Makeup is usually the highlight of any costume, and in most cases, we are always looking for ways to implement the most memorable makeup that compliments your costume. Weather it is glamour make up for a Marilyn Monroe look, or the “zombie” feel to imitate your favorite character from ‘The Walking Dead”, here are a few good ideas to take into consideration once you decide what type of makeup you want to explore.
- Make sure to stay away from the “Novelty” makeup you pick up from the supermarket/costume shops. These tend to be highly irritating to sensitive skin and it only makes sense to buy something a bit higher quality than to be stuck with a horrible rash or swollen eyes after your night of fun. If anything, perform a patch test 48 hours prior to the day you plan to use it just to be sure your skin can handle the makeup. A patch test is effective on the inside of your wrist.
- Make sure to have makeup that is easily removable after your event. Your patch test should be easily removable after a few hours of application and if you use something that IS water proof, try using makeup remover cloths, witch hazel on a cotton ball, or even the old fashioned ‘cold cream” in which you apply and wipe off, while taking the make up with it.
- Make sure to wash and thoroughly dry your skin before application. If you have dry skin, apply a light moisturizer and if you have oily skin, use an astringent (such as witch hazel) to dry it.
- Use a hair band and other clips to pull back and keep your hair out of your way.
- Be sure to use hypoallergenic face paint or makeup that is yours and yours alone. Sharing make up can prove to be very dangerous for spreading colds, viruses and more. Be sure you’re using your own applicators, sponges and colors to be sure you are not sharing any illnesses.
- If you are looking to add a prosthetic such as a witch nose, mole, or other small types of items, you can use water-proof eyelash adhesive, white Elmer’s glue or even corn syrup.
Sometimes using a sketch or photo’s for references from your favorite character is well worth it. No detail is too small, but make sure you use products only meant for application on skin and be sure that it is “safe for eyes” if you plan to use it near, or on your eyes.