Halloween Makeup

Posted on October 24th, by staff in Expert Tips. No Comments

Halloween Makeup

So you want to be a Smurf for Halloween? Full-face coverage requires loads of pore-clogging makeup. Julie Nicolson, a Montreal-based freelance makeup artist and medical aesthetician, says “If you have oily, sensitive, or acne-prone skin, the oil-based Halloween makeup available at stores now can irritate your skin further, causing breakouts. ” What’s more frightful than a face full of zits? Yet, heck, if you want to throw caution to the wind, follow these tips from Nicolson to do it right.

Use a skin barrier cream as a primer. “Not just any barrier cream from the drugstore. These will do nothing to minimize skin sensitivity. Purchase one from a professional makeup supplier; the ones that special effects makeup artists use before applying theatrical makeup. It creates a physical barrier between skin and makeup, and helps it come off easier too. However I find that barrier creams can make people with very problematic skin break out. Opt for a spray version to be safe.”

Look for water-based makeup. “Instead of using tubes of oil-based colours, look for water-based makeup which are sold in cake pans. They look like water colour palettes. While they’re less likely to clog pores, these colours don’t go on as smoothly as oil-based ones. They can look patchy.”

Don’t trust your cleanser. “Get a microdermabrasion facial afterwards. This treatment will remove any traces of makeup that might be trapped under the skin. Microdermbrasion acts like a little vacuum, sucking away dirt, debris, and dead skin cells from the upper layer the skin. If your skin is on the dry side, the makeup might stick to your skin even more. Left to linger, these dead skin cells accumulate on the surface of your skin and can make your face look lack luster and dull. That’s why exfoliation is so important. For more bang for your buck, try a Silk Peel, which is like microdermabrasion with a bonus: exfoliation plus infusion of serum that is tailored to your skin type.” Don’t let your skin pull tricks on you. Treat it right!


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