It’s almost Halloween and you know what that means; it’s time to talk about face paints, skincare and how to make sure your amazing costume doesn’t come with the price tag of bad skin…
Pick your face paint carefully
It isn’t enough to go to your nearest costume shop and pick up some cheap pots of the first face paints you see. Make sure that everything you buy is cosmetics-grade and non-comedogenic, otherwise you could end up with a face full of spots or an allergic reaction. Better yet, can you achieve your look using only real makeup? If you’re going for a skeletal or ghostly costume, many makeup brands sell extremely pale foundations and powders that you can use to create a white face. If you need some ghoulish colours like orange, green, purple or black to complete your look, then individual pots of eyeshadow are your friend, and if you need fake blood? Try a deep red lip stain!
It’s really important to make sure you prepare your skin before you apply costume makeup – after all, not only is it different to what you normally put on your skin, it’s also probably going to go on in a much thicker layer than your usual look! In the run up to Halloween, make sure you exfoliate regularly to ensure your skin is as smooth and healthy as possible. Before you apply your Halloween makeup, apply a layer of a good primer to help keep everything in place, and once you’ve finished your makeup, use a setting spray. If you really want to be prepared, why not start a course of Microdermabrasion facials before Halloween? The deep exfoliation will give you a perfectly smooth base, helping you to really show off your fantastic costume makeup.
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How to remove makeup completely
When you’ve been wearing heavy makeup, it’s even more important to cleanse properly than it is when you’re wearing your everyday makeup. Especially if you’ve been to a warm bar or club where the makeup will have mixed with sweat and melted right into your pores (grim right?). This means that you need to double cleanse – one cleanse to remove the makeup, and one cleanse to clean your pores. Using a makeup removing oil it the best way to dissolve heavy makeup without the risk of stripping your skin of its natural oils, and if the first cleanse is with an oil, then you don’t have to worry about the second cleanse drying out your skin. Choose a gentle but effective cleanser for your second cleanse, and to ensure your skin is completely clean, make sure you use a toner on a cotton pad before you moisturise as well.
An important time for your skin
October is the transition month between autumn and winter, and it’s the ideal time to start giving your skin the TLC it needs to get it through the cold weather. A course of Microdermabrasion Facials will breathe new life into your skin, removing dead skin, pore blockages and grime for a fresher, more radiant complexion. Microdermabrasion stimulates the circulation, which means your skin will be more nourished and hydrated even with cold air, central heating and windy weather attacking it, day in, day out. Importantly, Microdermabrasion also helps your skin to absorb products more effectively. Starting a course of Microdermabrasion in October won’t just mean you’ll have fantastically smooth skin for Halloween, it also means your skin will look and feel great all winter too.