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Lisa Milbrand on Oct 21, 2011 at 4:40PM

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Worry About: Toxic Halloween Makeup

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a Lisa Milbrand on Oct 15, 2010 at 4:04PM

Some Halloween makeup seems to get recalled nearly every year -- whether because it’s laden with lead or teeming with bacteria.

What to do: Skip the discount-store kits and instead opt for theatrical-quality makeup by companies like Ben Nye and Kryolan -- they're made of higher quality ingredients. Or get the look by purchasing standard cosmetics by reputable companies like Almay and MAC and using them as Halloween face paint.

If you do choose Halloween makeup, check the expiration date and be sure the color additives were approved for use on the body area you plan to color. (See this list by the FDA.) You can also look up the products you plan to use on the Environmental Working Group’s cosmetic database, which lists items that have potentially dangerous chemicals.

And no matter what kind of makeup you use, test it out on your child’s arm a few days beforehand, to make sure she doesn’t have an allergic reaction.

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