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How To Remove Halloween Makeup So Your Skin And Sheets Won't Hate You The Next Morning

No, face wipes won't cut it.

Because nobody wants to wake up to bloody bedsheets. 

As skincare obsessed as I am, I'm the first to admit that I find taking my makeup off to be the ultimate chore. And that's when my makeup consists of concealer and a touch of mascara. So I get how tempting it can be to "forget" to take your makeup off. 

But with Halloween weekend looming, "forgetting" just isn't an option. By now, you've likely expertly planned your beauty look for the big occasion, but have you considered how'll you'll be removing the most stubborn bits of glitter and paint once the night is over?

I can still recall a fateful Halloween five years ago when, after a long night of sporting a full face of Scar from The Lion King makeup, I came home to find I had run out of cleanser. The dramatic Halloween beauty look, which had taken an excessive amount of time to apply, took even longer to remove. 

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A task so tedious that once I could see some part of my skin, I gave up. Sure getting to bed at a reasonable hour meant I woke up hangover free but my skin and sheets were left in a worse state than my head ever could be after a few G&Ts. 

Thus, to help avoid such predicaments caused by face-painted Halloween looks, I've taken it upon myself to compile the best products to remove Halloween makeup. From the toughest of paints to the stickiest of glitters, these cleansers will leave you barefaced so that your skin and sheets won't hate you. 

For The Lazy Ghoul 

For those who prefer to keep things simple with a straightforward sweep of a cotton pad, Moxi Loves Bare Faced is your go-to. Infused with cleanser, simply add a few drops of water and suddenly the stubbornest of makeup (including waterproof) products are removed. While they shouldn't be relied upon to completely clear your face of Halloween makeup, they're a good starting point to take off most layers of makeup and face paints.

Bare Faced, €3.95, Moxi Loves

For the face-paint frenzied

If there's still a significant amount of makeup left after using Bare Faced, a tried-and-true makeup remover can help. Oftentimes, an everyday makeup remover won't cut it for taking off Halloween makeup. This French formulation—trusted by models and makeup artists during fashion week—is an industry favourite that can tackle even the most stubborn runway looks.

Bioderma Sensiobio H20 Micellar Water, €16.99, Boots

For the spookily shiny

So you were inspired by Euphoria and decided to dip your entire face into a cauldron of glitter – we've been there – but attempting to remove glitter without the right equipment will leave you tempted to let the hoover at your face...don't do that. Like all stubborn makeup, glitter is best removed with some cleansing oil and a cotton pad. Soak the cotton pad with the oil and glide it over your skin in a grabbing, sweeping gesture, as opposed to rubbing which will simply move the glitter around your face. Once you've loosened everything up with the oil, cleanse your face as you normally would, and go in with a muslin cloth to mop up every scrap of sparkle. Oh and this one from Kiehls is infused with lavender means you'll sleep better than the dead. 

Midnight Recovery Botanical Cleansing Oil, €35, Kiehl's at Arnotts

For The boujee Witch   

This cleanser not only helps remove all that Halloween makeup on your face but it allows your skin to glow from within. It also evens out your skin tone and battles any pesky breakouts that happen to pop up along the way. While we can’t tell you exactly what is in the Miracle Broth, we can tell you it’s worth washing your face with – forever.

Cleansing Foam, €95, La Mer

For the existential extra

Last but not least, if you're using prosthetics in your Halloween beauty look, be sure to invest in some spirit gum remover beforehand so you're equipped to properly remove everything at the end of the night. Use a cleansing oil from above if needed to make it easier to wash away.

Spirit Gum Remover, €16.99, Mehron

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