Halloween Beauty Tips; Before & After

Halloween is almost here! My favorite holiday! As much fun as it is getting into costume, things like heavy costume makeup and wearing masks can affect your hair and skin. Here are some beauty tips for the Halloween season.

Protect your skin: If you will be using a product you’ve never tried before, think ahead. Check to make sure that you aren’t sensitive to its pigments, fragrance, or adhesive by applying a small amount of the product to the back of your hand, the wrist, or the inside bend of your elbow. If you aren’t itching or breaking out after a few hours have passed, it’s probably okay. If you do experience a problem, wash the product off immediately and find something else that will give you the look you want. If you will be using a latex product to produce special effects (scars, wounds, etc.), it is particularly important to test for sensitivity. Theatrical-quality liquid latex is FDA-approved for use on the skin, but be cautious about other liquid latex products—if the label doesn’t say it’s skin-safe, it isn’t. As always, use a mild cleanser to remove dirt and oil from the face before applying makeup. If you are using latex or a Halloween makeup kit, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a heavy moisturizer as a protective barrier between your skin and the product. Glitter on your face part of your costume? Do not apply it anywhere near the eyes—no matter what kind of adhesive you use, some of that glitter is going to fall off.

Halloween Makeup

 

Blemishes/Oily Skin: Whether you opt for heavy, oil-based face paint layered over your complexion, a pore-clogging rubber costume mask or the surge in sugary treats in your diet, there are many possible triggers for an acne outbreak during the Halloween season. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, it’s a good idea to skip the oily face makeup altogether. But, if you do decide to use it, be sure that you don’t leave it on for too long and definitely don’t go to sleep before you thoroughly cleanse your skin of every last trace. And while Halloween is the season to indulge in a few extra sugary sweets, don’t go too overboard. To ensure that your skin and hair are getting the nutrition they need, balance the candy with a few extra fruits and veggies. To achieve that ghostly pale face without the heavy costume makeup, look for the fairest shade of a water-based foundation that you can find.

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Hair Damage: Spray-on hair dyes are temporary and should wash out after a few shampoos, without leaving behind lasting damage to your locks. But when you pair chemical color with extra heat styling and heavy-duty products to hold your hair in place all night, your tresses may suffer some damage. Protect the luster of your locks by using a thermal protector when you style with heat. If you have fine hair or locks that are sensitive to chemical colors, skip the dyes and instead wear a wig or clip-in extensions. Add an Intense Repair Mask to your hair care routine after Halloween is over. This nourishing hair mask restores moisture, shine and hair strength by infusing powerful antioxidants and nutrients to each strand from root to tip. For awesome Halloween Hair stylin, check out Master Stylist Sam Panigua at 1100 Broadway Suite 100, San Antonio, TX 78215

Halloween Makeup- San Antonio, TX

Makeup by: Creeping Beauty Inc. Photography by: Vanessa Velazquez

 

Blisters: It’s necessary to compromise when it comes to picking the perfect shoes for your Halloween costume. From sky-high platform heels that you borrowed from a friend or lace-up black boots that are just a teeny bit to small, you may find yourself with sore, aching feet and bulging blisters before the night is over. Prevent blisters before they form by layering your feet with petroleum jelly, baby powder or Band-Aids to reduce the friction that causes blisters to form in the first place. And, consider slipping a pair of flip-flops or flats in your purse, just in case your Halloween shoes have you hobbling in pain.

Allergic reactions: From glitter and face paint to rubber masks and expired cosmetics, Halloween can expose your skin to lots of triggers for irritation, causing rashes, inflammation, itching and more. While those with sensitive skin are especially susceptible to irritations, everyone should be on alert with Halloween cosmetics. When it’s time to paint your face for Halloween, it’s tempting to dig out the old neon eye shadows, outdated red lip colors and last year’s face paint from the bottom of your bathroom drawer. Before you start applying them, check expiration dates. If a package doesn’t have an expiration date, examine it for questionable odors and unusual consistencies, which may signal contamination. Toss aside any products that have gone bad; using them can trigger a reaction. *Always perform a patch test to determine if a product is safe for your skin. To do this, simply apply a bit of product to a hidden patch of skin – like behind your ear or along the inside of your arm – and allow it to dry. Examine the area for any signs of irritation, including redness, bumps or itchiness.

