12 Cleansing Oils That'll Conquer Your Most Stubborn Makeup

That mascara doesn't stand a chance.

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You know how it goes. You put on a killer face of makeup—full-coverage foundationwaterproof mascara, false eyelashes, the works—and hit the town, blissfully in the moment. Fast forward to a few hours later, and you realize that before you settle in for the night, there's one thing you must do to keep your pillows clean and your complexion clear. You have to take alllllll that makeup you worked so hard to apply off. And if you've tried a few cleansers in your day, much like we have, you'll know that some are just not up to the task. Either they're too weak and leave sooty streaks of mascara all over your face, or they're too aggressive and they leave you with skin that feels tight and bone-dry. That's why we're here to share the one product that gets the job done but still leaves you with supple skin: a cleansing oil.

What does a cleansing oil do?

Cleansing oils straddle that fine line of clearing away unwanted makeup, sebum, and impurities without stripping the skin of its natural oils and hydration. And even if you have oily skin, you should still give them a shot: purifying the skin without drying it out can actually help control sebum production, so your T-zone can find more balance. Cleansing oils are not all created equal, though, and some of them just stand out amongst the pack. Here, we've rounded up the best cleansing oils for removing makeup and perfecting your complexion, for every skin type. Go forth and cleanse.

Taylore Glynn
Taylore Glynn

Taylore Glynn is the Beauty and Health Editor at Marie Claire, covering skincare, makeup, fragrance, wellness, and more. If you need her, she’s probably roasting a chicken, flying solo at the movies, or drinking a bad Negroni at JFK.