This DIY Makeup Remover Really Works & You Only Need 3 Ingredients

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Tear-free baby shampoo and almond oil with cotton balls on a table

Are you spending money on pricey makeup removers?

Makeup remover is something many of us use, but you shouldn’t have to spend a ton of money on it every month or two. Why not make your own?! It’s actually easier than you’d think! 🙌

This DIY makeup remover recipe uses just 3 ingredients that you might already have at home! It’s a far less expensive option for how much makeup remover it can make. And the best part? It really does work—tried and true!

DIY makeup remover ingredients on a table with cotton balls, measuring cup, and an empty plastic bottle

DIY Makeup Remover




Measure two ounces of water and pour into an empty bottle.


Add about 7 drops of almond oil and 1/4 teaspoon of tear-free baby shampoo to the water. Shake well and apply to face with a cotton swab!

DIY makeup remover, Q-tips, and cotton balls on a bathroom counter next to makeup items

Hip Tip: Make application easier with this One Touch Pump Dispenser!

DIY makeup remover test showing makeup on hand next to a clean hand

This DIY makeup remover really does get the job done!

I tested out my homemade makeup remover on foundation, a hot pink lip stain, and a dark brown eyeliner. After 2 swipes, my skin was makeup-free!

Hand holding a dirty cotton ball with makeup on it after using DIY makeup remover

It’s also nice to know EXACTLY what’s in your beauty products so you don’t use something that could irritate your skin. Almond oil is full of Vitamin E, but it won’t leave you feeling greasy like other products do. And considering I have leftover ingredients, I’m set with DIY makeup remover supplies for a while!

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Comments 12

  1. Angie M.

    Cool!! Thank you!! Will it remove stay on lip makeup?

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      It might require a little more rubbing to get off! It has worked well on my lip stain, but results could vary with a different product.

  2. Kim Tennyson

    Being stuck at home, I needed an eye makeup remover quick. Found olive oil works fantastic. Used to use coconut oil but ran out so now there are two options. I wear heavy black eye makeup and it takes it all off so gently.

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad it gets the job done for you. Taking off mascara and eyeliner at the end of the day can be a chore sometimes lol!

  3. apennyfeather

    I’ve always used straight olive oil for makeup removal and moisturizing

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Olive oil is awesome for so many different things! It’s been my go-to hair mask lately😄

  4. tinabuell

    Straight up baby oil is the best eye makeup remover ever

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      I bet your skin is so soft!💁‍♀️

  5. ella

    I love oil as a makeup remover. I alternate between a few oils I’ve tried from Plant Therapy (Camelia seed and Rosehip are my favorite) My skin has been so dry because my salty tears from allergy eyes have been wreaking havoc with my skin. The oils are the only moisturizer I have found to relieve it

    • Taylor (Sidekick)

      Good to know! I’m eager to try those ones!❤️

  6. toothfairy

    Baby oil works great!!

  7. Pat

    I use baby shampoo straight from the bottle and a cotton ball to remove eye makeup, learned about it many years ago and haven’t used anything else since. No need to mix anything, I put mine in a small pump bottle that used to have lotion in it. One small pump on my cotton ball for each eye. (Before that I used baby oil, but this seems to work better)

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