The 8 Best Makeup Removers Koreans Actually Use 2018

Properly removing your makeup is an essential step to keeping your skin clean. There are a variety of options from micellar waters to cleansing oils that can get the job done. And depending on how much makeup you use and your skin type, different products. However, below we’ve rounded up the 8 most popular and commonly used products strictly dedicated makeup removers.

1. Innisfree Apple Seed Lip & Eye Remover

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Innisfree’s a perennial favorite when it comes to newbies to Korean skincare. Affordable and widely available, several of their products are still excellent staples even when there are flashier or perhaps more cutting edge Korean brands out there. Their apple seed makeup remover happens to be one of those staples. Refreshing, moisturizing, and most importantly effective, the formula is suitable for sensitive skin. Free from mineral oil, synthetic pigments, animal ingredients, sulfate, and fragrances, you can be sure this is a safe choice for your skin.

Good for: An affordable option

Innisfree Apple Seed Lip & Eye Remover, 100 ml 6500 KRW

2. Laneige Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof

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Laneige’s ultra-mild formula is intended to keep you tear-free when you’re wiping off your makeup. Contains moisturizing aloe extracts and chamomile extracts that soothe and protect skin from external elements while removing makeup gently and quickly; the formula does not irritate the eyes, making it safe to use on sensitive skin around the lips and eyes.


What makes Laneige Lip & Eye Remover special?

  • Ultra-mild formula with the same pH as tears, but strong enough to remove eye and lip makeup.
  •  Two separate formulas form an emulsion when mixed, enabling it to remove any type of makeup without leaving any trace.
  • Contains organic aloe and chamomile extracts that protect the sensitive skin around the eyes and mouth from abrasion by forming a moist protective barrier.


Laneige Lip & Eye Remover Waterproof, 150 ml 17,000 KRW

3. Faceshop’s Herb Day Lip & Eye Remover [Waterproof]


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Faceshop’s waterproof makeup remover includes licorice extract that removes makeup seamlessly, hence the “herb” natural components in their name.  Non-irritating, non-stinging, and extremely gentle on the eyes and lips- this is a perfect for all skin types- but especially for sensitive ones, leaving your skin smooth, silky, and hydrated. Waterproof eye makeup and long-wearing lipsticks easily slide off with a single swipe, with no need to rub or press. This product is highly recommended, very affordable, and widely available.

Soak Insider Tip:  Make sure you shake well before using – the oil and water-based products needs to mix into an emulsion for it to be effective. A makeup essential for Soak Insiders.

Faceshop Herb Day Lip & Eye Remover [Waterproof], 130 ml 7,000 KRW

4. A’PIEU Mineral Lip and Eye Remover [Swartz] and [Omarine]



Raved about on Korea’s “Get It Beauty” show and getting consistent 5-star ratings online, the A’pieu Mineral Lip & Eye Makeup Removers is a water-based makeup remover that is friendly for heavy makeup users with sensitive skin.  They properly remove eye makeup while keeping it moisturized and supple.

This two-layer structure makeup remover contains mineral-rich thermal water and moisturizes the delicate eye area and lips. Infused with thermal water, flower and berry complexes, it is formulated to protect sensitive eyes and lips and prevents dryness after cleansing.

To Use: Shake well before use. Take a suitable amount on a cotton pad and place it where you wish to remove makeup, then gently wipe it off and rinse lightly with lukewarm water.

A’PIEU Mineral Lip and Eye Remover [Swartz] and [Omarine], 100 ml, 2,500 KRW each


5. Bbia Soft Gentle Lip and Eye Remover

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This hypoallergenic lip & eye remover gently wipes away the most stubborn waterproof makeup in one simple step. Formulated free of parabens, phenoxyethanol, animal ingredients, mineral oil, artificial flavor, artificial coloring, GMO, and benzophennone, this product prides itself for being cruelty-free and safe for sensitive skin. This gentle remover leaves your skin feeling clean & refreshed.

Bbia Soft Gentle Lip and Eye Remover, 100 ml 7,000 KRW

6. Aritaum 뽀오얀 미소 발표 Lip and Eye Remover

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Formulated with rice, beans, and barley, this natural makeup remover is one of the most popular products in Korea. Highly effective in removing waterproof makeup, it is gentle on the eyes and removes with no tugging or pulling on the skin. Free of mineral oil, sulfate, animal ingredients, and artificial coloring, it is a gentle product for sensitive skin.  Winning the Hwahye (#1 beauty review app in Korea) Beauty Award 2017, this product has both the potency and affordability that Koreans are looking for.

Aritaum 뽀오얀 미소 발표 Lip and Eye Remover, 120 ml 7,000 KRW

7. Skin Food Milk Shake Point Makeup Remover

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Skin Food is known to be a nature-focused K-beauty brand that believes that food is good for one’s health & skin. With that, they strive to make “delicious cosmetics” from “delicious foods,” formulating their skincare, makeup, hair and body products to retain as much of the original benefits of foods. This product is no different.

Formulated with banana and sweet almond seed extract to cleanse and moisturize skin, while milk protein is meant to smooth skin, this lip and eye makeup remover refreshes and hydrates skin as it cleanses. Enriched with milk nutrients, this gentle point makeup remover erases makeup on sensitive lip and eye areas without irritation, while nourishing and moisturizing with milk properties.

This dual-phase makeup remover wipes away even stubborn makeup from eyelids and lips. Beauty reviewers say the scent is nice and removes makeup completely without drying skin.

Soak Insider Tip: Shake like a milkshake before use.

Skin Food Milk Shake Point Makeup Remover, 160 ml 6,900 KRW

8. Bifesta Cleansing Eye Makeup Remover

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If some of Japan’s most popular imports make their way into several of the major drugstores here in Korea, Bifesta being one of them. Bifesta is a foreign brand in Korea but Koreans have tested and stamped their approval on this product.

This makeup remover, like the previously loved ones, thoroughly and easily removes waterproof makeup. It double-layered, with both water and oil layers, which contain effective yet hydrating cleansing ingredients. Users don’t need to worry about rubbing, as makeup is removed easily with one swipe. Ingredients include Vitamin B, E, hyaluronic acid, and eyelash-protecting ingredients.

Bifesta Cleansing Eye Makeup Remover, 145 ml 12,000 KRW


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