I’ve never had doubts that pizza couldsolve most of my problems. It has comforted me in the worst of moods, quietedmy growling stomach when it looked like there was no food in site, and evenresolved conflict. So when an editor at Seventeenused pizzagrease to remove makeup, I was intrigued, to say the least. Since I’ve counted on pizza for so much before, I knew I had to give this greasy experiment a go.
As crazy as the whole process seems at first, it actually isn’t all that surprising to hear pizza grease would break down makeup. The grease used by Seventeen‘s Kelsey Stiegman wasactually from the pepperoni on her slice, rather than the dough or cheese. Using a pig by-product on your skin isn’t a new idea: People have claimedthat pork lard can actually reduce the appearance of a pimple and moisturizedry skin. It makes sense that animal fatwould be an easy choice for removing makeup if one is already eating anomnivore and if you consider that there are a lot of animalproducts in skin care and makeup as it is: Tallow (from beef fat), gelatin (various collagen from animals), and lanolin (wool fat) are all commoningredients found in makeup.
I’m not a meat eater, so with all this in mind, I was curious tosee if vegetarian-friendly pizza grease could actually remove makeup or if it was in fact the actof a familiar, naturalremedy like animal fat, that was actually taking off stubborn lipstick. Here’show my experiment went down.
1. My Lipstick Of Choice
I can’t get enough of Lime CrimeVelvetines “Wicked” shade of red, but I can certainly use some helpgetting it off at night. A layer of this heavily pigmented vegan lipstick seemed to be the best way to test out my makeupremoving pizza: I keptit on for hours before letting pizza work its magic.
2. Choosing My Pizza
As a vegetarian, I knew it would be afreezing, sub-zero temperature in hell before I put pepperoni grease on mylips, so I went with a classic cheese slice to see how my beloved pizza heldup. Fortunately, there is no shortage of greasy pizza slices in myneighborhood. I decided to choose grease-level over taste for myexperiment, knowing that I’d pretty much eat any slice of pizza regardless ofhow good it was. After all, this would be my reward for testing a slightly grossmakeup remover.
3. Applying Pizza Grease
Directly putting the pizza on my lipsseemed a little extra, so I dabbed a cotton swab on the slice, making sure Icollected enough grease to completely soak one side and fully covered my lipsin the grease.
I had to be careful not to get cheese and sauce on the swab by lightly dabbing all over the slice.
4. Lipstick & Pizza Stained Lips
No stranger to Lime Crime’s awesome color stay power, I tried my best not to smear the lipstick and grease all over my mouth and keep it just on my puckers.
The first swipe with the greasy cottonswab undoubtedly removed makeup, but it took a few more times to actually seemy lipstick start to disappear.
As you can see, I’m not totally impressed atthe results shown on my bottom lip. Oddly, my lips felt extra dry after the greasy makeup remover.
5. Comparing With Natural Makeup Remover
Even after I smothered my mouth with grease, there was still lipstick on my bottomlip. Like I said, this lipstick is particularly pigmented. I decided to use my usual trusty make-up remover: ahomemade blend of rose water, coconut oil, vodka, and grapeseed oil to try to get the rest of it off.
6. Overall Results
I hadn’t removed any of the lipstick on my top lip and left my bottom covered in pizza grease before using my trusty homemade makeup remover.
As you can see, the top lip which I useda natural makeup remover of plant-based fats is nearly lipstick-free.
It onlytook two swipes of the cotton swab to completely remove my makeup and I cleanedup the lipstick and remover around my mouth with a dry cotton swab. The bottom, pizza-soaked lip still had a ways to go.
7. Saying No Thanks to Pizza Grease
Since I wasn’t in love with the greasy results, and since dermatologist Jeannette Graf, MD told Refinery29 that pizza grease can definitely cause breakouts, I don’t think this is an experiment I’ll be trying again anytime soon.
However, I’m happy to know there is an inexpensiveway to remove even the most stubborn lipstick if I happen to be without anyplant-based oils and fats and the only thing available is pizza grease. But fornow? I’m sticking with natural makeup removers until that post-apocalypticworld where only pizza exists comes to fruition.
Image: Kristin Collins Jackson (14)