I don’t know about you, but this Halloween has been legen (wait for it!) dary for me. I was able to finally participate in the Village Halloween Parade, which meant I had to look for a great costume. And that was a bit of a drama, because my previous costume was so uncomfortable I ended up having bruises after wearing it. Bear with me, because this explains my little Halloween drama.
So I decided to use whatever I had at hand to concoct a cool Halloween costume in a couple of hours. Because I love Frida Kahlo so much, I got inspired by her painting “Las Dos Fridas” (The Two Fridas), where she vividly expresses her feelings about life and death. And I decided to paint half my face as a sugar skull, and the other half imitating her traditional make-up. I think I did a pretty good job.
|This is a picture I took with my friend Wall-E|
However, taking away my make-up was another story. Because I was running short of time, I used a Wet n’ Wild kit I purchased a year ago, which included sparkling, glittery paint that was a nightmare to take away (to be fair, it held perfectly well all night, so they did a good job.)
That was the moment when my dry, sensitive skin, started to scream for help. Luckily, I also had a beauty recovery kit at hand. These are my beauty hacks to erase those tough Halloween make-ups from your face:
1. Take a Japanese approach to cleansing
I do not necessarily mean to use Japanese products (which I do), but to borrow their double-cleansing routines. To erase the stubborn make-up, I first used plain water and a beauty soap bar from Botanicus, a Czech company that produces organic beauty products. My secret weapon was DHC’s foaming mesh, a great invention that transforms any facial cleanser into a super dense foam.
The glitter was still there, but I had taken away most of the grime and dirt. So I attacked with a second face wash, this time with a liquid facial cleanser from Conffianz. It was mild enough not to irritate my skin, which at that point was starting to stress.
2. Take that mascara away!
Waterproof formulas can be tricky. I personally like Benefit Cosmetics They’re Real mascara, and it’s a tough one to remove. So I used a tiny bit of its They’re Real Makeup Remover to take away my mascara and any remaining glitter on my face. It worked wonders.
3. Tone your skin
At that point, my skin was screaming for help. In order to create a blank canvas before hydrating it, I used Bonpoint Lotion Douceur, a facial tonic that soothes the skin and gives a feeling of comfort. I really like this product, which has just been launched, because its 100 percent natural and hypoallergenic formula is ideal for sensitive skin, and smells divinely! After I finished applying this toner, my cotton disk was finally clean.
4. Reconstruct your epidermis
After wearing so much make-up for hours, my skin needed a hydration boost. What I recommend is to use a very hydrating mask, such as Hada Labo Ultimate Anti-Aging Facial Mask. With super hyaluronic acid patented by the brand, it is really deeply hydrating, because it equals a bottle of serum.
After that, I applied my regular night cream, and I could celebrate All Saints’ Day with a clean face and no signs of irritation or allergies. Success!
I’d love to hear what you guys use to remove tough Halloween make-up. Please feel free to leave a comment below.
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