Good evening lovelies – tonight is All Hallow’s Eve and I’m feeling in an extra spooky mood ! While I’m doing ‘grown up’ Halloween activities tonight, I had my fun this weekend, and will be posting photos soon of the great Black Swan look I did for my friend Shilpa. I apologize about the lack of posts, but Halloween weekend is always my favorite, and this year didn’t disappoint.
While I’m all about the Halloween spirit and outlandish makeup, one thing none of us wants is Halloween Hangover Skin – dryness or breakouts, hard to remove makeup, etc. If you wore a great deal of makeup on Halloween and your skin isn’t used to it, this can be a disaster for your face in the days following Halloween, so here are my tips for a good post Halloween skin cleanse.
Many of us wear stage or costume makeup on our skin on Halloween – white face paint, fake blood, etc, which is thick and hard to remove. I recommend using a good cleansing oil – I used my Nuxe Prodigious Oil, but Shu Uemura makes excellent, albeit expensive, cleansing oils (just in time for the collaboration with Wong Kar Wei). Pour or pump a little bit of oil on to a cotton disk or cotton ball, and gently swipe across your face. Gently is the key word – you really don’t want to rub the makeup back in to the skin, you want to remove it, so make sure not to rub your face.
Now that your face paint is gone, move on to the eyes. If you’re wearing false eyelashes or anything with liquid latex, make sure you peel off before you cleanse! As Shilpa had a whole mess of eyeshadow, pigment, and long wear eyeliners on her eyes, I gave her the same advice I’ll give you – use a bi-phase eye makeup remover (the kind with two layers of product, one oily, the other a liquid), to make sure you get EVERYTHING off ! Sephora makes a good quality, relatively inexpensive waterproof eye makeup remover that is bi-phase and works well – it’s the one in the cylindrical container with the black cap. Don’t use a cream makeup remover, as you’ll find yourself rubbing your eye area to remove the makeup – this is one of the worst things you can do to the skin around your eyes !
Now that the majority of your makeup is off, use a gentle cleanser (I’m currently using Mineral Flowers Sensitive Skin Face Wash) and use your hands, and warm (not hot) water to wash your face as you usually would.
With a cotton disk, pour a bit of toner on to your face – I use regular rosewater to tone, but you can use any kind of toner or astringent. You’ll be surprised to see how much leftover makeup ends up on the cotton – it’s imperative that you get everything off !
Finally, to moisturize or not to moisturize ? I actually slept without moisturizer after cleaning my face, because I felt like I wanted my skin to be able to ‘breathe’ after having been smothered in thick makeup. If your makeup made your skin dry, use a sensitive skin moisturizer overnight, and make sure you wash your face the next morning.
More post Halloween updates tomorrow…. Happy Halloween !