How to prevent Halloween makeup from negatively affecting your skin

If you’re big on Halloween, you’re likely aware that Halloween makeup often causes skin irritation. So how do you create a spooky look that won’t wreak havoc on your skin? Try these three tips to keep your skin looking as good as new after your next costume party.

Woman wearing Halloween makeup that’s gentle on her skin

Prepare your skin for Halloween makeup

If you want a makeup look that’ll last the whole night without your skin suffering the consequences, it’s essential to prep your skin.

  1. Wash your face with a cleanser that’s suited to your skin type.
  2. Exfoliate to remove dead skin cells and other impurities. This will allow the makeup to adhere better to your skin.
  3. Moisturize to protect against cracked, irritated skin. Don’t forget to apply lip balm!
  4. Use a makeup primer so that your skin isn’t in direct contact with highly pigmented or glittery products. A primer will also help your makeup last longer and prevent smudging.

Choose the right products

Look for cosmetics made specifically for Halloween, as they tend to have remarkable staying power. These products are perfect if your look includes fake blood or you want to create ultra-realistic scars. For easy makeup removal, opt for water-based products.

Halloween makeup for sensitive skin

It’s important to know that some Halloween makeup products can damage the epidermis, so anyone with sensitive skin should be especially cautious about using them. If your skin is particularly reactive, choose products made without parabens or fragrances.

To avoid overspending on pricy Halloween makeup or having to deal with unexpected skin issues, take another look at your existing makeup kit. Many of the products you already own are more versatile than you think! Since you know they’re suitable for your skin type, you can let your creativity flow without worrying about harming your skin. For example, you might combine your brown and purple eyeshadows to create dark circles under your eyes (think zombie!). Or, you could apply lipstick with a fine brush to create the outline of a vampire bite. For more makeup inspiration, check out our Halloween guide.

Advice from our cosmeticians

If you’re planning to use brand-new makeup products, do an allergy test 24 hours before your party. Apply a small amount of product to the back of your hand or behind your ear. If a reaction occurs, consult your pharmacist and don’t use the product.

Remove your makeup like a pro

The secret to happy skin after Halloween night lies in properly removing your makeup and remembering to moisturize. Follow these easy steps to wipe away all makeup residue and effectively revitalize your skin:

  1. Remove heavy makeup using an oil-based makeup remover.
    1. If you still see traces of colour on your skin, massage your face with a few drops of baby oil.
    2. Dealing with stubborn glitter? Wrap a bit of tape around your finger and gently dab the sparkles off your skin.
    3. To remove latex or false eyelashes, soak a cotton ball in warm water and makeup remover. Place it on the target area for 30 seconds, and the glue will soften up like magic.
  2. Wash your face thoroughly using an appropriate cleanser for your skin type or micellar water, and then rinse your face with water.
  3. Soothe your skin by applying a generous layer of moisturizing cream. Look for a product that contains hyaluronic acid, a powerful compound that hydrates while improving the texture of your skin.

Homemade Halloween makeup

This simple recipe is suitable for all skin types!


  • 5 tablespoons of moisturizer
  • 1 teaspoon of cornstarch (for opacity, but omit it if you have very dry skin)
  • Different shades of food colouring


Combine the moisturizer and cornstarch. Divide the mixture equally into containers, one for every colour you want to use. Add a few drops of food colouring to each container and stir. Get out your brushes and have fun!

Before Halloween, ask our dermocosmetic specialists to help you find the right products.

Last updated on September 20, 2022

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How to prevent Halloween makeup from negatively affecting your skin

Halloween makeup often causes skin irritation. Try these 3 tips to keep your skin looking as good as new after your next costume party.
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