Wednesday, October 5, 2011

DIY Makeup Cleansing Towelettes

with all of my costume makeup-ing i have been in dire need of makeup remover wipes. washing your face in the sink helps clean, but it does not remove ALL makeup residue. i find that often i have residue around my eyes, hairline, or near my earlobes that i have missed. since our budget is a little tighter of late, i decided to research making my own makeup remover wipes.

i have put together the following tutorial so that you too can make your own makeup remover wipes.


1  2-ply paper towel roll
very sharp knife
4  cups water
a dash of baby wash (i prefer Aveeno, non-comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, and doesn't sting your eyes)
a container for your wipes (high class all the way, an old Daisy Sour Cream container)

step 1:

measure your container to your paper towel roll to determine length of cut. with knife, cut through paper towel roll.

step 2:

mix a dash of your preferred baby wash (why baby wash? because it is a gentle cleanser and typically doesn't irritate skin) with 4 cups of water.

step 3:

place paper towel roll in container to make sure it fits! (roll will be very difficult to re-cut once it is wet)

step 4:

remove paper towel roll, add 1 cup of water to bottom of container. replace paper towel roll and add remaining cleansing solution. once solution is absorbed, remove cardboard center.

that's it! so simple and the whole process took me less than five minutes, including finding all materials which i had around the house. place your wipes in a location that doesn't scream, SOUR CREAM and enjoy!


ps. congrats to Elizabeth for winning the Bare Minerals eyeshadow! i will be contacting you shortly for your mailing address. i hope to see you all of you guys enter the next contest. this one was surprisingly quiet. :)


  1. Wow! Great Tip. I will totally do this =)

  2. Susy, my only suggestion would be to not be stingy with the baby wash. my first batch i only used a squirt (still works but my waterproof mascara stays put) and since i tend to wear more makeup than the average woman, i should have used more cleanser as well :)

  3. Does it need to be baby soap or do you think I could use my Cetaphil?

  4. Amanda, i think Cetaphil is a great idea! it is so gentle yet very effective in cleansing. i would give it a try if i were you. worst case you are out a third of a paper towel roll and a couple of squirts of cleanser. let me know how it goes.

  5. This is great. I love the idea of cleansing cloths, but I don't like what they put in them. This way I can customize it to my preference. Great idea!

  6. you can remove the paint on the container w/ acetone (nail polish remover) and a cloth. comes right off, then you don't have to hide it.

  7. Great travel idea. Fold a few completed towelettes. Slip into zipper style plastic bag. Fold up and put in purse or carry on. Beats the travel size containers that dry up no matter how carefully you try to reseal. For dry skin, might try a bit of almond oil whisked into the mix.

  8. Replies
    1. What I was wondering exactly.... does anyone answer the questions ???

    2. Mine lasted just over a month, about 6 weeks :)

    3. I need fragrance free everything... is there a fragrance free paper towel on the market that can be purchased, if so where?

  9. I also added some coconut oil which really helps with waterproof make-up also,when your done rubbing in the little bit of coconut oil left on your face makes an excellent moisturizer!