The Double Cleanse: How I Remove My Makeup (Video)

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DOUBLE cleanse women of color

This is of course not the first time we talked about the double cleanse. We talked about it when I did my cleansing oil round-up here, in a double-cleanse tutorial here, and also when I reviewed the Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Omega Cleansing Jelly here. But I’m bringing it up again since I had some video clips from previous video shoots and had enough footage to make a video of the process :)

Basically the double cleanse is a skincare process with origins in both Japan and Korea where a two-step cleanse is used to 1. remove makeup and 2. cleanse the skin.

I love the process because for years makeup wipes were my makeup removal method of choice, but I’ve found that even the most emollient wipes can’t hold a candle to my favorite cleansing oils. Cleansing oils just seem more effective (and efficient) for my routine—I rub them in (on DRY hands—super important that you use them on DRY hands and skin otherwise they won’t work as intended) and then massage them into my skin. The cleansing oils I really like (see a bunch I tested here and here) get rid of mascara, the smokiest of smoky eye makeup, all kinds of foundation, the most hardcore liquid lip—it gets it done! After you’ve massaged the makeup off with your oil (or balm as I’m using in the video), rinse it off and you’re ready for the next step or “second cleanse.” Use a water or gel-based cleanser for your skin type and needs to give your skin another cleanse to ensure all traces of makeup, free radicals, pollution, etc. are properly cleansed from the skin. Occasionally I’ll use my Clarisonic in the second cleansing step, but no more than 2-3 times per week (Clarisonic says the brushes are safe for daily use, but that can be too much for some—I personally only go 2-3 times a week).

Double Cleanse Video:

Products used:
Peter Thomas Roth 24K Cleansing Butter
Clarisonic Radiance Brush
Clarisonic Radiance Cleanser
Lip color: MAC Dance with Me

Now you’re ready for the next steps in your routine!

I’ve written TONS of skincare posts over the years, here’s some you can read in case you need a refresher on what comes next in your routine after the double cleanse:

No Skincare Regimen? Start Here.

Why You Need a Solid Nighttime Skincare Regimen

If You Have Oily or Very Oily Skin, Here’s Some Things to Make Sure You’re NOT Doing…

Answers to Your Questions About Dark Spots, Retinol + More

The Thing You Better Be Doing Before Bed Or I’m Not Your Friend…

The Order to Apply Your Skincare Products

The Problem with Using Black Soap

8 Sunscreens That Won’t Make You Ashy

6 More Sunscreens That Won’t Make You Ashy and Greasy

Here’s 7 MORE Sunscreens That Won’t Make You Ashy + Makeup Setting Spray with SPF

More Sunscreen posts

Posts on Acne

Posts on Hyperpigmentation

Posts on Oily Skin

My “What I’m Using on My Skin Right Now” Archive

My entire Skincare Archive

Do you double cleanse? Tell me in the comments!

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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2 Responses to The Double Cleanse: How I Remove My Makeup (Video)

  1. Samantha says:

    I love double cleansing as well! Right now, I use a makeup wipe first to remove my makeup then my regular foaming cleanser, but I may need to try a cleansing oil. Thanks for the recommendations!

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