How to Remove Halloween Makeup So You Won't Hate Life the Next Morning
Halloween is here, and while you've likely expertly planned your beauty look for the big occasion, have you considered how'll you'll be removing the most stubborn bits of glitter and paint once the night is over? I can still recall a fateful Halloween five years ago when, after a long night of sporting aggressive Black Swan makeup, I came home to find I had run out of makeup remover. The dramatic Halloween beauty look, which had taken an excessive amount of time to apply, took even longer to wash off. To help avoid such predicaments caused by painted Halloween looks, we reached out to someone well-versed in the subject to learn how to remove Halloween makeup so you won't hate life the next morning.
Jonathan Kammerer, a personal shopper in New York, has mastered a thing or two about makeup removal from dressing in drag as Lana Labels. "Lana came into existence Halloween of 2015," recalls Kammerer. "She wanted an outlet to be creative and show the world another side of herself." Kammerer explains that he grew up with his mother and sisters playing with makeup, which resulted in himself playing and experimenting and perfecting beauty looks. "If you're feeling down, add colour or glitter to your face," he says. "You only live once."
Here he breaks down his go-to makeup-removing strategies that tackle everything from glitter, to paint, to prosthetics. Head below to learn how to remove Halloween makeup and shop the best products for leaving your face clean and glitter-free.
Bioderma Sensibio H20 ($30)
If there's still a significant amount of makeup on your face, a tried-and-true makeup remover can help. Oftentimes, an everyday makeup remover won't cut it for taking off Halloween makeup. This French formulation—trusted by models and makeup artists during fashion week—is an industry favourite that can tackle even the most stubborn runway looks.
Eve Lom Cleanser ($73)
After using makeup wipes or makeup remover for cleaning off the initial layers of makeup or paint, Kammerer recommends a cleanser like Eve Lom's for deeper cleaning. "Apply with dry hands to the face and massage all over," he advises. "Once the cleanser is massaged all over, wet hands with water and lather the face. At this point, it will turn into a milky white solution and you can rinse makeup and paint right off."
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Baby Oil Rub ($9)
If you'd rather not spend money on a pricey cleanser, Kamerrer explains that there are a number of products you probably already have in your home that can sub in as effective makeup removers. Baby oil is one he suggests to clean off any beauty look. "Lather oils on your face and gently rinse away," he recommends.
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