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5 tips for using baby wipes to remove makeup

Carmen’s question:

I realize this is an icky revelation — but I frequently find myself too pooped at the end of the evening to properly wash my face. Sometimes I go to bed with my makeup still on, and I know that’s not good. I’m considering buying face wipes to at least take some of the grunge off before plunging into bed. But what about just using baby wipes? Aren’t they basically the same thing? They’re certainly cheaper!

The Right Brain’s Pampered Response:

Yes, Carmen, you can use baby wipes to remove makeup. Here are 5 things to think about before you baby your face:

1. Cost

Wow, what a difference! The cost of an average Baby Wipe = 5.5 cents each. Cost of an average Make Up Remover = 33 cents each

(For baby products we used the average cost of Tushies, Huggies, 7th Generation, and Pampers. For facial wipes we used Almay, Neutrogena, Chorane, and Comodynes facial wipes. Anyway you slice it, “baby” is cheaper.)

2. Cleansing ingredients

All the formulas we looked at (both baby and make up) use mild cleansers – nary a sulfate in sight. However, keep in mind that baby wipes are not built to remove the kind of heavy, waxy buildup you get with lipstick or some waterproof mascaras. (Then again, not everyone wears water proof mascara. Just to be safe, if you plan on removing eye make up, you should check with the manufacturer.) Based on looking at the formulas, it appears that the cleansing power varies by brand. Tushies, for example, appears to be very light cleansing.

3. Quality of the cloth

The texture of facial cloths and baby wipes are similar, but you might find the baby wipes are a bit big for facial use. (As with so many things in life, size does matter.) But that’s ok, folding isn’t against the law. Also, depending on the brand, you might find the baby wipes are too wet for your face.

4. Safe for skin

A hallmark of any good make up (or make up remover) is that it’s proven to be noncomedogenic. In other words, it doesn’t cause comedones, or black heads. We’ve never seen a baby wipe that makes this claim but it’s probably not a big deal. Oils are the types of ingredients that usually cause comedones and the baby wipe formulas we looked at don’t seem to contain a lot of those kind of ingredients.

5. Fragrance

If you use baby wipes to clean your face, you’ll probably find yourself smelling like baby lotion. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re trying send a subliminal message to your husband/significant other. If you catch our drift. Of course, you can also buy the unscented variety.

If you’re still not convinced you should use baby wipes, you can always buy some Almay Eye Makeup Remover pads here.


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  • Katelynn March 17, 2014, 12:20 am

    will it remove water proof mascara properly? I’m just wondering if I should switch from makeup wipes to huggies, but idk if it will properly take off water proof,

    • Randy Schueller March 17, 2014, 7:44 pm

      @Katelynn: There’s no way to tell how it will perform against any given formula just by looking at the ingredients. You’ll have to try it and see if it works to your satisfaction. Let us know what you think!

    • Sarah May 5, 2019, 8:28 pm

      They remove make-up just the same as a makeup wipe.

      I use baby wipes made for sensitive skin. I wear makeup almost daily and I use a combination of the make-up or sometimes (but not often) I will wear a full face of make-up which consists of: primer, foundation, concealer, setting power, mascara, eyeshadow, blush, eyeliner, brow pencil and highlight. I also use a waterproof mascara. Which I just loosen before removing a bit of product different ones I use can be an oil cleanser, a tiny bit of dove unscented baby lotion (which is now my absolute favorite lotion), coconut oil or baby oil applied with a q-tip. Sometimes if I am too lazy I will just loosen with a baby wipe held on my lashes for a few minutes. And it will just wipe off.

      First, I wipe the majority of my make-up off with a wipe, I use a second wipe to loosen mascara and remove the mascara and I will then use a third clean wipe to first use on/around my eyes to make sure I have removed all of the mascara and eyeliner. I will then use this to go over my face one last time to be sure all make-up has been removed. I am sure you can get away with using one or two, just depends on how much makeup you wear I suppose.I buy them in bulk. Its also a way to save a little because its a bit cheaper that way. Hope this helps some.

  • Cathyd September 7, 2014, 12:41 am

    My teen loves lots of black eyeliner and mascara and always had racoon eyes. I bought her the Makeup Eraser and loved it so much I started selling it!
    It is a super soft chemical free cloth that removes 100% of your makeup including waterproof with plain water! It is washable/reusable for 1000 washes so it keeps all of those wipes out of the landfill.
    if you want more information

    • Bennie Mesa May 5, 2020, 10:13 pm

      i use baby wipes first….then i follow through with a warm facial wash using dove sensitive skin bar of soap…. the wipes helps to get most of the gunk off…my warm wash ensures a clean face for the rest of my night time regime. Much faster for me cause otherwise id end up taking a dang shower without the wipes, lol.

