A costume without scary, Halloween makeup to complement it isn’t complete. While the heavy face paint and fake blood can help make a great costume, it can also have a negative effect on your skin. If you aren’t careful, the makeup’s ingredients can clog your pores or give you an allergic reaction. Before piling on the glitter, fake blood and heavy makeup, follow these step-by-step instructions to avoid damaging your skin.

  1. Read the Ingredients: Even though it’s just for one night, it’s important to know what you’re putting all over your face. Halloween makeup has harsh ingredients intended to give you full coverage, but also likely to irritate your face. Before reaching for the cheapest makeup option, read the label to make sure what you’re wearing won’t have a negative reaction on your skin.
  2. Prep Your Face: Avoid putting any thick stage makeup on top of dirty skin or old makeup. Make sure you start with a bare face. First, apply moisturizer to keep the makeup from clogging your pores. You can also apply primer if you want your makeup to look more intense without negatively affecting your skin.
  3. Do a Spot Test: You read the ingredients and everything seems to look good. However, you can never be too careful. Before applying anything all over your face, it doesn’t hurt to do a spot test somewhere else on your body to see how your skin reacts to the product.
  4. Triple Wash Your Face: Halloween is finally over, and while you may be tempted to head to bed, don’t go to sleep before washing your face. Thoroughly remove all your makeup with your favorite cleanser. Then, use makeup remover to help get rid of any remaining makeup. Lastly, exfoliate with your cleanser again. You don’t want to wake up with a breakout!

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