DIY Homemade Makeup Remover – How to Easily Make Eye Makeup Remover at Home

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Hi everyone! Today I bring to you a super easy, super effective, super saving and super good for you, homemade makeup remover recipe!

If you are in a transition of using only natural products on your skin, then it makes sense to start using a full natural mixture to remove the makeup of the skin.

After many requests on my diy natural tinted moisturizer, I decided to put together a guide showing you several recipes on how to make natural makeup remover.

Best DIY Makeup Remover Solutions

To make natural makeup remover, you can use several options, which can also have a great impact on your skin too.

Here’s the main ingredients and recipes you can try and prepare at home:

How to Use Witch Hazel as DIY Makeup Remover

One of the most popular solutions to prepare makeup remover at home is using Witch Hazel.

Witch hazel is made of the witch hazel shrub and is a popular herbal extract and hydrosol. It has a wide use on skin problems and has been used in the beauty industry for years.

This solution will help you easily remove makeup at home but also it will act as a remedy for several skin conditions, helping you treat acne spots, soothing dry skin or itching.

Using Witch Hazel

To use witch hazel as a makeup remover is pretty easy.

  1. Use it directly on its own or diluted with water on a 50/50 mixture.
  2. Using a corner of a washcloth or makeup pad, soak it in the mixture and remove the makeup using circular motions.

Using Oil Cleansing

Oil cleansing consists of using oil to make diy makeup remover. It is pretty simple and you need to use which oil suits your skin type best.

Using the right oil for cleansing, can dissolve excess oil in your skin pores and balance the overly dry or oily skin, making it a perfect solution for every skin type.

Some of the most popular oils include castor and olive oil but other oil types may work well for your skin too. Sunflower, coconut oil, safflower or avocado are some of these additional oils you can use too.

DIY Makeup Remover for Oily Skin

If you have a oily skin, then jojoba oil, witch hazel and aloe vera combination would be a great mixture.


  • 2 Tbsp. Witch Hazel
  • 2 Tbsp. Jojoba Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Aloe Vera Gel
  • 2 Drops Essential Oil (Recommended Lemon)


Pour the witch hazel, jojoba and aloe vera ingredients into a small container with airtight lid. Then, add the lemon essential oil and swirl to combine the ingredients well.

When you need to use it, apply a small amount in a makeup cotton pad and wipe gently over the eye area to remove the makeup.

DIY Makeup Remover for Dry Skin

If you have a dry skin, then you should prepare a mixture of extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil resembles the natural type of oil on your skin, without clogging the pores and without causing any acne.


  • 1/2 Cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Bottle of Aloe Vera Water


Pour the extra virgin olive oil into the aloe vera water bottle and shake them well together.

Using a makeup cotton pad, apply the mixture and gently wipe your face and eye area of your skin.

Make sure to be quick when applying since if you leave it for a while, the two ingredients will separate from each other and you will need to mix the bottle again.

Homemade Makeup Remover for Combination Skin

If you have a natural balanced skin, then you should use a mixture of green tea and grapeseed oil for skin.

Green tea will reduce the sebum production while the grapeseed oil restores collagen, reduces skin inflammation and brightens it.


  • 1 Tbsp of Brewed Green Tea
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Vegetable Glycerin
  • 1 Tbsp of Grapeseed Oil


Combine all the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake them well to blend thoroughly.

When needed, spray the mixture into a cotton ball and apply to your skin. Let it sit on your skin for a few seconds before wiping it from the surface. 

How to Use Aloe Vera as DIY Makeup Remover

Aloe vera is another solution which can be used to remove makeup at home.

All you have to do is combine aloe vera gel with a couple of skin-nourishing ingredients and use it as makeup remover.

Using Aloe Vera

  1. Combine in a small bowl, equal amounts of aloe vera and raw honey.
  2. Then, add two tbsp. of your preferred oil for every cup of cleanser.
  3. Combine the ingredients together using an immersion blender, until they are in a paste form.
  4. Store the mixture in a container and put it into a cool place.
  5. When needed, use a small scoop of cleanser by massaging it into the skin for 1-2 minutes before rinsing with cool water.

