With Halloween right around the corner, it’s time to get ready for a candy-crazed day filled with countless zombies, Elsas, Harley Quinns, and of course, superheroes. Halloween is one of those holidays where everyone dons the awesome, albeit heavy, makeup that completes the whole costume ensemble that makes for a fun and entertaining evening, for both children and adults. However, with all the caked on makeup comes the potential for skin care nightmares following this day. Prevent a post-Halloween skin hangover with some easy tips on how to keep your face from looking positively ghastly. Here are some (mostly) Do’s and Don’ts of Halloween makeup and skin care!
Do: Take care of your skin before all the makeup is applied, particularly making sure that your face is properly moisturized. Keeping your skin well hydrated and in good shape before all that Halloween makeup and sugar induced madness will help prevent or reduce any problems once the day is over. For this bout of hydrating goodness, try out Holika Holika’s 3 Seconds Starter (Hyaluronic Acid). Immediately after cleansing, apply this lightweight gel moisturizer and it will help boost the moisture level in your skin, leaving you with a soft, smooth, and refreshed face. It’s a great way to pre-start the makeup process!
Do: Use a primer before all that makeup! To get your makeup to apply on smoothly and lasting longer, it’s always a good idea to use a primer prior to all the makeup to come. A primer can also provide a shielding, protecting layer for your skin and typically takes care of pores so that your makeup looks smooth and even without clogging up those darn pores. For this job, we recommend using TONYMOLY Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm, a skin caring primer. This velvety soft balm evens out your pores so that your face becomes a smooth canvas for your makeup masterpiece. Plus, considering that it comes in a cute golden egg packaging, it can also come in handy as a prop for your Halloween costume!
Do: Use a makeup remover to remove most of the heavy makeup. Oil-based makeup removers, in particular, work great at melting away the initial layers of makeup and debris while being gentle on the skin. The Saem’s Marseille Olive Cleansing Oil (Rich Purifying) is a moisturizing cleansing oil that’s not only effective at cleansing and removing wastes from the skin, but it’s also formulated with extra virgin oil from France and has real blended rose petals visible in the bottle. How cool is that?
Do: Follow up with a facial cleanser to do an overall cleansing session to thoroughly remove any and all leftover makeup and/or wastes from your skin. Your skin will thank you for it. The Snail Repairing Foam Cleanser by Mizon is a gentle and efficient facial cleanser with built-in skin care containing snail extract that’s designed to provide anti-aging care and promote skin repairing and rejuvenation. And come on, after masquerading around all day (or night) as a decaying zombie, snail doesn’t seem that disgusting, right?
Do: Slap on a sheet mask! Facial sheet masks are a great and easy way for a skin-caring treatment and after the day your skin has had, whether it’s layers and layers of makeup or sweating behind a suffocating plastic mask, it certainly deserves a treat. And what better way to care for your skin in the spirit of Halloween than with an SNP animal mask? Swap out that makeup or plastic monster mask with a soft, hydrating sheet mask with a tiger/dragon/panda/otter design on it so the fun doesn’t end! These enriched masks are formulated for a moisturizing and nourishing punch that your skin will happily soak right on up.
Do: End with a moisturizing sleeping pack! It just wouldn’t be Halloween without anything pumpkin. As it turns out, Too Cool for School’s Pumpkin Sleeping Pack is not only Halloween appropriate, but it’s also great for your skin, too! This sleeping pack cream moisturizes and nourishes your skin while you snooze so that you can wake up to plump, smooth, and refreshed skin.
Don’t: Sleep with makeup on! You’ve probably heard this already about a gazillion times, but seriously, even though exhaustion and laziness will tempt you to knock out on your bed without taking off all the makeup, resist this urge! Leaving makeup on overnight can be damaging to your skin due to all the piled up skin wastes and clogged pores, which can potentially cause definitely unwanted skin irritation or troubles. So do yourself a favor and prevent a ghoulish complexion by making sure to remove all that makeup before hitting the hay.
Don’t: Be afraid to try out vivid colors and don’t be afraid to be creative with the uses of some of your makeup products! Halloween is one of the few and rare times where you’re free to be as exaggerated and outrageous as you want. Bright, crimson splotches all over your face? Go for it. Black lips or marks streaked across your cheeks and forehead? Spooky. Orange or blue alien-esque shades across your eyes or face? Awesome. Plus, makeup can be quite versatile, which means that eye shadow doesn’t have to stay on your eyelids or eyeliner just on your eyes. Bright eye shadow can make your lips pop or be useful for imitating bruises; black eyeliner can make for all sorts of marks on the face; and lipstick/lipgloss can even double as fake blood or injury. Of course, you want to make sure all the makeup is clean and doesn’t cause any problems for your skin, but all in all, have fun with it! May your Halloween be full of with disturbing costumes and candy-filled bellies! Muahahaha