Beware: Halloween makeup can cause acne breakouts, try these alternatives instead
10/31/2016 // JD Heyes // Views

Another Halloween is approaching and we all want to look our best on that spooky night. We also want to look good in the days after, but many little trick-or-treaters and adults who dress up for parties won’t, because the makeup many will use can cause blemishes and skin irritations.

Many adults who like Halloween more than any other occasion during the year, including other holidays, pre-plan their costumes months in advance. Some, as noted by the web site Pop Sugar, even buy professional-grade theatrical makeup that is designed to be skin-friendly. Most people, however, go for the six-dollar kit at the local box store.  The makeup in these kits may contain ingredients that can cause break outs and redness.

There is good news, however. Affordable alternatives that won’t wreak havoc on your skin and some handy tips are available.

Facial pigmentation creams

Yes, it’s true that makeup packs from the local box store may be cheap, but master estheticians say you need to consider how long those items have been sitting around in a warehouse somewhere before being sold to you. Often it’s a couple of years, so the ingredients that go into them are low-grade.

These low-cost pigmentation creams have added colors and other substances that are not FDA-approved, along with waxes and oils that clog skin and pores.

For these, it’s recommended that you use a small sample to test on your wrist or behind your ear, to see if you react adversely. Professional makeup is always going to be best for your skin.


While craft glitter can be cool, often the particles are large and sharp, which of course don’t bode well for you if you wind up with some of it in your eyes.

Asia Vereline, a master esthetician, told Pop Sugar the easy and best way to apply glitter to your face or body is by mixing it with a small portion of coconut oil or aloe vera, both of which are good for your skin. But if you’re adding glitter to water-activated makeup, you’ll want to skip the oil.

Fake blood

This Halloween favorite can often be very irritating to your skin, and that is in addition to it staining everything it touches. You certainly don’t want to attend a party somewhere and leave behind a fake bloody handprint that can’t be removed.

For DIY fake blood that is skin-friendly and non-staining, one option is to mix a red pigment with dish soap, to help lift the color out of the clothing if you want to wear it once again.

Also, a little corn syrup and a cut of old red lipstick will work. You can even use a neat toothbrush trick for the perfect splatter. Check out the fake blood recipe here.


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