What’s the scariest thing about Halloween?
Your face the morning after that fun Halloween party!
That may sound like I’m kidding but in reality, all that merriment may result in days of red, irritated skin, breakouts or even allergic reactions to Halloween make-up.
So, how can you protect your skin before, during and after Halloween parties?
Here are some tried and true tips to help you get the most fun out of your celebrations, without damaging your skin.
Before You Buy or Apply – Follow These 5 Tips!
Take it from someone who worked in theater, it’s worth caring for your skin and protecting it before and after applying Halloween make-up. Here are 5 things to consider:
- The worst thing for your skin is the cheap, creamy makeup found at your local drug store. We recommend that you “just say no.”
- Take time to look for a local costume/theater supply store that carries high quality stage makeup. Buy the best quality you can afford. Your skin will thank you later!
- Do a patch test. Costume makeup, uses different pigments and oils. As soon as possible, test your makeup on the skin of your arm to see if there is a reaction. Leave it on for a couple of hours and remove.
- Don’t forget to check glue! If you are using latex or glue, make sure you test those too. You may have an unknown latex allergy, or reaction to the glue. The rule is that if you haven’t had it on your skin before – you need to test it.
- When designing your look, avoid red dyes as much as possible. They cause the most reactions in your skin.
How to protect your skin from the aftermath of Halloween makeup? And a story….
Ultimately, the best Halloween costume relies on your glowing ultra-moisturized skin. Like your daily make-up routine, it is important to have healthy, moisturized skin under your “spooky” face.
I remember a year when I was creating dead looking skin. The vampire I was creating was not one that was sexy and attractive, but rather a scary one that had been in the ground for a few days. It involved creating layers of liquid latex, the stuff used to create scars and uneven skin tone. Building it up over many layers created the appearance of skin shredding away…fun, huh?
The makeup and costume were a scary hit at the dance, but that evening, I realized I had totally forgotten to prepare for makeup removal afterwards! I neglected to purchase the latex to remove the multiple make-up layers caked on my skin. I had also made a serious error by not priming or protecting my skin prior to makeup application. I did my best, but I was tired, and the next day I woke to see a blotchy beet-red face - a truly scary sight. Lesson learned!
Here are some additional tips to get your skin “Halloween ready!”
- The day before your Halloween makeup is applied, exfoliate skin. It’s a good idea to exfoliate again the day after the party, to remove dead skin. Follow with a moisturizing mask or deeply hydrating oil like Marula Oil.
- Before putting on Halloween make-up, protect your skin by applying a primer or a rich moisturizer. This will create a barrier between your skin and the makeup.
- Don’t forget the under-eye area!
- And finally, don’t go to bed, no matter how tired you are, without fully cleansing your face. If using oil based makeup, use oil based remover. Single oil like Jojoba may also be used. Gently rub the makeup off with the oil, and then press a hot, steamy cloth to your face. You may have to do this twice. Follow with your usual cleanser. Use toner to make sure your face is clean, and finish with a good moisturizer or night cream.
The key to Halloween-proof skin? Just like you don’t skimp on your daily skin care, don’t skimp on your Halloween make up routine.
Follow these tips, and you won’t scare yourself in the mirror, and you may actually look more like you just had a facial!! Have fun, and Happy Halloween!
Bye for now,
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