Halloween Makeup Removal


FALL is officially here – which means Halloween is just around the corner. Have you thought about your costume yet? Does it involve face paint, fake blood, latex, or body glue? Remember, Halloween parties are all tricks and treats until you have to wake up and face reality the next day. Ingredients in these products can be harsh and hard to remove! However, with a proper prep and removal plan you could potentially avoid any spooky skin situations.

Remember, most ingredients found in costume makeup are not natural or found in regular skin products. I’d suggest you “read the labels”, but who has time to compare and contrast? The bottom line is…if you have sensitive skin – you’re risking a breakout or allergic reaction to the makeup if left on too long. Promise yourself you will REMOVE the make up as soon as you’re home. Falling asleep with it on is NOT an option!

NOTE: Some costume makeup products come with removal instructions! Check the packaging for assistance.


The best way to get your skin ready for heavy, abnormal face makeup is to make sure it’s clean, moisturized, and primed. A good primer prevents your everyday products from soaking into/irritating your skin and can do the same with costume makeup. It’s also meant to help makeup last longer and prevent your eyeshadow and foundation from creasing. Beneficial all around!


I, as well as many makeup bloggers, recommend using micellar water to first loosen and remove most of the make up. Micellar water is a watery substance filled with tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules suspended in soft water. The micelles are attracted to the dirt and oil collecting on your face after a long day (in this case attracted to the costume makeup that’s covering your face/neck – post Halloween party). Their job is to draw out impurities without drying out your skin.

KEY WORDS being” “without drying out your skin”, as your skin may already be dry and irritated from the foreign products used. The last thing you want it to use a remover or a bar of soap that will add to the irritationIf you need to do a second pass, try using a hydrating-foaming face wash or cold cream. 

Lastly, be sure to re-hydrate! Use your normal face moisturizer, but if you’re skin is still irritated it may be helpful to also apply aloe vera! The cooling sensation is comforting and will help take the edge off the initial pain from scrubbing your face clean of costume makeup, all while replenishing your skin with nutrients. For extra sensitive areas, like around your eyes, try dabbing on hyaluronic acid!


  • Seek out theater makeup. It’s made to help actors maintain a facial structure under heaving lighting and from far distances – so works very well! Also, is meant to be worn for long periods of time. This could be a better option for someone with sensitive skin.
  • Plan to only wear crazy makeup for only a few hours. If you’re allowed to wear a costume for the duration of the work day – pick one that doesn’t involve face paint. The longer your skin is exposed, the more irritated it will become!
  • Shaving cream! If you can’t get remaining residue off after cleansing – lather shaving cream onto your mug, message into skin, and remove gently with a towel. Keep in mind, some of the colors (red, green, orange) are capable of leaving a slight hint of yellowish color. Now THAT’S scary.

Going all out this year with glue and latex?

See removal tips by GABRIELLE TAYLOR from Wonder How To below:

Use a Little Lotion – A little lotion on a cotton ball is great for removing makeup without drying out your skin. Any kind of lotion will work, but it’s best to use on that’s not greasy so you don’t clog your pores. You can also use petroleum jelly (aka Vaseline) instead, but make sure you wash your face thoroughly afterwards to get rid of that gross-feeling residue.

Removing Body Glue – Most glues can be removed from skin using oil. If you used a pretty small amount, often it can just be peeled off. If not, use a cotton pad to apply some baby oil or alcohol. You may need to hold it on the skin to “soak” the glue for a minute or two before it breaks down enough to wipe off.

Removing Liquid Latex – Believe it or not, Liquid Latex is made to come off with nothing more than soap and water. If you get it in your hair, you can just hop in the shower and shampoo it out. If you’re lucky, you might be able to just peel it off.

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