Using Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a widely used oil for cooking and as a carrier oil for essential oils. It also is used as moisturizer and for acne treatment mixtures.

Another usage of this oil is as a natural makeup remover. All you have to do is apply a little bit of it onto your eyes area before bed. Then, use some cotton pads to wipe the makeup.

Using Shea Butter

Another one ingredient eye makeup remover is shea butter. It is reported to help you take off the make up without much effort.

As it has a solid texture, you should apply first to your fingers to warm it up a little bit and then apply to your eyes.

Using Jojoba Oil

As I mentioned in the upper section, jojoba oil can be used on a mixture for oily skin makeup remover or you can simply use it as a one ingredients remover.

It has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory abilities and will help you to easily remove the makeup while giving your skin a nice treatment.

Using Olive Oil

The good old olive oil is another one ingredient solution you can use as a natural makeup remover.

It has been a well-known  player in the beauty industry for so long and it is present in a lot of skin care products.

It is also one of the most affordable solutions in this list, when compared with other upper mentioned options.  

Simple 2 Ingredient DIY Natural Eye Makeup Remover

You only need 2 ingredients to whip up this concoction and less than 2 minutes to whip it up!

What you will need: 

  • A small travel bottle
  • Witch Hazel
  • Olive Oil (preferably Extra Virgin)

Olive Oil has been known for quite some time to be incredible for the skin. It is packed with nutrients and antioxidants that help promote younger looking skin. I tone down the oiliness with witch hazel; it just gives it a more refreshing feel to me, especially when I've had my eye makeup on all day.

How to Make Homemade Eye Makeup Remover


Pour small amount of witch hazel into bottle - I always make this in small batches so it doesn't spoil


Then pour an equal amount of olive oil. Once the oil separates (doesn't take long) you will see the 1/2 to 1/2 ratio.


This is what it looks like once the oil separates. As you can see, I poured just a bit more olive oil than witch hazel, but I don't mind. The ratio is really up to you. You can even use it straight if you'd like!


This is what it looks like when you shake it; which you should always do before using! This amount, which is about 1/4 of the bottle, lasts me about 2 weeks.

How to Use Your DIY Homemade Makeup Remover 

  1. Shake your bottle so the witch hazel and olive oil are mixed again
  2. Generously apply the eye makeup remover to a cotton ball
  3. Hold the cotton ball to your closed eye for about 20 seconds. This gives the oil time to break down all the gunk.
  4. Then gently swipe downward, over and over.
  5. Repeat if needed

*Obviously you will need to wash your face afterward. But even for the time the olive oil sits on your eye area, it's doing it's job of delivering all the nutrients and antioxidants to that area. I even notice my eyelashes begin to look healthier and longer as opposed to when I don't use this consistently.

And if the proof is in the "pudding", then here is my pudding" to show you:


Here is one of my eyes just waiting to be stripped down from all the gunk it's had on all day!

I applied extra mascara that day, just to show you how awesome this eye makeup remover really is!


And here is the same eye about 1 minute later!

Here is a side by side comparison:


I love this stuff; it not only works, but is so soothing to the eye area. It's so much better than the stuff you pay money for that's full of chemicals and skin irritants. This is an all natural, good for you, eye makeup remover that actually works! So whether you love to sport a smokey eye, or a more natural eye, this baby will always have you covered at the end of the day:)

Credit: I first heard about using olive oil to remove makeup from Michelle Phan. You can find her blog post here. I just re-formulated it to something that worked best for me.

Do you have another home made eye makeup remover recipe you would like to share? I'd love to hear about it!

1 thought on “DIY Homemade Makeup Remover – How to Easily Make Eye Makeup Remover at Home”

  1. Aw, this was a very good post. Spending some time and actual effort to create a great article…
    but what can I say… I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything


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