In all honesty, I think it's crucial to have a gentle yet effective makeup remover as your first step of the night regime. And then dive in with your usual facial wash. This will insure that you actually remove every trace of your make up and thoroughly cleanse your face before applying any topical treatment or cream. And a good cleansing oil/balm is really the easiest and fastest way to remove a big bulk if not every bit of makeup from your face.
I've tried countless amount of makeup removers in the past. From cleansing wipes to cleansing waters, from high end to drug store, from British to French, this body shop one really is the best I've ever came across. It's very gentle on the skin and sting-free on the eyes and its smooth texture feels very comfortable and luxurious on the face. All you need to do is too squirt one or two bumps into your hand and massage it onto your face for a short minute or two then remove it either with a flannel or just rinse it off with water.
The cleansing oil cost a bit more than a tenner and lasts for a good few months. Let me know if you've tried this product and what's your favourite make up removers.