The amount of enthusiasm you have while putting your makeup on is a hundred times more than when removing your makeup. After a tiring day, it often happens that you are too worn out to take your makeup off before going to bed. This should be strictly avoided as remnants of your makeup can clog your pores resulting in breakouts, and the chemicals used in makeup can adversely affect your skin for wearing it too long.

Makeup removers are your go-to solutions to get that stubborn makeup off your face. But if you’re on a budget, then the branded makeup removers available on the market can feel very heavy in your pocket. Moreover, paying such a lot of money for a purpose that can easily be substituted by using inexpensive products seems impractical at times.

A cheaper and easily available alternative is something that you crave for. Here are a few affordable makeup removal substitutes that can take your makeup off quickly without burning a hole in your pocket:

  1. Petroleum Jelly

This by-product of the oil drilling process has conquered the beauty industry since it’s discovery. It is valued for its unique ability to create a barrier for your skin that protects your skin from dirt and dehydration. This comes cheap as compared to your high-end makeup removers, but you’ve to make sure that you use refined petroleum jelly for your make up removing procedure.

Vaseline is the most popular refined petroleum jelly you can use on face and is readily available in the market, but you can try other brands as well.

  1. Take a reasonable amount of the product on the cotton pad and gently dab it on your face and neck.
  2. Massage gently, and you will see your makeup coming out with ease.
  3. The notorious 24 hours matte lipstick or that stubborn waterproof mascara that you put on will not be able to resist this jelly.

On the plus side, Vaseline will take care of any micro-cuts or injuries that you might be having on your face and even nourish the areas where your skin is chapped because of excessive dryness.

If you’ve oily skin, then you should use a face wash to wash off the excess oil from your face. Your face is now completely free of makeup and dirt. Apply a gentle moisturizer before going to sleep, and you are all set to wake up with soft and supple skin.

5 Inexpensive Makeup Substitutes that Won't Feel Heavy on Your Pocket

2. Coconut oil

Perhaps the cheapest and most effective and natural alternative to makeup removers is coconut oil. Coconut oil is gentle on your skin and does not strip your face off the natural oils in the process of removing your makeup. It is a safer alternative for your skin. It has therapeutic properties that keep your face hydrated for more than 24 hours, and that is why a majority of the moisturizing creams have coconut oil as their chief ingredient.

Coconut oil is infused with the goodness of Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and a lot of fatty acids that are good for your skin. Not only does it preserve the natural oils in your skin, but it also boosts the collagen production making your skin tight and young, imparting a healthy glow.

  1. Take a few drops of coconut oil on a cotton pad and dab it gently on your cheeks, eyes, lips, and neck.
  2. Gently massage in a circular motion while taking your makeup off. You will be surprised by the ease with which your makeup comes off, almost like a dream.
  3. Wash your face with a mild face wash and pat it dry.
  4. Dab on some moisturizer to wake up with clean and soft skin.

5 Inexpensive Makeup Substitutes that Won't Feel Heavy on Your Pocket

3. Baby oil and baby shampoo

Baby products are specially made with ingredients that are suited for baby skin, which is delicate and vulnerable. So, you can safely use it on your face without having to worry about the side effects. If you are someone from the oily skin family, then using baby shampoo to remove your makeup would be ideal. It is incredibly affordable, and availability will not be an issue.

Take a little amount on your palm and gently lather it with a few drops of water.

Now dab the product on your eyes and lips and massage with your fingers using a circular motion. All your eye makeup will go off within a few seconds.

  1. Wash your face off and pat dry.
  2. However, if you have dry to medium skin and would like to use something oil-based, baby shampoo is the ideal product for you.
  3. Take a few drops of the product on a cotton pad and dab it on your face and neck.
  4. Swipe off, and you’ll see all your makeup has been removed without any pulling or tugging.

This will leave you with a softness on your skin as baby oils are very nourishing.

5 Inexpensive Makeup Substitutes that Won't Feel Heavy on Your Pocket

4. DIY Micellar Water

How often have you been enchanted by that ad that shows the magic of micellar water?  But why spend so much on a product that you can easily make at home? If you are too lazy to wash your face after you have cleaned it with an oil-based remover, then micellar water is the perfect product for you.

Micellar water is little oil droplets that float in a water-based solution. It maintains the ph balance of your skin while removing your makeup effectively. You can make your own micellar water at home using a few easily available ingredients.

Take a bowl and add equal proportions of rose water, cold-pressed olive oil, and aloe vera gel. Stir it well and store it in a bottle.

Optional: You can also put a few drops of tea-tree essential oil, which is good for your skin and will also act as a preservative.

Rosewater is universally used for healthy skin that tightens pores and maintains the pH balance of the skin. Olive oil can be replaced with argan oil or any other oil that is more suitable for your skin type. The aloe vera gel acts as an emulsifier that holds the oil and the water together. Take a few drops of this mixture on a cotton pad and dab it all over your face and neck. Your makeup will come off easily and will save you the hassle of having to wash your face with soap.

5 Inexpensive Makeup Substitutes that Won't Feel Heavy on Your Pocket

5. Honey and yogurt

These are ingredients that are you will easily find in your home. A mixture of honey and yogurt can do wonders for your skin. Make sure you are using unsweetened plain yogurt for your makeup removal procedure. Yogurt is rich in probiotics and moisturizes your skin while removing your makeup.

  1. Add a few drops of honey to a spoonful of yogurt and mix it well.
  2. Use this mixture on your face and neck and gently rub it with your hands. Your makeup will come off easily, and honey will impart a subtle glow to your face.

The only downside of this mixture is that it might get a little messy with the yogurt dripping off your face. To avoid this, make sure you use not more than what is required.

5 Inexpensive Makeup Substitutes that Won't Feel Heavy on Your Pocket



Removing makeup is an essential part of your skincare regime. Your skin needs to breathe and rejuvenate itself, and this happens mostly during the night when you sleep. Therefore, it is important to sleep with clean and hydrated skin. However, spending a lot of makeup removal products might not seem to be too exciting to some.

These easily available and affordable makeup remover substitutes mentioned above will allow you to remove your makeup without any hassle. Choose the way that is best suited for you to get a clean face that shines with health.


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