How to Best Prep & Remove Halloween/Stage/Costume Make Up!

Since I’m doing 31 days of Halloween make up tutorials, I had better show how to properly remove the make up which can be heavier than most people are used to.

First of all — Prep your skin properly! It will help with the make up removal and help you from breaking out!

  • Cleanse your skin with an non-oily cleanser such as Cetaphil to remove any oil and dirt.
    An oil based cleanser can sometimes leave an oily residue making it harder for the make up to properly set.

If possible avoid oil based make up, if it can’t be avoided, apply an oil absorbing primer over your moisturizer before applying your make up.  Do this even if you have dry skin because most Halloween make up kits and oil based stage make up are too oily for even dry skin.

  • Always apply primer if your are applying Halloween/stage/costume make up to help the make up adhere better and last longer.  Use primer that is appropriate for your skin type unless as stated above you  are using oil based make up.

Never share your make up this leads to spreading germs and clean your make up tools after every use or every other use!

Halloween/stage/costume makeup was not meant to stay on your face for long periods of time. It can clog your pores and cause acne breakouts.  You may require a more heavy-duty makeup remover than you normally use. Wash your entire face thoroughly at the end of the night, and never sleep in your makeup!

  • For heavy make up like this I suggest using an oil based make up remover and cleansing your face twice once with a gentle cleanser like Cetaphil and once with your regular cleanser to remove all traces of the make up.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil Premium A/I
or any other cleansing oil is a great to use as an oil based make up remover

If you are wearing a mask or have never used the make up before — ALWAYS READ THE LABEL!!!!  You maybe be allergic to an ingredient or even the mask (latex, etc.!) 

  • You may want to have Benadryl and Cortisone cream on hand in case of allergic reaction.  Of course call a Doctor immediately and don’t take either over the counter medication if not recommended by the doctor!


  1. Cetaphil is still my all time favorite moisturising cleanser!


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