  • Anndrea April 19, 2015, 9:06 am

    Just bought a 3pack of buggies fragrance, natural wipes !! They are way better then any make up remover wipes I’ve tried before! Make up artist recommended !!

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  • Aura July 22, 2015, 4:47 pm

    I just bought baby wipes to try this out! I figure that on the occasions where I do wear waterproof mascara (hello weddings!) I can always use a bit of gentle eye makeup cleanser (already have it) if the wipe doesn’t do the job on its own.

  • Vanessa Malao Nkumbula November 18, 2015, 10:16 am

    Ive been using Huggies with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for my face and I love it. Yes it does remove water proof mascara that well but, I think if its good enough for babies skin its good enough for me. It most certainly is cheaper.
    Reduced blackhead and slowly even out your skin. Its gentle on the skin as well (best for baby best for you I guess).

  • cat April 10, 2016, 5:12 am

    use some coconut oil on your face right on top of your makeup, then a baby wipe. ALL the makeup comes off and youre left with just enough oil to stay moisturized. 🙂

    • Tigger November 23, 2016, 11:11 am

      It may not be a good idea to use coconut oil on your face because it can break your skin out really bad and cause black marks.

      • Wanita March 7, 2017, 10:49 pm

        Coconut oil is actually great for your face. Ive been using it for years. No breakouts. Super soft skin. And very few wrinkles 🙂 And Im 41!

        • Cassandra Cary June 3, 2018, 4:55 am

          It may work for YOU but it’s a generalized statement to say “coconut oil is good for your face” because that’s not true for most. In fact there is very little evidence the coconut oil apply topically the skin has any benefits whatsoever.

  • Donna August 25, 2016, 9:17 am

    I use comfy bots baby wipes and they work like a charm it removes my make up so nice and so soft on my skin I’ve been using baby wipes since I starting wearing make up and I think that was when I was 16 and I’ve never uesd make up wipes no need to baby wipes all the way for me but everyone is different and baby wipes are so cheap an 80 pack of baby wipes last me so long I just love them

  • Kristen October 13, 2016, 2:08 pm

    I have been using Huggies Natural Care wipes to take my makeup off for weeks now and my face is so much happier, my breakouts have lessened and my face isn’t dry because they contain aloe. They are gentle and feel great and really do the job, I don’t wear heavy liner or mascara, if I did I may do an eye makeup removal routine in conjunction with these wipes. But other than that, I won’t use anything else ever again!!!

  • Val December 14, 2016, 10:48 pm

    Iv always used facial wipes, but recently ran out and used Pampers baby wipes instead. Iv actually found them better! I use the sensitive, no fragrance ones. They are thicker and bigger so I only need one, where sometimes I’d need two facial wipes. They take everything off, including waterproof mascara. They don’t leave my skin feeling tight as some facial wipes do…… and they are way cheaper! What’s not to love! If they are fine for a baby’s skin, they are fine for mine. I’ll be sticking with them!

  • Trixie May 26, 2017, 10:07 am

    You failed to mention that it is important to read the ingredients in baby wipes. Did you know that some products contain formaldehyde releasing agents (which is carcinogenic) and can causes reactions. So even if they say all natural, make sure they don’t contain agents such as methylisothiazol also know as MI.

  • Donna Chiappini February 26, 2018, 10:31 pm

    Let me add, I keep my Huggies for my face in the wipe warming container I got for my granddaughter. Once she outgrew diapers I now have it and I love my warm wipes for makeup removal.

  • Kate January 24, 2019, 12:23 am

    Great useful. I always prefer to use a disinfectant cleansing wipes to remove my makeup and this work better than baby wipes. Give a try and let you know the feedback.

  • Amna January 20, 2020, 11:56 am

    I found these wipes and they have been amazing baby wipes
    They cover her like a regular bib and then some. It protects her and her clothing so well. She doesn’t hate it because the material is soft so she can freely move her arms.
    Most importantly. It washes so well. We have hand washed in sink and also in the washing machine. Comes out perfect both ways and dries so quickly when you hang it. I just hang it on a magnetic hook on the side of my refrigerator. No odors. No stains. Tough material. I bought six bibs but I probably would have gotten away with three since they are so durable. I keep one in my diaper bag now, too.<3 <3
    I highly recommend these to any Mom who is starting solids with their baby. Starting solids can be such a pain because of the constant cleaning. Less mess, easy cleanup, and a happy baby!