The last thing you want to do after a night out – on Halloween no less – is deal with taking off your makeup. But if you think your skull face paint is spooky, just wait until you see your face after sleeping in it the next day.
For a simple, foolproof way to make sure you've cleaned your face of any costume makeup from your Halloween costume, follow our advice to keep your skin from turning into a nightmare the morning after Halloween.
SKIN CARE: HOW TO REMOVE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP
Step 1: Start with embellishments
Rhinestones, sequins, anything that required glue – that's the first thing you want to tackle. The reason? Makeup remover won't easily slide between them, meaning you won't be able to get a thorough cleanse. Also, rhinestones tend to stick together when they're wet, making them trickier to take off. Whatever you do, don't dig into them with your fingernails. It could scratch or scar your skin.
Step 2: Soften makeup with an oil-based cleanser
Most Halloween makeup is designed to last longer, which means it contains various oils, waxes, pigments or silicones that regular face wash can't dissolve. That's where an oil-based cleaner (or just coconut oil) comes in. It will better break down all that long-wear stuff and will leave your face looking and feeling cleaner. With dry hands, use your fingertips to massage several pumps of the remover onto dry skin, being sure to rub it over your eyes lips, and everywhere else.
Step 3: Rinse. Repeat
Next, splash lots of water onto your face, massaging it with the cleanser as you go. Keep rinsing until the water looks clear.
Step 4: Focus on your eyes
If you still have mascara or other makeup on your eyes, saturate a soft cotton pad with waterproof makeup remover and hold it onto your eyes. Then gently wipe it away.
Step 5: Spot wash tough-to-get spots
By now, most of the makeup should be gone, but if you still have any residue left, dabbing on micellar cleansing water with a cotton pad will both rinse skin and condition it.
Step 6: Moisturize
Last but not least, make sure to put on a moisturizer before you go to sleep. Chances are, Halloween makeup will dry out your skin, so make sure it is left baby smooth by morning!