Whether you're making your Halloween party appearance as the bride of Frankenstein or a cute little bunny, your costume won't be complete without a bit of special-effect makeup. And though dressing up is a lot of fun, dealing with face-painting products can be daunting. We asked celebrity makeup artist Tyrone Traylor to give us a few foolproof tips to help make your fright-night face a success!
- The day before you plan to wear your costume, make sure to do a patch test of the face paint you'll be using. These heavy-duty cosmetics are much higher in pigment than regular cosmetics and can cause a reaction on sensitive skin. Apply a small amount of the makeup to the inside fold of your arm and leave on for at least a half hour to make sure there is no adverse reaction.
- If you plan to paint your entire face, a foundation primer can be your best friend. These lightweight pre-makeup products create a barrier between your skin and the makeup to help prevent staining.
- Painting your face one color can be tricky. Greasepaint is called that for a reason; it's very oily and can be difficult to work with. Tyrone recommends applying the color with your fingers and using a tapping motion to blend.
- To make sure your makeup lasts the night, you'll want to set it with loose powder. Make sure the powder is translucent, which is colorless, and not the powder you use to set your makeup everyday, which most likely contains pigment and could alter the color of your makeup.
- When you're ready to return to your old self, you'll need a tub of cold cream on hand. These heavy, oil-based cleansers do an excellent job of breaking down the oils in greasepaint and can be found in any drugstore. Once you've removed all the makeup, it's a good idea to wash your face again with your normal cleanser to rid your skin of any residual makeup and grease.