You fell asleep with your makeup on? Here is how to fix the damage.

We all know how bad it is to sleep with our makeup on. We all know it and try our best not to do it (right?). We diligently take the layers we’ve put on some 10 (or more, I am not the one to judge) hours earlier – oil cleansers, foaming cleansers, makeup wipes, micellar waters and so on, and so forth. I feel as if every time I read a beauty/health post about whatever, I always see the mantra written somewhere – never sleep with you makeup on.

But it happens. Rarely, but it does.

I used to be so bad at taking off my makeup. That was until some 3-4 years ago, when I would mainly wear concealer and mascara and just wouldn’t take them off at the end of the day, since they had mostly wiped off. I would usually take them off in the morning with my morning cleanse. Horrible, I know. I feel damn lucky I did not wreak more havoc on my skin (and that I still have my lashes on), but the situation was nowhere to perfect. Since then, I can count the times I have slept in my makeup on one of my hands. It is my religion to always take it off at the end of the day.


Всички знаем колкото е важно да не си лягаме гримирани. Всички го знаем и даваме всичко от себе си, за да не се случва (нали?). Старателно махаме пластовете, които сме сложили преди 10 или повече (не съдя никого!) часа – олиа, почистващи пяни, мокри кърпички, мицеларни води и така нататък. Имам чувството, че всеки път, в който попадна на статия за красота или здраве, мантрата винаги я има написана някъде – никога не си лягай с грим.

Но се случва. Рядко, но все пак се.

Допреди 3-4 години не си махах грима редовно. Тогава носех главно коректор и спирала и просто не виждах смисъл да ги махам всяка вечер, след като в поечето случаи се бяха изтрили от лицето ми. Най-често ги махах на сутрешното почистване на лицето ми. Ужасно, знам. Чувствам се страшна късметлийка, че кожата ми не се е побъркала (и че все още имам мигли), но ситуацията не беше перфектна изобщо. От тогава мога да преброя на едната си ръка пътите, в които съм спала с грим. Да си махам грима всяка вечер се е превърнало в моята религия.

help, i fell asleep with my makeup

Photo by Logan Nolin on Unsplash; edited by The December Dame

А few days back I was so exhausted I fell asleep on the sofa. I have no idea when that happened, I only remember my boyfriend trying to wake me up and not succeeding (the next day he told me he tried multiple times). The first thing I did in the morning was to do the following things:

1. Double cleanse. I don’t usually double cleanse, but this is be the best time to do it. First go in with something oilier like the Clinique Take the Day off, and then proceed with using a water-based face wash, like the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

2. Deep cleaning mask. This is the best time to take out that clay mask you have laying around. It is going to pull out all of those nasty stuff that have gotten in your pores. Try the cult-favourite Origins Active Charcoal mask or its budget-proof dupe, and a favourite of mine, L’Oreal Pure Clay detox mask!

3. Follow up with a hydrating mask. This is going to restore your skin’s balance, which has been ruined by mixing your natural sebum and your makeup. A great option is a hydrating sheet mask, or the Uriage AquaPRĒCIS hydrating mask, which you can leave as much as you like (I’ve gone overnight and it does wonders in hydrating your skin!) Or you can just use some honey if you don’t have any hydrating mask laying around!

4. Go barefaced for the rest of the day. If it is possible – go barefaced with only a nice moisturiser on, or at least bring your makeup of the day to a minimum. When you have overworked yourself you need to rest, right? Give your skin a rest as it has overworked itself trying to fight all of that makeup. You can take a look at my 5-minute makeup post.


What do you do when you fall asleep with your makeup on?


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  1. The next step is multi-masking (remember my post about it here ?) I have combination skin, so this solution works best for me, however, if you have acne prone skin- I’d recommend going straight to a purifying clay mask ( like this one here! ) I put on this brightening mask ( check it out here ) on the areas where I’m not too oily to bring back some radiance to my skin. If I sleep with my makeup on, it’s almost guaranteed that I’ll break out, so I’ll grab this detox mask and put it in the areas that I’m most pimple-prone, which is my t-zone.

    1. That’s great approach! Thanks for commenting!

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