Here Are The Best Ways To Remove Your Halloween Makeup

Here Are The Best Ways To Remove Your Halloween Makeup

Breakouts be damned, here's the right way to keep your complexion in check on the scariest night of the year.

Published October 24, 2017

With Halloween just days away, the need to find a costume is real. However, if you don’t want to shell out the cash on a full look, a little makeup can transform you into pretty much anything.

Sadly, the downside is a full face of makeup can be a pain to take off — and leave your complexion less than stellar. I mean, who wants their white sheets covered in face paint? We’ll wait…

When it comes to beating faces (and removing them), no-one does it better than Glamsquad Director of Artistry Kelli J. Bartlett, especially during the Halloween season. Read on for her expert advice:

  1. Pre-Makeup Prep:

    What goes on must come off, right? Well, if you want a seamless makeup application without much drama later, look no further than primer. Kelli rarely applies makeup without it.

    “To prep skin, pre-heavy duty makeup, definitely use a primer in order to prevent colorful makeup from staining the skin," she explains. “I love Make Up For Ever's Mattifying Primer. Use an Artis Oval 7 Brush to smooth primer through the center of the face and anywhere you will be applying the face paint.”

    (Photo: Sephora/Artis Brush)

    Buy It: Make Up For Ever's Mattifying Primer ($37) + Artis Oval 7 Brush ($62)

    Another culprit of breakouts are irritating ingredients. "Unlike cosmetics designed for daily use, costume makeup isn't designed necessarily with skin care in mind. The goal is to give heavy coverage and bold colors," Joshua Zeichner, the director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City told Allure.

    “Makeup may contain heavy oils that can cause breakouts, preservatives and fragrances that can cause allergies or irritation, or even heavy metals that can be harmful to the skin." Yikes!

    "Avoid it altogether if you have sensitive skin or are acne prone, as it can make both of these conditions worse," he says. When in doubt, it’s always better to seek out stage makeup versus costume makeup — the latter contains more FDA-approved ingredients.

  2. Messy GLITTER: 

    Listen sis, we want you to shine more than anyone else. But rocking glittery makeup can be a pain in the a**.

    "Glitter is tough to remove because of the teeny, tiny particles, and the secret to removal, is a roll of scotch tape!" explains Kelli. "Whether you're creating a strong, defined shape, or dealing with glitter fallout, tape will pick up the glitter without disturbing the makeup look."


    (Photo: Scotch Tape)

    "Make a couple of loops, slip them over your fingers like rings and pat lightly to remove. A clean and bare mascara wand can also be used to remove unwanted glitter," she adds.

    Buy It: Scotch Tape ($3)

  3. Heavy Duty FACE PAINT:

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    Nothing screams future breakout than a face full of paint. Thankfully, this is where double-cleansing comes into play.

    “To remove adhesives and oil-based paints, olive oil is the key! Saturate a cotton pad with olive oil and hold it on your skin for 10-15 seconds in order to break down hard-to-remove adhesives and oil-based paints," explains Kelli.

    (Photo from left: DHC, Erno Laszlo, Erno Laszlo)

    "Swipe to remove the oil and follow with a double cleanse using Erno Laszlo's Detoxifying Cleansing Oil followed by Erno Laszlo's Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar. The first step (oil) will dissolve impurities in makeup, and the second step (bar) will exfoliate and balance skin," she adds.

    Buy It: Erno Laszlo's Detoxifying Cleansing Oil ($58) + Erno Laszlo's Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar ($38)+ [Editor's Pick] DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($28)

Written by Brianna Allen

(Photo: Kaneshia Shana Makeup via Instagram)


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