Halloween offers the perfect opportunity to glam or ghoul it up with gobs of makeup. Gooey grease paint, freaky false eyelashes and eery eyeliner colors. . . However, do not be spooked by the residue mess of face-paint post-party. After the trick-or-treating is over, Frankenstein and his bride have some not-so-creepy tips for makeup removal, especially when it involves those precious and sensitive areas around the eyes!
One of the best tips comes even before your face-painting begins. Know what is in your makeup! The best makeup for easy removal is water based. Also, use an assortment of brushes or foam pads for application. Do NOT share your brushes with others, as sharing increases your chance for contamination and infection.
Tip 1: Baby wipes – sensitive eye type wipes do a better job. Baby wipes aren’t just for cute little bottoms! Using a circular motion with the wipe, start by gently rubbing as much makeup off as you can. For this step you will need several wipes. Baby wipes are particularly fantastic for makeup removal on children or contact lens wearers!
Tip 2: Mild facial cleaner with an exfoliator. This might not be possible for the kids, but works great for adults. Be sure to select a facial cleaner for sensitive eyes, especially for those with dry eye!
Tip 3: Mineral oil. This works like magic and better than alternatives such as baby oil. Use cotton rounds with a generous amount of mineral oil to remove any remaining makeup residue from around the eyes. This works wonders for temporary tattoos too! Follow with a warm water rinse.
Tip 4: Lotion. Sensitive skin types can become irritated after a night in costume makeup. Help calm it with lotion. Be sure to use a lotion without parabens.
Side note: Artificial tears! Yes, a night in gooey makeup can make you cry! Everyone can be sensitive to too much makeup, not just dry eye sufferers. . .This is great time to use artificial tears to soothe any irritation in your eyes. Your eyes may also be bloodshot the next day, BUT, refrain from reaching for any red-eye reducing eyedrops. These contain chemicals that will make an irritated, red-eye even worse.
With a little preparation and the right tools for clean up, makeup can continue to be a fun part of costumes for all ages! Don’t forget to remove all makeup before sleeping, otherwise you will have a very bad Nightmare on Elm Street!
TFOS Member, Leslie E. O’Dell, OD, FAAO
The May Eye Care Center and Associates
Your Vision is Our Focus