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Tips for Easily Removing Halloween Makeup

One of the best parts of Halloween every year is dressing up from head to toe. Between wearing fun costumes and applying cool Halloween makeup, this day is all about stepping out of your comfort zone and embracing a new persona. But, when the night comes to a close, and it’s time to unwind, we know the last thing you want to think about is taking off your makeup. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. 

Check out these 6 helpful tips for easily removing spook-tacular Halloween makeup.


Tip #1: First things first … prep your skin

Before you apply any Halloween makeup to your face, we recommend prepping the skin. This step gives your makeup the perfect base to work on, so that it stays in place longer. Pennsylvania-based board-certified Dr. Erum Ilyas recommends starting with a mild cleanser to remove dead skin cells and excess oils. She says, “[Use] a gentle soap cleanser, blot your face dry, and then apply a primer first so that you have something there as a barrier between your skin and the makeup. It creates a better canvas to start painting on but also serves as a protective layer for your skin in the process.”

Thankfully, our glowshot supercharged hydrating serum doubles as a light primer for your face. It can help smooth the skin before applying foundation. The probiotics + triple peptide refreshing eye cream also serves as a great primer as it soothes the delicate eye area and leaves behind a silky finish.


Tip #2: Remove makeup with an oil-based cleanser

Most Halloween makeup is made to be worn for long periods of time, which is why they often contain oils, waxes, pigments, or silicones. Unfortunately, the average facial cleanser can’t dissolve these matters. That’s why we suggest removing Halloween makeup first with an oil-based cleanser, such as a cleansing balm. This type of cleanser is much more effective at breaking down long-lasting, thick Halloween makeup like face paint, fake blood, and glitter.

Looking for one of the best cleansing balms this spooky season? Try makeupmelt, our non-stripping, transformative cleansing balm that melts away even the hardest-to-remove Halloween makeup with ease. This cleansing balm leaves skin clean, refreshed, and touchably soft.


Tip #3: Go gentle on the eye area

Is any Halloween costume really complete without extensive eye makeup? We didn’t think so. But, when it’s time to remove this eye makeup at night, please be gentle. The skin around your eyes is very delicate and sensitive, so treat it with care.

Dr. Illyas says it’s not uncommon for her to see an increase in rashes around the eyes and neck during Halloween-time. She believes this is due to “clients cleansing too harshly.” Dr. Illyas explains, “people get a little panicky, and they think this is not coming off. Their tendency is, “I’ve got to scrub it.”” Thankfully, our makeupmelt is a gentle cleansing option that dissolves eye makeup while replenishing moisture to help prevent and reduce any redness.


Tip #4: Follow up with a second cleanse

We cannot stress enough the importance of double cleansing — especially on Halloween! This simple two-step method gets rid of any stubborn impurities that remain on the skin after just one wash. To learn more about double cleansing, read our “double cleansing 101: should you try it?” blog post here

After cleansing with an oil-based cleanser, follow up with a water-based cleanser for your second cleanse. Double cleansing delivers a much deeper, more thorough cleanse, which is a must when applying a heavy makeup look. Our cloudcleanse cloud-whipped foam cleanser is a great facial cleanser to use for your second cleanse. It’s a gentle foaming cleanser that lifts away dirt and impurities for a clean, fresh complexion. It doesn’t strip the skin or leave behind a tight feeling like most traditional foam cleansers do. cloudcleanse provides that much-needed comfort the skin looks for on Halloween night.


Tip #5: Say no to makeup wipes

No matter how tired you are by the end of the night, please do not use makeup wipes on your skin. But, why are makeup wipes bad for your skin? They can be harsh and strip the skin of its natural oils. Dr. Ilyas says, “I see so many rashes due to makeup wipes. I’m not a huge fan of them because I think people almost overuse them.” This kind of roughness to the skin can leave it feeling raw and exaggerate redness. Stick to taking off your makeup with a double cleansing routine. It may add some more time to your removal process, but your skin will ultimately thank you.


Tip #6: Restore your skin to its healthiest state

After double cleansing your skin with both an oil and water-based cleanser, make sure to show it some extra TLC. We suggest following up with your usual skincare routine — including a moisturizer. A moisturizer is a must for adding hydration back into the skin post-cleansing. Our probiotics + murumuru hydra surge moisturizer not only replenishes lost moisture, but also protects the skin microbiome to keep skin healthy and hydrated.


Have no fear, glowoasis is here

If the thought of removing your Halloween makeup scares you, let us help! Whether you’re attending a local Halloween party, enjoying a night in with your closest friends, or just experimenting different looks with your Halloween makeup kits, we know these suggestions are exactly what your skin needs. There’s no tricks here with glowoasis, only tips and skincare that serves as a real treat for your complexion.

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