You’ve probably already got your Halloween costume(s) purchased – and you may have already worn them once or twice (parties, Trunk or Treat events, etc.) But if your – or your child’s – Halloween costume consists of face or body makeup, there are some things to consider.
Some Halloween makeup may actually be dangerous
NY Senator Charles Schumer is trying to get the FDA to routinely test novelty makeups, claiming that many – especially from China – contain lead and other toxins, such as nickel, cobalt, and chromium, that can be especially dangerous to children.
If you can avoid makeup as part of your child’s Halloween costume, it might be a good idea to do so. However, if your little zombie insists on full-on “The Walking Dead” make-up, do your research. While you typically want to avoid the so-called “drug store brands” of Halloween makeup, a professional face painter can usually recommend where you can get good-quality – and most importantly, safe – makeup. Then read the labels, and make sure you do a patch test before slathering the makeup all over your – or your child’s – face.
Even good makeup can clog pores
Even if you’ve purchased an all-natural makeup, free of harmful chemicals, you could be doing some serious damage to your skin. Face and body paints rely on good coverage, and that coverage can clog pores and irritate skin – especially skin that is sensitive and/or prone to breakouts.
Tips to keep your skin clear when using Halloween makeup
One of the best things you can do prior to applying your Halloween makeup is to apply a skin barrier cream as a primer. Get a good quality one from a professional makeup supplier, and use as directed to create a barrier between your skin and the makeup. Look for the barrier best suited to your skin type. Bonus: A good barrier cream will also make the makeup removal easier.
Of course, the sooner you can remove the makeup, the better. While it may be tempting to leave on the ghoulish makeup while examining your candy haul, taking off your makeup should be a priority. Make sure you remove it all; paying special attention to the area around the hairline. And while a good cleanser will probably be enough to remove the makeup from little kids, teenagers and adults should consider a gentle exfoliant to assure that all traces of the makeup are removed.
After the makeup comes off…
It may be a bit of a letdown to remove your Halloween makeup after spending so much time to get it “just right.” Make sure you take plenty of photos while you’re wearing it, then treat yourself to a Bel Mondo Calming Mask afterwards. You can end your Halloween wearing a mask that actually benefits your skin (and it only looks a little scary!)