Saturday, October 31, 2015

Six Things To Know Before Putting On Your Halloween Makeup

Regardless of who you're going to be tonight, chances are you're going to be applying at least some makeup. If you're like me, you'll probably be going all out. But before you start breaking out the fake blood and dark makeup, here are six things you should probably know beforehand.

1. If you have any current breakouts, apply some acne treatment. If you have no breakouts, apply some acne treatment.
Since halloween makeup is heavy, your skin will thank you if you take some preparatory steps before you start slathering on the fun stuff. Applying an acne gel before I start my makeup is my favorite way to go because it helps shield my skin from the makeup I'll be putting on. I also like to do this on an everyday basis as well. Trust me, your skin will thank you.

2. Avoid Specialized Halloween Makeup
This might come as a surprise to many, but the cheaply produced "Halloween Makeup" you might have bought specifically for your Halloween costume could be harmful for your skin. I found an article on on the subject. 

"A report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics shows that of 10 novelty face paints tested, six contained nickel, cobalt, and/or chromiumall ingredients that are associated with negative skin reactions, like rashes, irritation, or allergies. More negative effects can occur with prolonged or extreme use."

Of course, one night of wearing face paint won't be the end of the world, but it is always a good idea to try and use as much of your typical, everyday makeup was possible. For example, try using a light concealer mixed in with your winter foundation for a pale base for your face, or try breaking out those bright eyeshadow shades you'd never wear. Chances are, you can use them tonight! Applying dark grey or black eyeshadow on the face with a fluffy powder brush will give you the perfect gray, bruised look, and if you can't find anything you own that can work, go out and buy makeup - from the brands that you know and trust. Even if you are spending a little extra money, at least you know you're using the right products for you.

3. Think About Your Pores
If you have ever learned about acne (something I highly recommend if you want to understand how your skin works) then you might already know that acne is caused by clogged pores. Since makeup does tend to clog the pores, a great way to prevent breakouts from occurring is to avoid doing anything that will enlarge your pores. This includes masks, peels and steaming treatments, since those will open up your pores and thus cause more gunk to get in there. If you want to further shrink your pores, a great way to do so would be to simply rub an ice cube all over your face until it melts. This will instantly tighten your pores, helping to prevent clogging.

4. Tell Your Makeup To "Stay Put!" (Not literally)
Something you really don't want to worry about when your binging on candy corn and spending time with your friends is your makeup melting or sweating off. Luckily, these little inconveniences can be easily prevented. Be sure to prime you skin and your eyelids, use stains (such as lip or cheek stains) if possible, set your makeup with a setting spray (I love the Loreal one) and use blotting papers throughout the night. You're makeup won't be going anywhere.

5. Be Ready To REMOVE Your Makeup
We have constantly been talking about the effects your makeup is having on your skin in this post, and possibly the most obvious thing you can do to prevent skin nightmares issues is to remove your makeup. And since this is probably a lot of makeup, REMOVE it. Ditch the makeup remover wipes and instead reach for an oil based makeup remover. Pesky glitter can be removed by sticking tape on the areas you have the stuff on, and wash your face with a cleanser to get all the extra gunk off. 

6. Show Your Skin Some Love
When the night is over and all the monsters are gone, show your skin some appreciation. Anything from a mask to moisturizer will benefit that skin of yours, and chances are the next day your skin will be better than it was the day before!

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