As awesome as lipstick makes you look, as you probably already know firsthand, accidents can and do happen. You may be busy, or you have your mind on other things and, for whatever reason, you end up putting lipstick where it doesn’t belong. Or maybe it’s time to turn in for the day and you need to get your lipstick off your lips.
Whatever the reason may be for removing lipstick, you must do it quickly and efficiently. As you are no doubt aware of, if you keep lipstick on your skin for a long period, your lips become chapped.
Covering your lips with basic lipstick for hours on end is not really going to be healthy for your skin. The sooner you remove any kind of lipstick products from your skin, the better off your skin would be. It would at least give it the kind of time and opportunity it needs to naturally heal and renew itself.
The big challenge when it comes to lipstick removal is how to do it without Vaseline. Most women consider Vaseline as their “go-to substance” in removing lipstick. In fact, it’s very easy to think that there is no other product that could even come close to Vaseline when it comes to getting lipstick off in a relatively short time.
If you’ve ever used any kind of Vaseline lipstick removal technique, you know that you just need to leave it on the area that you are trying to remove lipstick from for about 5 minutes, and you’re pretty much good to go. It doesn’t require any special scrubbing or any special equipment. You don’t have to buy any commercial lipstick remover that might have all sorts of harsh chemicals in it.
Quick, easy, convenient, and as close to all-natural as you can get, removing lipstick with Vaseline is a hard option to replace.
But sometimes, you find yourself in a situation where you just don’t have access to Vaseline. Maybe you ran out or maybe you are visiting with friends and they just don’t have Vaseline.
What do you do to remove lipstick without this amazing product?
How to remove lipstick without Vaseline
First, go to the kitchen and try to get some sort of plant-based oil. Ideally, you should get olive oil. But any kind of vegetable-based cooking oil will do.
Next, get a cotton round or cotton bud and dip it slightly into the oil. Let some of the oil soak into the cotton round. Once it is moderately soaked, gently roll the oil-infused cotton round over your lips. Do this gently.
When you do this right and enough oil gets on the lipstick, you can see the lipstick residue melt away.
Use micellar water
Another great option you could use is micellar water. If you have access to it, great!
Just get a cotton ball and dip it in a little bit of micellar water. The key here is not to get the cotton ball so soaking wet that it’s very hard to work with. You need something damp but manageable enough so when you rub it on your lips, you can control it well enough to get as much of the lipstick off as quickly as possible. This is very hard to do if you’re using a soaking wet cotton ball.
Why micellar water? Using this product is much safer than going with typical commercial makeup removers. Micellar water is more natural.
It’s just basic vegetable oil-based molecules mixed with a lot of water. It’s just an emulsion.
So, this solution binds with the molecules of the lipstick on your lips in such a way that you can easily wipe it off. Also, commercial makeup remover formulations tend to be packed with all sorts of chemicals. Not all these chemicals are even active ingredients that do the cleaning. A lot of them are just additives or fillers.
Option #3: Lip balm
Another way you can get lipstick off, no matter how stubborn it may be, is with lip balm. There are many types of lip balms out there and a lot of them have enough oil to make them good options for lipstick removal.
While this does work, this should be on the lower end of your list of options. In fact, this should be an option that you should only use if you really don’t have much time. If you need to get rid of your lipstick in a hurry, because you are trying to apply another lipstick color, or you are quickly trying to go to bed, this may be a good option for you.
Just apply the lip balm on the area that you need to remove the lipstick from, let it sit for a few minutes and then quickly wipe off.
Option #4: Lip scrub
With this technique, you can use a commercial lip scrub formulation, or you can make your own. How? You can mix honey and brown sugar along with some water.
This can help you not only to lift the lipstick off your skin, but the honey component can also bring back quite a bit of moisture to your dry and chapped lips. This is a nice, all-natural home remedy for overall skin health, plus it also makes for a very effective organic option for lipstick removal.
If you find yourself having a tough time with all the other non-Vaseline techniques above, try an old toothbrush. Old toothbrushes usually have gentle bristles so you can use this to scrub off stubborn lipstick or lipstick residue.
Whatever the case may be, when you use an old toothbrush, you help the outer layer of the skin on your lips exfoliate. This is healthy for your skin because it would push off the old, dead layer so that a new, healthier, and younger-looking layer would come out. Exfoliation is an important part of optimal skin maintenance.
Though ordinary lipstick can be wiped off easily from our lips using the options above, it’s still best to use Vaseline. Vaseline is gentle on your lips because a lot of the other options available might hurt your lips if you wipe too hard.