Halloween means parties, and Halloween parties mean wearing scary makeup – makeup that can be even scarier to remove.
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The Huffington Post recently interviewed professional theater makeup artists for their tips on how best to remove Halloween makeup that served as an essential part of your holiday party costume.
Here are some tips on Halloween makeup:
- Know the type of Halloween makeup you are wearing. Most people shop at Halloween stores and buy the products they think they need – but don’t bother reading the instructions. Many people mix Halloween makeup with their usual makeup. Others share makeup. Many don’t know whether they have applied grease, cream-based or rubber products. Experts suggest water-based makeup designed for use on the skin rather than grease-based or cream-based products. You can easily remove water-based makeup with warm water.
- Be sure to have the correct makeup remover for the makeup you put on. Before you hit the costume shop, research the type of makeup you want for a better understanding on how to remove it. Body colors including green, red and dark blue can stain. You may be able to remove it, but your skin may end up with a yellowish tint.
- Have plenty of cotton balls, gauze pads, Q-Tips, cold creams and facial wipes. If you’re wearing a prosthetic for Halloween – think bald caps, fake noses, moles and ears – they usually are applied with some kind of adhesive. So have adhesive remover ready!
- Don’t start makeup removal with baby oil. Soap, shampoo and shaving cream used with water is the best first step. You can use baby oil to wipe away residue.
- To remove fake facial hair and prosthetics, use olive oil, almond oil or coconut oil. Begin by rubbing an oil-soaked Q-tip on the underside of a loose edge of your prosthetic. Then work oil between the skin and the prosthetic until it’s off. Do NOT just rip off a false body part or fake facial hair. It hurts! And it can harm your skin.
- If you want to remove cream-based products, opt for cold cream. Use a scoop and massage it on top of your skin. Then wipe away makeup with a warm wash cloth. You also can use a foaming cleanser to remove residue.
- Moisturize skin after you remove Halloween makeup to avoid irritation. To decrease your risk of skin irritation, breakouts or redness, prepare your body and face before you apply paint. Be sure your makeup is applied to clean and dry skin. Don’t paint over open wounds or rashes.
Halloween is a fun time of year and the right makeup can make the experience even more fun for you and your family.
But remember to be careful when removing Halloween makeup.
And from all of us at Dermatology Associates, Happy Halloween!