Whether you’re planning to dress up as Harley Quinn, a zombie or a witch, a big part of the costume will be the makeup. While creative makeup can really make a costume, it can also be harsh on your skin. To avoid scary post-Halloween breakouts, here are some tricks and treats that will help to minimize the damage from thick, oily Halloween makeup.
- Don’t buy makeup at a Halloween store. Makeup kits mass marketed at big box stores and Halloween stores might be hypoallergenic, but not non-comedogenic, which means it can clog pores and cause breakouts. Instead, purchase professional or theatre makeup. While it may cost a little more, it will be less harsh on your skin and do less damage.
- Hydrate! Apply a creamier, heavier moisturizer the night and day before you apply the costume makeup. Excessive makeup will not dry out your skin if there’s a richly moisturized face underneath. Don’t forget when indulging in all of the sugary candy, alcohol and junk food at the Halloween party, to also drink lots of water to keep your skin hydrated from the inside out.
- Cleanse thoroughly. No matter how tired you are after the big costume party, do not go to sleep with that heavy Halloween makeup still on your face! Take time to thoroughly wash off all the makeup – this may take several rinses. Use a thick creamy, oily makeup remover or a product specially designed for removing stage makeup. Don’t forget to remove eye makeup as well with a gentle, non-oily eye makeup remover. After all traces of makeup are gone, be sure to moisturize your skin to repair the damage from drying, thick makeup.
This Halloween, have fun and be creative with your makeup tricks, just remember to also treat your skin well afterward!