How to Apply Halloween Make-Up

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How to Apply Halloween Make-Up
Wear make-up that matches the Halloween costume. (Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Halloween is a festive time of year that allows people of all ages to dress up and scare one another without malice. Most children and adults plan Halloween costumes ahead of time, including the make-up used to complete the ensemble. However, applying the Halloween make-up is a task in itself. Apply Halloween make-up after putting on the Halloween costume, to prevent smudging. Carefully blend the make-up to complete a Halloween costume that will scare even the oldest trick-or-treater.

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Things you need

  • Face paint
  • Cream paint
  • Oil-free face wash
  • Cotton bath towel
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Foundation sponge
  • Lipstick

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  1. 1

    Purchase Halloween make-up from a Halloween or retail store. Choose face paint or cream make-up that is sold in a pack, to have an array of colours on hand. Face paint and cream make-up are often sold in tubes or palettes for quick application.

  2. 2

    Wash your face with oil-free face wash and warm water to remove dirt and oil from the surface of the face. Then, rinse the face with cold water to close facial pores. Pat your face dry with a cotton bath towel.

  3. 3

    Apply a light coat of petroleum jelly on the surface of your face with your fingers. Rub the petroleum jelly on the outer edges of the face first, then in a circular motion around the hair and jaw line. Proceed to the centre of the face. The petroleum jelly allows the Halloween make-up to be removed with ease once the evening done.

  4. 4

    Put 1-inch of face or cream paint on the tip of a foundation sponge, then apply the first layer of Halloween make-up around the edges of your face. Start around the hair and jaw line to create an outline of the make-up. Add more paint to the foundation sponge, then rub the make-up onto the entire face in a sweeping motion.

  5. 5

    Allow the first layer of face paint to dry for 10 minutes, or as indicated on the make-up label. Add a second layer in the same manner as Step 4. Allow the second layer to dry before proceeding to the next step.

  6. 6

    Create shadows around the eyes, nose and cheekbones with a dark shade of Halloween make-up, such as black or brown. Apply ½ inch of face or cream paint to the tip of a clean foundation sponge, then pat the make-up around the selected area. Once patted, slowly blend the dark make-up onto the selected area by stroking the foundation sponge on the surface of the skin.

  7. 7

    Use a dark shade of lipstick to paint lips, such as brown, black or red. Place the lipstick at the centre of the top lip, then run the lipstick down to the right corner of the lip. Next, set the lipstick back in the centre of the top lip, and move the lipstick to the left corner of the lip. Run the lipstick from the right to the left corner of the bottom lip on completion. Rub the top and bottom lip together to blend the lipstick.

Tips and warnings

  • Test the make-up on the inner surface of your arm for 24 hours before applying on the face. If an allergic reaction occurs, remove the make-up from your arm, and apply an anti-inflammatory cream on the affected area.
  • Apply a light layer of baby powder over the Halloween make-up, to set the make-up on the face.
  • Avoid getting make-up in your eyes
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  • Avoid applying Halloween make-up on infants to prevent accidental ingestion.

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