Save Money: Best DIY Makeup Remover


Makeup is something I spend a small fortune on each year. You, too?

I was okay with using a drugstore brand – but even that was $10-$15 for a bottle of liquid foundation. But then, right before my wedding in 2014, I switched from the discount drugstore brand I’d been using to a more expensive brand: Clinique.

And I’ve never looked back.

Sure, it’s sometimes hard to justify spending $30 on a single bottle of liquid foundation, but the tradeoff is definitely worth it.

It feels great on my skin, doesn’t run off in the summertime heat, and just plain looks great.

But I do like to save money wherever possible and I’ve recently switched to making my own makeup remover to use at home.

DIY Makeup remover: Really works!

The disposable makeup remover pads are a great convenience, yes. But is it really that much extra work to grab a cotton pad every night to remove my eye makeup?

I have to say I didn’t have my hopes up too high when doing this experiment. But I was wrong! This is quite possibly the most amazing DIY beauty hack. Ever.

Making the Switch

When transitioning to your own DIY makeup remover, the hardest part to get right is taking off the eyeliner and mascara. I don’t want to tug and pull at the delicate skin around my eye. I’m aging fast enough and I don’t want to help the process along by abusing my skin!

Although I have this concern with over-the-counter eye makeup remover, too. Maybe I’m just too self-conscious of it because I’m now closer to being 40 than I am to 30 (yikes).

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After scouring the internet for DIY eye makeup remover solutions that “real people” can use (none of this coconut/jojoba oil nonsense – I’m much too busy to figure out where to buy that), this is the concoction that looks like a winner.

It comes to you from who claims she used Clinique eye makeup remover before switching to this DIY mixture to remove her makeup.

And since I’m using Clinique makeup products myself (mostly, though I do have an Almay eyeliner and am currently using a Younique brand mascara), I think this DIY recipe is going to be the best bet.

Are you with me?

Here goes…

Eye Makeup Remover with Baby Shampoo
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  1. 2 oz water
  2. 5 drops baby oil
  3. 1/4 tsp tear-free baby shampoo
  1. Stir together water, baby oil, and shampoo
  2. Pour into a storage container
  3. Apply to cotton ball or pad and gently wipe away makeup
  4. *Shake well before each use

The Results

OMG. I cannot believe how amazing this eye makeup remover is. I know I’m going to sound like an infomercial right now… but seriously people.

You. Must. Do. This.

This homemade eye makeup remover is the best I’ve ever used.

And it was super easy to make! The ingredients are easy enough to buy at your local Target or dollar store and the measuring and mixing was quick and painless.

It takes my eye makeup off completely and leaves my lashes soft and silky. There’s no leftover mascara or eyeliner residue, no raccoon eyes, and no “goop” stuck in the corners of my eyes to dig out the next morning.

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Even if it cost more money to make this than to buy my old Clinique brand of makeup remover, I would still use this DIY version from

Give it a try and let me know what you think!


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Amy Beardsley

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Amy Beardsley is passionate about personal finance and debt reduction. In 2015, she and her husband Andrew started on a budget making, debt-destroying journey to put an end to the cycle of living paycheck-to-paycheck once and for all. Join her at where she blogs about their progress and offers advice on real money for real women.