Halloween Prep

With Halloween around the corner, it is the perfect occasion to go all out with your makeup. Whether this be face-paint, full coverage foundation or fake blood and latex wounds that completes your outfit, it can have adverse effects on your skin.

As amazing as an intense makeup look for the Halloween occasion is, the highly pigmented formulas to provide the heavy coverage needed, the more frustrating the face issues can be. From clogged pores, to allergic reactions, the effects of the Halloween festivities can continue well into November with the frustrating effects on your skin, making you resemble an actual Zombie once its all over.

This blog post is to suggest precautions you can take before and after applying Halloween makeup to keep your skin looking and feeling healthy.


Make sure before you purchase any form of Halloween makeup you read the ingredients. Halloween may only be for one night, but it’s important you know what you’re putting on your face. Crazy make up looks are usually created using formulated products that include toxic chemicals that are harsh for the skin. Cosmetics that achieve these heavy stage makeup looks include fragrances and preservatives are known to clog pores due to their thick formula, that cause irritation to the skin.

While reactions to these products might go with the theme of Halloween, and make your costume slightly more scarily, we’ll assume that an allergic reaction is something you’d prefer to avoid. We recommend you do a spot test before you rub something all over your face to check for adverse reactions to the products you’re wishing to use. It’s also important to be careful with different glues you use with latex wounds, as these can be very dangerous if you don’t realise you have an allergy.


Like with all makeup application, it’s important to treat the skin correctly beforehand to ensure makeup goes on smoothly but also so it doesn’t cause long-term damage to the skin. Its recommended that you use a good primer or a moisturiser before applying your Halloween makeup to create a barrier for no direct contact with your face, to help avoid any breakouts.

We also recommend here at the Lounge to have a HydraFacial before and after the Halloween period. This is because the HydraFacial replenishes essential nutrients, hydrates with antioxidants and protects the skin from damage cause by all manner of nasties and thing that go bump in the night, leaving your skin clean, nourished and rejuvenated without any horror show side effects. Perfect to prep the skin before the Halloween occasion but also perfect to pull off the best trick after Halloween and treat yourself to a HydraFacial to banish dead skin cells to the afterlife to leave your skin looking out of this world again.


This may seem like an obvious tip, but make sure you remove the makeup as soon as the night is over. Try avoiding passing out before you’ve done the removal ritual to avoid the risk of clogging your pores but also avoid the terrifying morning after look. The removal ritual needs to include more than just a makeup wipe. You need to also include a gentle cleanser, make up remover and exfoliation to ensure your skin is perfectly clear.

If your Halloween costume includes any latex or bloody prosthetic, it’s also important you remove these correctly. You need to ensure you remove this first and foremost. You need to make sure you’ve purchased an adhesive remover as normal makeup remover won’t do the trick.