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How to Make Halloween Makeup Last

Make Your Halloween Makeup Stay The Night

With the wrong Halloween makeup, your witch costume can become a melting witch costume by the end of the night. Makeup that stays put is imperative in pulling off the ultimate ensemble. Here are some tips to help your getup last through all the festivities.

  • Makeup stays longer on hydrated skin. Be sure not to slack on your moisturizer and eye cream.
  • Use professional stage makeup. "Usually over-the-counter makeup lines are called washable cream makeup, and they will smear and rub off," says Dominic Cruz, Education Director at Kryolan. If you don't have access to cake makeup, he recommends setting your look with powder.
  • Choose a long-wearing or waterproof concealer, like Maybelline Cover Stick Waterproof Concealer ($5).
  • Use an eye shadow base or primer, like L'Oreal De-Crease Eyeshadow base ($9).
  • Curl lashes, and use a waterproof mascara if your costume includes it. If you need to wear false lashes, bring extras and glue for any touch-ups.
  • If your disguise requires flushed cheeks, layer more than one kind of blush (powder, gel, stain) to make the color last longer.
  • Use a long-wearing eye pencil on brows instead of brow pencil. Also use it for fake moles or freckles (that means you, Marilyn).
  • If you need to create the illusion of big lips, use concealer all over your lips before applying either liner or lip stain and then lipstick. If you need to tweak the shape, use a reverse lip liner.
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runswimmerrun runswimmerrun 6 years
I also used to spray hairspray on pencil and charcoal sketches in art school.
nikkisoda nikkisoda 7 years
Thanks for the tip retrodarlin!
retrodarlin retrodarlin 7 years
i learned a great tip from a drag queen. spray a light mist of hairspray all over your face after your make up is done. it works like a charm. i have very oily skin and my make up last all day if i do this!!
valancyjane valancyjane 8 years
I should have read this before Saturday night ... my "freckles" were gone within 2-3 hours and my rouge didn't last much longer. Waaah.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 8 years
thanks for the tips..I need to make my makeup last longer.
0037sammie 0037sammie 8 years
I dont need to paint black circles on my eyes, they are permanantly there anyway =/
otaku otaku 8 years
that picture is the worst halloween makeup i've ever seen! hehe
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