies with the heat of your body making it an excellent option for travel). Smooth over face and eyes using a windshield wiper motion over your lashes. This should create a very unattractive, Joker-like appearance, so try and make sure you're alone for this step as to not frighten significant others or small children.
|You: mid-makeup removal|
Now, take that warm, wet washcloth and fan it out a bit so you don't burn your face. Press it against your face to emulsify the Albolene and makeup mix a bit further. With minimum pulling, you should be able to gently wipe off the rest of your makeup. This takes it ALL off...even eyelash glue can't escape it!
This is what your washcloth should look like after makeup removal and before being tossed in the washer:
|Why you shouldn't use washcloths you care about|
If you have dry skin or at an age where you have to worry about fine lines, wrinkles, or "the scalies", you can probably go to bed now without feeling the least bit greasy or tight. In fact, it should leave you rather clean and comfy! Total time at sink should add up to about 30 seconds.
If you're a bit younger or VERY oily, you may want to go a bit further and wash with your normal cleanser; maybe even break out the Clairisonic.
Now brush your teeth and go to bed. Sweet dreams!