I have no doubt you’re gonna look bomb on Halloween. If you’re wearing some kind of crazy makeup, though, it’s important to safely and correctly remove the makeup just as carefully as you applied it.
I know when the night is over you might be inclined to fall into bed with your full face on. Please, for the love of god, DON’T. I once heard someone say that makeup will make you break out and give you wrinkles. That really isn’t true. It’s not removing your makeup correctly or completely that can clog pores, cause congestion and dry your skin out — which, down the line, can cause wrinkles and lines.
It takes only 5 to 7 minutes to completely remove all of your makeup. Here’s a little breakdown of what you should do.
First off, get rid of the big stuff. Remove your lashes by gently lifting the inner corner and peeling outward. If wearing prosthetics applied with spirit gum, or any temporary glue applied to the skin, use a specific remover for those kinds of products. They can be found online or at Halloween or party supply stores.
As for color makeup, start with a balm or oil cleanser to melt away the top layer or paint, glitter, liquid lipstick, etc.
Then, use an eye makeup remover (you know my favorite is Beauty 360 Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover) on a cotton round to remove eyeliner and lipstick.
Apply the balm or oil to a DRY face and massage in. Then, use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe off cleanser and makeup.
Go back in with eye makeup remover to take off any lingering makeup.
Finally, you need to cleanse again to clean your skin. The first cleanse was just to remove what was sitting on your skin. Use a typical gel or cream cleanser and rinse like normal.
You’re totally welcome to follow with the rest of your routine (Toner, serum, night cream, etc.) or just pass out. You’ll sleep better knowing you’re not mushing your face into a puddle of makeup, dead skin and bacteria.
Gia Mazur is an award-winning staff writer and beauty obsessive who joined The Times-Tribune’s Lifestyles department in 2015. She’s a product enthusiast who can’t live without an eyelash curler. A proud Virgo, Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Pillow Talk is her go-to. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org; 570-348-9127; @gmazurTT