Halloween is the best time to be creative with your costume and makeup. Instead of using masks, you can stick to Halloween makeup instead. But although it can be fun to use Halloween makeup, it’s not so great for your skin. If you’re not careful, face paints and thick makeup can cause allergic reactions or breakouts.
Fortunately, you can follow a skincare routine to avoid skin issues during Halloween. Follow these tips to have an enjoyable Halloween:
Remove Unnecessary Body and Facial Hair
If you’re going to paint your body, consider getting hair removed on most parts where you’ll apply makeup. Undergoing professional laser hair removal treatments is the perfect way to have flawless, hairless skin for Halloween. When hair is removed, you can apply makeup better.
Cleanse and Exfoliate Your Face
Before applying makeup on your face, prep properly. Your skincare routine should start with thorough cleansing and exfoliation.
Makeup is often applied in heavy layers during Halloween. Unfortunately, you can apply makeup on top of clogged pores, oil, bacteria, and dead skin on your face. If you wash your face though, you can remove all of this. Make sure to use a facial cleanser that is appropriate for your skin type. If you have sensitive skin, use a mild cleanser or gentle soap.
Follow cleansing with exfoliation. It allows your skin to become smooth, resulting in an incomparable glow. Plus, it’s easier to apply makeup on exfoliated skin.
When choosing the right exfoliating agent, you can use an exfoliating wash or cream. An exfoliating wash acts as a cleanser. You have to apply and wash it after. For creams, you simply have to put them on and wait for a few minutes before removing them with an exfoliating tool. Alternatively, you can simply wipe them off.
Avoid using scrubs and peels. You can harm your skin if you use these products. Choose an enzymatic exfoliant that has ficain, papain, or bromelain. They’re good for sensitive skin, too.
Do a Spot Test First
Next, apply a small amount of makeup on a spot on your hand to test if your skin will react. If the spot doesn’t become irritated, the makeup you’ll use is safe.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, there are some ingredients in makeup that can cause breakouts, rashes, and allergic reactions. Doing a test spot, therefore, is important especially if you’re going to use the same makeup for your kids. And, if you wait until the day of application, you can worsen the effect of bad makeup when your skin is already covered in costume.
Hydrate Your Skin
Next, moisturize your skin to prevent it from drying. Makeup often has chemicals that can cause the skin to dry. When your skin dries up under heavy makeup, your makeup will start to peel off.
Use a hydrating, but light moisturizer to avoid an oily makeup base. Put a small amount on a finger and dab it on a specific area on your face. Repeat the process until your face is fully moisturized.
If your skin is prone to acne, use a non-comedogenic moisturizer. It is specially formulated to avoid skin pores from being blocked by substances.
Apply a Primer
You should apply a primer before putting on makeup. It provides a perfect base for the application of makeup and, it protects your skin from harsh chemicals found on makeup.
To protect your skin, a primer acts as a barrier between your skin and makeup. With this barrier, makeup can easily glide on your face and even stay on longer. Allure suggested using a non-silicone-based, light primer.
After all the parties, make sure to clean your face before going to bed. Sleeping with your Halloween makeup still on can damage your skin. Heavy makeup can cause intense breakouts leading to scarring.
The challenge is removing heavy makeup. You need to use the right makeup remover.
First, do a routine cleansing using your facial cleanser. Dry off your skin completely and then apply an oil-based makeup remover. It is the best kind of product to remove stubborn makeup. Never use makeup wipes because they may contain alcohol that’s harmful to your skin.
If you used false eyelashes or any stick-on embellishments, don’t pull them off. Apply an adhesive remover appropriate for the skin. It can help false eyelashes and embellishments easily come off when applied.
After removing makeup, fake eyelashes, and embellishments, moisturize your skin to make it feel refreshed.
Start your Halloween preparations now. Get the right kind of products ready. Keep these tips in mind to keep your skin ready for Halloween.