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Remove Your Halloween Makeup Fast with These 12 Oil Cleansers

Glitter and face paint don’t stand a chance.

By: Hannah Baxter

I can say without a scrap of embarrassment that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. When I was a nightclub bartender in New York, I would dress head to toe in an outrageous, glittery getup, with a makeup look that had to last from 7:00 PM to 5:00 AM. I looked *fabulous*, if I do say so myself. While I’m no longer slinging drinks during Halloween, the face full of products will continue, because let’s face it, Halloween is made for us beauty addicts. But once you’ve stuffed yourself with candy and danced the night away à la Bette Midler in Hocus Pocus (the greatest Halloween film of all time, don’t @ me), you have to remove all those layers of eyeshadow, liner, and sparkle. Repeat after me: DO NOT SLEEP IN YOUR MAKEUP.

In order to make the removal process as easy as possible, I’ve tracked down the 12 best oil cleansers on the market right now. I swear by oil cleansing to remove even the most stubborn of waterproof mascara, and if you subscribe to the 12-step Korean skin-care routine (I do), this is the first step in your two-part cleansing process. Oils gently break down makeup without stripping your skin—essential, since it’s probably on the dryer side these days—and reduce the amount of scrubbing you’d need to do with a cream cleanser or makeup remover alone. So do your skin a favor and pick up one of the below formulas prior to your night of partying, and have a wonderful Halloween!


DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, $28

If there was ever a cult-favorite oil cleanser, this DHC one would be it. The Japanese formula cuts through heavy makeup with ease, making your routine as fast as possible.

Caudalie Makeup Removing Cleansing Oil, $28

Caudalie products always make me feel like I’m living my best life in Bordeaux, France, and happily, their cleansing oil works beautifully. I recommend using their Overnight Detox Oil afterward for supple, soft skin.

Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil, $30

I’m newly obsessed with this line of products—their eye gel is the *best* when you want to avoid eyeshadow creases—so I’m not surprised that Biossance’s oil cleanser is just as good. It has just the right amount of slip and feels delicious on my skin.

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil, $35

This rosemary-scented oil from Shu Uemura manages to remove waterproof makeup with just a gentle massage. I like to wipe my skin with a hot towel after, and it always comes away clean. Plus, my skin stays hydrated even post-rinse.

Sulwhasoo Gentle Cleansing Oil EX, $38

I first tried this cleanser while on my recent trip to Korea with AmorePacific, and I have to say I am hooked. It leaves your skin feeling like you just got a luxe facial at a fraction of the price, and cleared my skin of any scrap of blush or bronzer.

CHANEL L’Huile Anti Pollution Cleansing Oil, $45

I’ve been using this gorgeous CHANEL cleanser for weeks now, and it does not disappoint. The formula is super gentle, with a medium weight so it really hugs your skin, and never leaves me feeling dry.

Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleansing Oil, $57

In my minimalist fantasies, I only wear head-to-toe cashmere and have a whole house stocked with Aesop bath products. This luscious parsley seed oil is a great place to start. Join me, won’t you?

African Botanics Pure Marula Cleansing Oil, $60

A true sleeper hit. I first picked up this oil at a friend’s recommendation, and I’m obsessed. Marula oil is unmatched as a makeup remover and is ultra-nourishing for your skin.

By Terry Cellularose Cleansing Oil, $68

Why are By Terry products always so beautiful? Scoop up one of her lipsticks as soon as you can, and then when you’re ready to sleep, massage it away with this rose cleansing oil.

Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser, $76

I first dipped a toe into the oil cleansing pool with this Tata Harper formula. Anytime my skin is having a flare-up, I go back to it for its ultra-soothing properties. It feels positively luxe on your skin, rinses cleanly, and smells divine. If you’re unsure where to start on your oil cleanser journey, I recommend here.

Olio-e-Osso Cleansing Oil, $80

Like many of these formulas, this oil cleanser made in Portland, Orgeon, only uses natural ingredients and leaves your skin healthy and glowing. Bonus points if you use their signature balm after.

De Mamiel Pure Calm Cleansing Dew, $88

As a proponent of traditional Chinese medicine, Aimee de Mamiel infused 14 skin-enhancing botanicals into her cleansing dew. I recommend using it as aromatherapy in the morning—just pump five to six drops into your palms, bring to your face, and breathe deeply. Then watch it dissolve any lingering makeup with ease.

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