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Sincerely Brooklyn is a lifestyle blog that provides cultural commentary of my life in Brooklyn. With cultural insight and perspective, this is a creative outlet for the beauty obsessed, social and political observer in constant pursuit of great food, great company and fun times. 

Beauty

Taking Makeup Off

Sin

I wear makeup mostly everyday. Some form of makeup. Whether it's a little lipgloss or a little eyebrow pencil to fill in my brows, I have to admit I pretty regularly utilize beauty products. 

I try not to wear foundation everyday, only because I've been lucky enough to have pretty clear, smooth, acne free skin most of my life and I want to keep it that way. I'm not one of those girls who thinks that people who wear makeup everyday, wreck their skin. I know better. I understand that you can wear makeup everyday and have beautiful skin. The reason why I don't wear foundation everyday is because I'm lazy about my skin care regime. 

Some days I like to just wipe my eyes and go to bed. Some days I like to just sleep in my eyebrow pencil. Some days I like to wait until my lipgloss fades and go to bed. I don't want to have to be extra careful every night with multiple steps just to remove makeup. I also don't won't clogged pores, hyper pigmentation, and acne from not properly removing makeup either. 

Removing makeup is what separates the professionals from the amateurs. Here are the steps that I take (as a girl with dry skin) to remove my makeup: 

1.) Makeup Remover. Some people use oil based drugstore makeup removers or at home treatments like Vaseline. No. That stuff clogs your pores and it has never worked for me. Some people say it's good enough, but I'm not looking for 'good enough' skin. I use Bioderma. Bioderma is very hard to find because it is an European brand. You can't just walk into Walgreens or CVS and get it. It is also expensive to buy on the internet if you live in middle America. If you live in New York CIty though, you can find it at New London Pharmacy on 8th Avenue or oo35mm in Chinatown. I suggest going to oo35mm because they have lots of sizes and tend to be much cheaper than London's. 

Bioderma works like a dream and will thoroughly remove all your makeup. 

Bioderma

Bioderma

2.) Makeup Wipes. I use Bioderma wipes which are expensive and even harder to find than the remover. I suggest using baby wipes or drugstore makeup removers. You can drench them in Bioderma. It will remove all traces of makeup. 

All my makeup on one makeup wipe

All my makeup on one makeup wipe

3.) Moisturizer. If you have dry skin like me, you have to have a good moisturizer. I use Origins line of moisturizers. Most of their lines geared toward dry skin and anti-aging are great as thick night time moisturizers. 

Origins

Origins

Of course all these things work for me and differ from person to person. Also this regime works for me in the fall/winter time. This is something I would suggest you do if you have on a moderate to heavy amount of foundation. 

Good luck!