It's the end of the night on October 31st. The tricks have been treated, you've had all the Hallows' Eve fun. After a long day, you're ready to crash. But there's just one problem: Your face (or your kid's face) is slathered in scary-clown makeup. You know no one should go to bed looking like a ghoul, but you also know a washcloth and bar soap are no match for this cleansing task. The best ways to remove Halloween makeup? Read on.
Vaseline Pure Petroleum Jelly Original
Best for glues/adhesives
Viva Naturals Organic Coconut Oil
Best for Fake Lashes
Scotch-Brite Lint Roller
Best for surface glitter
Elemis Pro-Collagen Cleansing Balm
The Product You'll use All Year
Pond's Cold Cream
The old standby
Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser
The Fan Favorite
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water For Waterproof Makeup
Best For Waterproof Makeup
Bioderma Micellar Water Sensitive Skin
Burt's Bees Micellar Cleansing Water
The All-Natural Pick
Step 1: Remove glitter and/or adhesives
OK, so you really went for it this year — fake lashes, rock-star glitter, glued-on jewels, faux wounds, the works. Whatever your embellishments, you'll want to be careful taking them off to avoid damaging your skin and, potentially, leaving long-term marks. The key here is to go slow and be gentle — no ripping or tugging. As in so much of life, when removing Halloween makeup, patience is a virtue.
Step 2: Wash face with a cleansing balm
Don't let the fancy "balm" in the name fool you. What you need here is simple: a moisturizing cleaner that will tenderly lift all the greasy/cheap makeup pigments without you having to rub your face raw. Any of the following high-quality products will work — and they'll work fast.
Step 3: The final wash
You know how when you were a kid and your mom managed to get most of your Halloween makeup off but, still, you somehow walked around with raccoon eyes for a week no matter how much you washed your face? Or how you'd find weird red-devil residue on your earlobe while sitting in class on November 3rd? Well, I am here to tell you two things: 1. Face cleansing technology has advanced since 1986 and 2. Micellar water is the answer to your lingering Halloween-makeup woes.
Micellar water is not a scammy way to make you pay more for water, but actually a combination of water plus skin-moisturizing ingredients like glycerin and something called "surfactants" which, experts say, are like magnets for dirt. Micellar water is super lightweight and mild enough to use on any kind of skin; you apply it with a cotton ball or pad which makes it perfect for removing makeup from hard-to-reach places like ear crevices and the corners of your eyes. After you've finished, swipe one last round across the entire face with a clean cotton ball for a bonus post-Halloween glow.