From kitty cats to vampires and every fantastical look in between, Halloween makeup is all about being excessive. Take the horror out of removing heavy halloween makeup off of your kids (or even yourself if you’re getting in the spirit) with these simple tips.
Eyes: From lashes to eye shadow and fun liner, getting off stubborn eye makeup can be pretty rough. Standard face washes may not be enough to remove strong shimmers and stiff creams. MAKE UP FOREVER Sens’eyes, $24, makeup remover’s creamy texture removes stuck-on makeup in a few swipes and leaves skin feeling cool and clean. Another great option: use natural coconut oil that you can buy at your local health food store. Known for its endless health properties and benefits, coconut oil aids in both removing makeup and nourishing the skin. Saturate a cotton pad, then gently wipe away stubborn makeup.
Face: Like baby wipes, makeup remover wipes are extremely easy to use, especially on kids who’ve passed out in their makeup or are jacked up on a sugar high and can’t focus on standing still over the sink. Sound familiar? Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes, $11.99, have a thick cloth-like texture that efficiently takes off foundation and paints and leaves skin clean and free of stickiness or residue. Make sure to use both sides of the wipe! Also, heavy foundations and face paint can clog pores. You may want to follow up with a quick scrub, like St. Ives Apricot Scrub, $2.99, a natural exfoliant that gently gives your skin a deep clean.
Nails: Glitter looks so fun on nails, but becomes a huge hassle when its time to take it off. Our sneaky solution: Apply a thin base layer of Elmer’s glue. Squeeze a small dime-size portion onto a paper plate and apply to nails with a clean brush. Once that’s completely dry, then apply a fun glitter or speckle polish. The glue becomes a barrier between your nails and the glitter and when you want to remove the polish, all you have to do is peel it off. Genius! If you’ve already applied glitter polish straight to the nails, soak a cotton ball in pure acetone and place it on the nail for 30 seconds or wrap tinfoil around your nail and move onto the next once. This should help it come off more easily. But watch out, since acetone can dry out your nails, nourish dehydrated cuticles by rubbing a little coconut oil to them.