Foundation? Nope. Mascara? Nope. It’s not even a makeup product… it’s a makeup REMOVAL product. Yes. Micellar Cleansing Water. There are more uses for it than just removing your makeup.
So, how does it work? ***CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN SCIENTIFIC CONTENT.*** . Micellar water contains electrically charged particles called micelles. Micelles attract dirt and makeup while acting like a solvent to gently remove dirt and makeup that otherwise clog pores. See? Not so sciency.
Now, although micellar water is the best makeup remove I’ve found yet, it does have other uses. I had no idea my trusty micellar water had so many other uses! I found all of the following uses from Mixed Makeup.
What… clean twice? Ain’t nobody got time for that! Honestly, you do. All you need to do is wipe makeup, dirt and oil away with a cotton ball or pad soaked with micellar water, then clean with your normal cleanser. That’s it! No… seriously. If your cleanser contains an active ingredient such as glycolic acid or salicylic acid, cleansing with micellar water beforehand actually increases the effectiveness of those ingredients.
Fix Makeup Mistakes
I can’t liquid eyeliner. Like, at all. My saving grace? Micellar water. You can really use it to fix any makeup mistake since it acts as a solvent. Lipstick mishap? No problem! Q-Tip soaked in micellar water to the rescue!
Makeup Brush Cleaner
While I’ve never tried cleaning my brushes this way (I use my tried and true African Black Soap as a brush cleaner), I”m sure it would work great since micellar water attracts dirt, oil and makeup. You can add some micellar water to a bowl, swish brushes and let air dry or soak a paper towel with micellar water and rub brushes and let dry.
If you’re like me and not a huge fan of perfume, you may find yourself wanting to remove what you’ve already applied. Soak a cotton pad with micellar water and rub over the area where perfume was applied. It will help remove the perfume oils and most of the fragrance as well.
Fale Eyelash Remover
I can honestly say I’ve only worn falsies a handful of times in my life (thanks to my dance team days with “show” makeup…), but I do remember having to pull false eyelashes off after a long day. A safer way to remove false eyelashes is to soak a cotton pad with micellar water, hold it on the eyelashes for 15-20 seconds to dissolve the glue, and remove the eyelashes.
Freshen Up After the Gym
Dirt and oil can cause breakouts if your skin isn’t cleaned immediately after a workout. Sometimes you don’t have time to cleanse your skin immediately after the gym. Solution? Quick swipe of micellar water on a cotton pad and you’re good to go! You can even use it on underarms… your friends’ noses will thank you.
Clothing Stain Remover
No stain remover handy? Blot the stain with micellar water on a cotton pad and it will lift the stain away or significantly lighten the stain. Coffee drinkers, rejoice!
My favorite brand of micellar water is Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water All-in-1 Mattifying. It cleanses and removes makeup gently without drying. The low price tag doesn’t hurt either. If you don’t have micellar water in your beauty arsenal, jump on board on this one. It guarantee it will quickly become one of your favorites!