A Makeup Artist Tells Exactly How She Washes Her Face

We asked hair and makeup artist Ashlea Penfold to give us her top tips when it comes to making the most of your facial cleansing routine.

Remember when Kylie Jenner was dragged to hell and back after posting a vid to social media that showed her incorrectly washing her face using Kylie Skin products?

After fans pointed out that the makeup mogul failed to wipe her makeup off prior to cleansing and barely left the product on long enough to be effective, it sparked discussion across social media as to what exactly is the "correct" way to cleanse one's face each day.

So not wanting to make the same mistake as Kylie, we enlisted the professional advice of hair and makeup artist Ashlea Penfold.

Here are her top tips on the most effective way to have your face squeaky-clean:

Why is it important to remove makeup properly?

Throughout the day, oil and sweat can accumulate on your skin, which is why it's important to cleanse your face each evening -- even if you don't wear makeup. 

While it's tempting to forgo your nightly facial cleanse after a big night, leaving makeup on overnight can lead to clogged pores as well as eye irritation. 

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"Not removing makeup properly can cause build up of dirt and makeup on the skin, causing congestion and skin irritations," Ashlea said. 

"As well as that, your complexion can end up looking dull and makeup won't sit properly on the skin."

So how should I be cleansing?

While makeup removers and facial cleansers are often used interchangeably, it's important to note that they aren't the same.

Makeup removers generally contain oil, water, and a preservative in order to remove the layer of product on the skin, while cleansers specifically remove dirt, contaminants and oil from your face.

Skincare to me is the most important part of makeup, especially when it comes to taking it off.

"At the end of the day, I love to double cleanse -- one to remove makeup and one to cleanse the skin," Ashlea added.

Most dermatologists suggest using your fingers to rub the cleanser into your face with lukewarm water for around 20-30 seconds, before rinsing and following up with a hydrating moisturiser.

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"When I remove heavy makeup, I like to gently emulsify a cleansing oil into the skin with a little water to get a deep clean," she said.

"Then I follow by massaging in moisturiser. Stimulating the skin with massage is a secret of mine to create a healthy looking glow."

What products should I use?

While your regime will vary depending on your skin type, Ashlea said you can't go wrong with an easy to follow routine.

"I love to keep it really simple with quality products. A cleansing oil is a staple in my makeup kit as it preps the skin and doesn’t leave any greasy residue," Ashlea said.

"I also use Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Spray SPF50+ just before applying my makeup for lightweight sun protection that doesn’t clog pores."

Ashlea also suggested avoiding a heavy-handed approach when it comes to rubbing in any products, as tugging on the skin too much could cause broken capillaries and it irritate the skin.

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