Halloween is right around the corner and it’s that time of the year when we all dress up in our most creative costumes, bring out the wigs, the face paint and make our scary presence felt at Halloween parties and celebrations. To help you embrace the frightening festivities and get in the spooky spirit of Halloween, we decided to compile a few halloween skincare tips that allow you to commence with the creepy celebrations without harming your skin! And that’s not all, we’ve also put together a list of some features and properties that you should keep an eye out for in your products and makeup techniques while preparing your halloween look!
Without any further ado, let’s get into the best ways to get gruesomely good results from your halloween makeup and protect your skin from unpleasant side effects.
Safety Tips for Halloween Makeup & Skincare
- Perform a skin test for ALL new products, well in advance. The importance of this cannot be overstated. A skin test involves using a small amount of the skincare or makeup product on a spot on your skin and waiting for a minimum of 24 hours and observing your skin for any sudden reactions before using the product in generous quantities. This helps you confirm that the products are suitable for your skin type and will not result in allergic reactions such as rashes, burning, boils etc. The eccentric colors, face and body paints and makeup associated with halloween is usually much stronger than your average makeup products and can have strong side effects.
- Don’t use liquid latex near your eyes. The substance is commonly found in body paint used for depiction of blood and wounds. While these can be used safely on the arms, legs etc, the adhesive contains ammonia and has strong vapors that can irritate the eyes badly.
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- Make sure your face paints are FDA certified. Speaking of the eyes, your face contains other opening and sensitive regions like the mouth, ears and nostrils. Take extra precautions while applying makeup on your face and only use products that are FDA certified and meet the required safety standards.
- Do not mix different types of makeup together. You won’t get the color and look you want and worse it’s guaranteed to be extra harsh on your skin and all the more difficult to get rid of.
- Avoid applying your halloween makeup close to open flame or extra bright lights. The heat can cause the makeup to disintegrate and stick to your skin, causing instant reactions and discomfort.
Halloween is supposed to be fun though and it’s not a lot of fun to keep being told what not to do. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered, here are some tips that will help you perfect the perilous appearance you’re looking for!
Skincare & Makeup Tips For Halloween
- Start with the face. Make sure your face is clean, using cold water is excellent for opening up pores. Use an anti-oil cleanser or face wash to remove excess oil from your skin.
- Apply a thin layer of vaseline on your face. This makes removing makeup much easier. Face paints in particular are notorious for being difficult to get rid of.
- Use spirit gum based products for your face, while recreating scars or wounds on your face. Make sure your face is clean.
- Conversely, latex gum is better suited for arms, legs etc. Latex gum is better for creating unusual textures such as replicating rotting skin or large scars.
- Standard makeup brushes are good for smooth textures. For rougher and more unusual skin textures (think zombies!) use a rough sponge instead.
- Make sure you apply thin coats of makeup. Carefully applied makeup works much better than thick layers of carelessly applied makeup.
- Ensure each layer of paint or makeup has dried completely before moving to the next layer. You can speed up the process by using a hairdryer set to ‘cold air’.
- Do your makeup in a bright and well lit room. Good lightning helps you see what you’re doing and pay attention to detail.
- Sweat can ruin your makeup. Plan your makeup accordingly. Baby powder is a cheap and effective way to protect your makeup and prevent the appearance from wearing off.
- Halloween falls during winters. A common mistake is finishing your makeup before putting your warm sweater, pullovers and overcoats on, ruining it in the process. Plan smartly and wear your warm outer layers before you do your makeup.
Hopefully these tips and tricks on avoiding Halloween skin problems will make the celebration a real treat for all of you!