Step 1: Use a Cleansing Balm
The first step in double cleansing requires an oil-based cleanser to wash away (you guessed it) oil-based substances such as makeup, sunscreen, and sebum. That might involve a literal oil, but a cleansing balm gets the job done with less mess. The e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm ($10) is a solid balm that melts into a rich oil texture when you massage it into skin; it's loaded with hyaluronic acid for moisture, ceramides to support the skin barrier, and peptides to help refresh the complexion.
You'll only need about a dime-size amount of balm for this step. Scoop out the balm, then massage it into your skin using your fingers. Once you've massaged your entire face, wet your fingers and continue to massage in circular motions. Now, you'll start to see the makeup and dirt come up. When you're ready, rinse with water or gently press a warm, damp washcloth into your face until it's clean.