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Trend Alert: Makeup Remover Wipes Are Having a Moment

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The beauty industry has made it clear that we all need countless products and complicated skin-care routines if we want avoid looking like a wrinkled prune by the time we're 30. So it's with some surprise that we note the makeup remover wipe trend.

An alternative to a multi-bottle skincare regime, these towelettes claim to cleanse, hydrate, and improve skin tone, all without the messy business of actually having to use water. And practically every beauty brand worth their salt is making them now. Do they work as well as regular cleaners? Check out eight of our favorites, and you be the judge.—Cleo Zancope

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