We’re just a few days away from the annual evening of ghosts, goblins and ghouls! And all throughout Canada, people are preparing to dress up in their most elaborate costumes in order to celebrate Halloween. It doesn’t matter if your plans are to party or to simply take the kids out for a night of trick or treating, Halloween provides a time when donning scary costumes is a fun part of the festivities.
For many people, this Friday will be a day when they apply a lot more make up to their faces than usual. There are countless costumes to choose from. Some will entail fake blood while others will require the pale look of a vampire. One thing is for sure. With a lot of extra make up being applied, extra care will need to be taken to keep our skin from suffering the consequences. What is the correct way to remove all of that elaborate face paint?
On WonderHowTo.com, Gabrielle Taylor writes that “every product has different ingredients, so the way you wash it off will differ from one to another. Some are as easy as washing your face, and others may require you to use something a little more potent than water.” So depending on the type of makeup you use on your face this Halloween, you may need to take special measures to wash it off without damaging your skin. Here are five tips.
1. Buy quality makeup. First things first, you don’t want to put any old gunk on your face. It’s important to not be tempted by buying the cheap stuff just to save a buck or two. On YourBeautyAdvisor.com, Lauren Stewart advises us to look at the ingredients of the makeup you buy. “Look for premium or organic face paints to allow your skin to breathe through the makeup and allow for easy removal,” she writes.
2. Read the label for instructions. Taylor agrees that it’s important to read the labels of the products that you are buying. Doing so will help you to find instructions on how to wash the makeup off of your face once your Halloween festivities have been completed. “If they tell you what to use on the bottle, that’s probably your best bet,” she advises, “But some of them don’t give you any hints as to what will remove that particular type of gunk from your skin.”
3. Moisturize before you apply. As with all regular skin care, keeping it fresh and hydrated is important. So before applying your Halloween makeup, be sure to moisturize your face really well. Stewart recommends that you also “apply a primer to protect your skin a little more from the heavy makeup. It will create a smooth surface as well to help you get the best look you can.” Don’t forget to reapply moisturizer once the makeup has been removed.
4. Try soap and water first. Using tried-and-true face washing methods should be your first approach to removing Halloween makeup. Taylor writes that you should always try soap and water first to see if they do the trick. If you have more stubborn parts of your face where soap and water don’t help from the removal of makeup, you may want to move on to using makeup remover or cleansing towelettes.
5. Use coconut, jojoba or baby oil. When all else fails, oil may be the way to go. “Oil adheres to oil,” declares Taylor, “so it’s one of the easiest and most natural ways to take off face paint. Most homemade makeup removers have an oil base. You can use any kind you happen to have lying around (even baby oil), but the best ones for your skin are coconut and jojoba oil.” She goes on to mention that lotions and even petroleum jelly can help with makeup removal as well.