Every Top Makeup Artist Is Obsessed With This New Sustainable Makeup Remover


Lisa Aharon

I think I speak for more than just myself when I say that my least favourite part about being a makeup-wearing human is not putting the stuff on, but taking it off. Like someone who loves to cook but hates doing the dishes afterward, I will giddily load up my face with foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, highlighter, the works, but when the end of the night arrives and it's time to erase it all, I'm flooded with dread. Most of my frustration stems from the fact that thoroughly removing my face makeup is a time-consuming task, requiring intensive combinations of cleansing oils, gel cleansers, and makeup wipes to have any hope of getting all the gunk out of my pores. Not to mention I am ethically in conflict with all the disposable pads and wipes the process requires. I'm ashamed to admit this, especially as a beauty editor, but as a result, there's at least one night out of every week when I say screw it and go to bed without taking my makeup off at all. Yes, I feel you cringing at me, and yes, I deserve it.

So last year, when this Australian-made reusable makeup-removing pad called Face Halo hit Byrdie HQ, I was deeply intrigued. Face Halo, which comes in a pack of three, is this incredibly absorbent plush pad that you just soak in regular tap water, and then glide over your face to remove your makeup. The pads are made of a special high-performance, ultra-fine form of a microfibre (HaloTech Fibre, the brand calls it), which was designed specifically to pick up makeup and dirt from human faces—pores, crevices, and all. The original Face Halo has a white surface, which allows you to see how well it's working because it quickly becomes totally covered in makeup. Once the pads get totally dirty, after two uses or so each, you just throw them in the washing machine along with the rest of your laundry and are then free to use them again, good as new.