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Everyone likes a fresh start. If you want to wake up with clean, glowing skin, then you absolutely must take off all your makeup.

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Laura Mercier is the creator of Laura Mercier cosmetics and the author of The New Beauty Secrets: Your Ultimate Guide to a Flawless Face (Atria). Here’s what she had to say:

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The process of taking off your makeup should be gentle and should never leave your skin dehydrated or irritated. That’s why I like to use a cleansing oil, which won’t dry out your face. Using your fingers, swipe a small amount of oil across your lids, eyebrows, and lips, and then lightly massage it all over your face. This will soften your skin and loosen the makeup, so you don’t have to rub like crazy. Then take a flat, square cotton pad—I like these better than the balls, which can be rough—and pour a little cleansing oil on it. Go over the same spots again, being careful not to scrub back and forth. Just skim the surface in one direction to pull up the color.

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To learn more about removing your make-up, including why baby wipes are not suitable, how to wash off waterproof mascara, and what to do once you’ve rinsed, head over to Allure.

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