5 Tricks for Removing Halloween Makeup

Take the fright out of Halloween makeup removal with these five tricks!

Body paint, sticky hairspray, glue-on eyelashes and glitter are staples of Halloween getups. But what goes on, must come off and that can be the scary part.

Read on for tricks on how to take the fright out of removing Halloween makeup.

1. Dissolve stubborn makeup with a mild cleanser that doesn’t irritate sensitive skin.

Resist the urge to scrub! Have a gentle, pH-balanced face cleanser on hand that’s safe for all skin types. Just wet your skin with warm water and gently rub in circles to remove makeup.

Try: Sebamed Liquid Face & Body Wash, $12.99 at most drugstores.

2. Prevent body pants and glitter from staining clothes and sheets.

Rather than showering, take a soak. Add a few capfuls of apple cider vinegar to the tub. Soak for 5 to 10 minutes and then towel off. This DIY soak removes more pigment with less scrubbing. Always follow up with hydrating lotion to help skin recover overnight.

Try: G.M. Collin Body Hydrating Cream, $40 at skin1.com.

3. Remove waterproof mascara, eye shadows and liners with a gentle facial oil.

Don’t irritate your peepers by scrubbing them with soap. Use a pure, multi-purpose facial oil to remove heavy eye makeup. Place a few drops on a cotton ball, hold it on eyelids for 30 seconds and gently sweep off makeup. Follow with your normal cleansing routine and dab on a bit of oil for nighttime hydration.

Try: Suki Balancing Facial Oil, $32.95 at sukiskincare.com and Sprouts Farmers Markets.

4. Protect your tresses with hair extensions.

Dressing up like pop stars is all about that hair and with it comes stressed tresses. Heat styling, hair dyes and hair sprays can damage hair. Avoid it altogether with hair extension. Best part, you can add color and style the hair as if it was yours without stressing your own strands.

Try: Luxhair Circle Extensions ($79 for 10-inch, $99 for 18-inch) and Bangs ($24) at wigs.com.

5. Treat yourself.

Finally, when all the sticky glam goo of Halloween has been washed away, give yourself a mini spa day (you know I love those). Mask up, order Hocus Pocus or Edward Scissorhands on Netflix and just relax!

Try: Ahava Purifying Mud Mask for face, $33 at ahavaus.com and Aviva Hair Rescue Keratin Renewal Masque, $29.95 at avivahair.com.

Hocus Pocus image source: Disney