Wipe Away Even the Most Stubborn Mascara With These DIY Makeup Remover Pads

Last Update: June 27, 2023

From waterproof mascara to heavily pigmented shadows and liners, makeup is now formulated to withstand the elements—blistering heat, torrential rain, ugly crying. And while that’s great for hours upon hours of looking glam, removing stubborn cosmetics can be challenging. Sometimes it feels like no amount of tissues or tap water are going to get you back to your fresh-faced self.

That’s why we put together an all-in-one, DIY solution that’s gentle, chemical-free, and tough on makeup. Watch this video and save a few dollars on makeup remover—you probably already own everything you need to make these homemade remover pads.

DIY Makeup Remover Pads

What You Need

1 cup distilled water
¼ teaspoon Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild Unscented Pure-Castile Soap
1 teaspoon olive oil
Organic cotton rounds
Mason jar or round container with lid


Step 1: Combine distilled water, castile soap, and olive oil.

Step 2: Add mixture to bottom of jar.

Step 3: Stack about 10 cotton rounds inside and let them soak through.

Step 4: Continue adding pads and pouring more as you go.

Store sealed, and use pads daily to wipe away eye and face makeup (remove any excess moisture gently with a tissue).

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Megan Martin

In addition to Thrive Market, Megan has written copy for brands like Armani, Alexis Bittar, Nine West, Equinox, Olay, and (even) Jim Beam. Her health, beauty, and lifestyle coverage has been featured in Refinery29, Black Book, i-d, and others. After moving from New York, she found her home in Santa Monica, where she lives with her dog and fiance.

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