It is already that time of year! Candy, costumes, lavish amounts of makeup… where can we sign up?! Our team at White and Elm loves Halloween because it allows us to be more experimental in our makeup. There are plenty of Youtube videos and websites that provide us with the proper techniques to transform into our favorite characters, but after the celebrations are over, our skin ends up taking a rough beating. In general, Halloween makeup is heavier and thicker than your normal, everyday makeup. Your Halloween transformation typically requires a full application of products that are high in artificial colors, fragrances, waxes, and oils, and are designed to withstand any amount of sweat. This can be seriously monstrous to your skin. So before you reach your Halloween ghouls (sorry goals) by morphing into your favorite pirate, monster, or superhero, read our tricks to treat your skin this Halloween.
First and foremost, avoid makeup from the Halloween store at all costs and instead opt for cosmetic grade makeup. Although Halloween makeup palettes may advertise themselves as hypoallergenic, they are not noncomedogenic. To be frank(enstein), this means that the makeup will clog your pores and lead to a breakout. Using makeup designed for special effects or even everyday makeup will save your skin from the heartache of breaking out and will still help you achieve the look you’re striving for.
Before applying your makeup, make sure you have a great base. Using a makeup primer not only aids in the longevity and smoothness of your makeup, but it also protects your pores. A silicone-based primer is the best option for this as it is designed to impart a protective shield between your face and chosen disguise. If you plan on painting your face one of the colors of the rainbow, opt for a barrier cream. Unfortunately, this type of product cannot be found at your local drugstore but rather a professional makeup supplier. This will guarantee that the color you choose for the night’s outings will not seep into your skin and stain it for tomorrow’s work day.
Once the Halloween festivities are over, don’t forget the after party! It is absolutely imperative that you wash off your Halloween makeup before you go to bed. We have chronicled the problems that arise when we don’t wash our makeup off every night, but because Halloween makeup tends to be heavier, it is much more detrimental to your skin than forgetting to wash off everyday makeup. We highly recommend washing the face at least twice and to use an oil-based cleanser. The oil-based cleanser will break up the makeup and really clean out the pores. After doing so, wash the face once more either with either the oil-based cleanser or a face wash of your choice. The second clean will ensure that your skin is clean and catch any stubborn makeup that didn’t come off in the first wash. Next, be sure to apply a toner to restore the pH levels of your skin and finish off with a moisturizer. You might want to consider a moisturizer with salicylic acid to ward off any signs of an imposing breakout.
Halloween is a fun time of year when you get to pretend to be anything you want. There is no need to harm your skin when it comes to crafting your disguise. With these tricks for maintaining you're oh so boo-tiful complexion this Halloween, grab your ghoul friends and show off your spooktacular costumes!
Happy spooking ~
The White and Elm Team