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So, you’ve had a blast on Halloween, collecting candy or parading your costume at parties, only to come home and have to remove all that makeup. Whether you’re dripping in fake blood or donning products that transformed you into your favorite social media filter, it can be a serious struggle to get Halloween makeup off. To be real, it’s more trick than treat. To keep removal responsibility from turning your night into a total terror, be prepared. That means learning how to remove Halloween makeup, the right way, ahead of time. We’ve broken it down into four simple steps, and there’s nothing scary about them.
Not all Halloween makeup is created equal. If you’re dressing up as a cat, you can simply use your go-to eyeliner to create whiskers and a pink lipstick to paint the point of your nose. When you choose this route, removal should be easy enough—after all it isn’t much different from your everyday makeup, just slightly different placement. (Find all the details on basic makeup removal, in our article, How to Remove Makeup…The Right Way!) When you break out body paints and other cosmetics that come from Halloween shops, that’s when things can get more complicated. Before beginning to remove your makeup, you’ll want to take inventory of the kinds of products you used. Some may even have handy instructions on the packaging with tips for removal, so don’t forget to check!
If you’re looking for a makeup removal miracle, you may have found it in the form of micellar water. The French-favorite cleanser isn’t actually magic, but sometimes it seems that way. This liquid cleanser is powered by tiny micelles—oil molecules—that act as a magnet to lift dirt, oil, and makeup up and away from your skin. The best part? Even when removing lots of makeup, micellar waters don’t require any rough rubbing or tugging at your skin.
Reach for a micellar water that can remove waterproof makeup, like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types, and saturate a cotton pad with the formula. Hold the pad over your closed eyes for a few seconds, then wipe to remove makeup. Once your eyes are in the clear from cosmetics, sweep the pad across your skin to continue cleaning. The micellar water is free of oil, soap, and alcohol and safe to use on your face, eyes, and lips.
Sometimes cleansing once is enough, but in other cases you should opt to double cleanse. While your first cleansing session removed makeup and dirt from the surface of your skin, a second cleansing can help remove any remaining impurities. Try the L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Detox & Brighten Cleanser, L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Purify & Mattify Cleanser, or L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Exfoliate & Refine Cleanser, which are formulated to remove impurities from the surface of your skin without over-drying. Squeeze a small amount of your cleanser of choice into your hands and add water to transform it from clay to mousse. Then, gently massage the cleanser onto your face and rinse off with lukewarm water.
Once you’ve cleansed your complexion, your job isn’t done just yet. It’s time to moisturize! Look for a moisturizer formulated for your skin type and apply it damp skin after cleansing to help lock in hydration. The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Oily Skin, L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Normal/Dry Skin, and L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care for Extra Dry Skin are formulated with hyaluronic acid and aloe vera water to help provide long-lasting hydration.
If you’re still trying to figure out your Halloween costume for this year, we’ve got a few ideas up our sleeve. Check out our tutorials for a little October 31st inspiration:
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