Mika
December 25, 2018 11:11 am
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The holiday season is officially here, which means we get to have fun creating all of the many festive makeup looks that we can conjure up.

Holiday makeup is great. Removing holiday makeup, especially when there’s a ton of glitter of bold red lips involved? Not so great. Many makeup removers can leave even the oiliest of skin feeling dry and irritated. So, how do you get around it? The answer is cleansing balms.

Compared to traditional makeup removers like cleansers and wipes, solid cleansing balms transform into gentle cleansing oils that remove all traces of makeup with less work and stress on your skin. (Plus, they’re better for the environment than wipes.) If you’re planning on creating some killer Christmas and New Year’s makeup looks and want to keep you skin in tip-top shape, these 19 cleansing balms that will remove all that face beat while leave your skin hydrated and glowing.

1Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Meltaway Cleansing Balm

Sephora

This gentle balm erases all traces of your makeup while papaya extract natural exfoliates your skin for a renewed complexion.

2Estee Lauder Advanced Night Micro Cleansing Balm

Sephora

Infused with lavender and chamomile, this balm is heaven-sent for even the most sensitive skin. Use it alone or just to remove makeup before cleansing with a face wash.

3Nyakio Sweet Almond Cleansing Oil Balm

Ulta

Sweet almond oil from almonds sourced out of Spain break down your makeup leaving your skin radiant.

4Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

If your dry skin is suffering from removing all of your holiday makeup, gift this balm to you from you.

5IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Makeup 3-in-1 Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm

Sephora

Give your skin the best of three worlds with this 3-in-1 makeup remover, cleanser, and anti-aging serum.

6Sunday Riley Blue Moon Tranquility Cleansing Balm

Sephora

This sugar-based balm is just the sweet treat that your skin wants and needs. Vanilla and sweet orange help you relax so you’ll feel like you’re getting the ultimate spa treatment from the comfort of your own home.

7Charlotte Tilbury Multi-Miracle Glow Cleansing Balm

Sephora
$60 Charlotte Tilbury SHOP IT Opens a new window

If the stress of the holiday season is wreaking havoc on your skin, this multi-action balm will help save it. Good news—it doubles as a face mask so your dry skin will be merry.

8Sephora Collection Cleansing Oil In Balm

Sephora
$18 original price Sephora Collection SHOP IT Opens a new window

Even waterproof makeup is no match for this balm. Made from jasmine, mimosa and rose wax, it will overwhelm your skin with joy throughout the holidays.

9Beautycounter Cleansing Balm

Beautycounter

This cleansing balm is the gift that keeps on giving. It includes a super soft muslin cloth to wipe away all traces of your festive makeup while vitamin C helps to boost your overall complexion.

10Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm

Ulta

Let this powerful cleanser do all the work while you reap all of the many skin benefits.

11Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Balm Stick

Ulta

If you plan on being on the move this holiday season, this travel-friendly cleansing stick is perfect for the road.

12Shea Moisture Green Coconut & Activated Charcoal Purifying & Hydrating Cleansing Balm

Ulta
$10.99 Shea Moisture SHOP IT Opens a new window

Activated charcoal in this formula draws out impurities and excess oil while green coconut nourishes and hydrates your skin.

13Pond’s Cold Cream Cleansing Balm

Target

Even the heaviest of holiday makeup will be easily removed with this moisturizing balm.

14Yes To Coconut Oil Cleansing Balm

Target

This balm is 98% natural and comes with reusable coconut-infused sponges for easy mess-free application.

15Boscia Charcoal Makeup Melter Cleansing Oil-Balm

Sephora

This dermatologist-tested charcoal balm is gentle yet effective for use on all skin types.

16Skinny & Co. Calming Facial Cleansing Balm

Skinny & Co.
$24.95 Skinny & Co SHOP IT Opens a new window

Blended with some of nature’s best essential oils, this calming balm is perfect for oily, acne-prone skin. Yes, those of us with oily skin can use cleansing balms, too.

17Pixi Skintreats Nourishing Cleansing Balm

Target
$20 Pixi Skintreats SHOP IT Opens a new window

Use this balm day or night to remove makeup or to just simply cleanse your way to glowing skin.

18The Creme Shop Clarifying  Charcoal Melt Away 3-in-1 Cleansing Balm

The Creme Shop
$20 The Creme Shop SHOP IT Opens a new window

As the name suggests, this clarifying balm melts away makeup and prevents you skin from breakouts thanks to the toxin-drawing properties of charcoal.

19Physicians Formula The Perfect Match 3-in-1 Melting Cleansing Balm

Physician's Formula
$12.95 Physician's Formula SHOP IT Opens a new window

The matcha green tea in this cleansing balm will give your skin the ultimate boost it needs to get through the holidays and the New Year.

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