So you wore a full face of makeup last night and then broke the one cardinal rule: you didn't take it off before going to sleep! Maybe you were busy partying the night away or you just snoozed off while watching Netflix and then were too tired to take it off. Whatever the reason, we've all been there. We're not here to judge but if you don't act quickly, your skin is going to suffer the consequences. Your skin routine the next morning will be essential to prevent, or at least minimize, a breakout. Here's what you should make sure to do after falling asleep in your makeup.


Deep clean your face

By the time you wake up, your makeup will have been sitting on your skin for a whole night, rubbing up against your pillows and bed sheets meaning that come morning, all that makeup and dirt will have sunk deep into your pores and will need some serious cleansing to remove. Double cleansing is your best bet for getting into those pores and giving them the deep cleaning they really need. To double cleanse, start with a cleansing oil on dry skin and then use a gentle cleanser to wash it off.


Micellar water

Micellar water finds and breaks down even the toughest skin impurities so after double cleansing, pour some on a cotton pad and give your face one final wipe down. It might be tempting to scrub as hard as you can or follow up with a hard exfoliant but resist the urge to do so! While it's important to remove every bit of that day-old makeup from your face, your skin is going to be irritated enough as it is. The last thing you need to do is irritate it more by overly scrubbing.



Normally, your skin uses the time you're sleeping to recover and replenish itself for the next day but it's not able to do that when it's covered in makeup the whole night. Because your skin wasn't able to get the beauty sleep it needs, you'll need to give it all the help and nourishment it can get in the morning. After cleansing, a face mask is a must. The best option will be one that can provide hydration and anti-inflammatory nutrients to soothe and replenish your skin. Check out this simple DIY face mask:


Balance & seal

Leaving makeup on for so long creates a chance for your skin's pH to get thrown out of whack so to restore it, follow up with a balancing toner after the face mask. In order to get the most out of your products, the last step in your regime should be a moisturizer to seal them into your skin. The more hydrating it is, the better for your skin to help absorb and maintain all the nutrients you've just applied.


Wash your sheets

Just because your skin routine is done, doesn't mean you're all set now. After sleeping in makeup, your bed and pillow sheets are going to be covered in its residue so it's a good idea to throw them in the wash before the next night. Otherwise, you'll just be exposing your skin to those impurities all over again and that's the last thing you want. Make sure to skip the fabric softener too since it can be a skin irritant.


Let your skin rest

After everything your face has been through since the night before, the best thing you can do after your morning skin routine is…nothing. Don't apply makeup or products that will clog your pores for the rest of the day. You can follow up the next night with a hydrating overnight mask to give it an extra boost of nourishment but cap your recovery routine at that so your skin has a chance to breathe and replenish itself.


While we all know that sleeping in your makeup is bad for your skin, this morning routine will mean you don't need to wake up in a complete panic. Just remember to follow these steps and throw some makeup wipes in your nightstand so that even on your laziest or craziest nights, you can sleep with a fresh face and you won't need to repeat this routine again.