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How to Wear Body Paint

The Right Way to Apply Body Paint For Halloween

How to Wear Body Paint
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Halloween is a holiday for makeup-lovers, and true cosmetic fans will not be restricted to just the face. Oh no, we want costumes that require head-to-toe creativity. With a canvas as large as the human body, regular foundation and eyeshadow won't do — you need body paint. Once you know where to look, there are a plethora of body-paint ideas to choose from. But before you pull out the paint, douse yourself in pigment, and start creating body-paint art, there are a few things you need to know.

Lijha Stewart, Make Up For Ever director of artistry and education for North America, broke down all the body-makeup basics for us, from what kind of body-paint kit to look for and how to prep the skin before application to how to remove body paint at the end of the night. Armed with these Halloween makeup hacks, you're ready to really lean into your theme for the spook-filled holiday. You can go a couple of different ways with this: some costumes allow for sexy body paint, while others utilize very simple body paint — it all depends on your level of experience and commitment.

This is the year you finally go for the full body-paint look and dress up as green Gamora from "Guardians of the Galaxy" — or blow everyone away with glow-in-the-dark body paint — and dominate the local costume contest.

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