Halloween makeup

Makeup by: Creeping Beauty Inc. Photography by: Vanessa Velazquez

 

Irritated Peepers: Many Halloween costumes call for eye makeup that’s heavier than usual. Glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint and false lashes can leave your eyes irritated, itchy and uncomfortable. Prevent eye irritation with a few easy tips. Eye-saving solutions: Avoid applying costume makeup – including glitter and glow-in-the-dark paint – near the eyes, and always use products that are meant for the face. The glitter in your craft supplies probably contains harsh metallic materials that could damage the eyes. Also, use lots of caution when applying false lashes – especially if it’s not a normal part of your routine. Using too much glue can cause your real lashes to fall out when you remove the false ones. Remove them very gently, or better yet, skip them altogether. With all of the great mascaras on the market, you can create a dramatic eye without the potential pain and suffering.

Removing makeup: Your latex special effects can be peeled off. Gentle washing with soap and water should take care of any remaining latex, but do not use oily makeup removers. Heavier-than-usual regular makeup may require several applications of baby oil, cold cream, or the makeup removal product you typically use. Use a cotton ball to cleanse the delicate skin around the eyes. Rinse, repeat, but DON’T SCRUB, especially if your skin is sensitive! Rubbing can cause more irritation than the makeup. Many Halloween makeup kits sold at this time of year include a small supply of cold cream, because that’s what generally works on these products. If the makeup is oily, baby oil will remove it—oil adheres to oil. Again, don’t scrub! Most glitter will wash off in the shower (again, protect your eyes!). Any stubborn pieces can be peeled off with scotch tape. A thin application of shaving cream will remove fake blood.

 

Restore your skin: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. If your skin is on the drier side, use a hydrating mask before moisturizing, if oily use a clarifying mask.  A nice exfoliant will help keep breakouts at bay and ensure fresh and vibrant skin after Halloween make up application! (My favorite is a scrub by Nuskin.) Or better yet, getting a professional facial is the ideal way restore your skin and pampering it for autumn. If you’re in the San Antonio, Texas area, give me a call! New clients can get a facial for only $40!

The Lil Spa Room

**Enjoy your favorite candy treats while minimizing the effects on your skin. Sugar can aggravate acne, so here are some candy indulging tips: Eat dark chocolate peanut M&M’s instead of Jelly Beans because you get a little protein in the nuts. Choose Snickers over Milky Way for the same reason. Dark chocolate is less harmful than milk chocolate, since it is higher in sugar and contains dairy, & has been linked to acne. Hope this helps on your candy selecting!

Play it safe when trick or treating and carry an antibacterial gel with you!

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Need awesome Halloween makeup done? Check out Creeping Beauty Inc., located at 4522 Fredricksburg Rd., San Antonio, TX 78201

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Easy Beauty Techniques

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Easy Beauty Techniques

Picking out a Red Lipstick

Choose a red that compliments your skin tone:

Light Skin: Cool blue-based reds.

Dark Skin: Pick a red with a touch of brown to highlight the warm hints of caramel in your skin.

Medium Skin: Go for an orangey shade.

Red Lipstick Tips

 

Working Out with Make-up

A common place for single women to wanna look cute is the gym. Whatever your reason is for hitting the gym, whether to really work out or check out all the single male scenery, you want to look your best. I am not a big gym goer by all means, but what I have noticed is how many woman are working out with makeup on. Think of how much you spend on your favorite Chanel compact and bronzer…is it really worth mixing it with workout sweat and having it melt off your face? Not to mention what it does to your skin!

Makeup mixed with sweat can attract bacteria that will clog your pores and cause breakouts, blemishes, and acne issues. So always cleanse your skin first thing in the morning before you workout and always after you workout, especially if wearing makeup is a must. Covering that shiny sweat after a workout with more powder or foundation is just yucky and totally dirty for the skin.

If you absolutely need a foundation, stick to a mineral powder, something not to cakey, heavy, and that does not have talc in it. If your wanting a little bit of a cheek glow, use a mineral bronzer or blush. If your more fair skin toned, you naturally get rosy cheeks once you get your blood circulating, so you do not even need to worry about blush or bronzer. Mineral based foundations, powders, blushes, and bronzers will not clog up your pores as much as regular makeup.

Cant leave the house without mascara? Always use waterproof, yes I know, waterproof mascara can be a bit of a pain in the rear to remove, but doesn’t it make more sense to put a little more effort into removing your mascara than to be working out looking like a raccoon? With that said, you know there is no need for eyeliner either.

If you want to add some color to your lips, you don’t need lipstick. Why look like your trying to go to the club at the gym? If you want to keep your lips hydrated, try a tinted lip balm. Unlike lipsticks and lip glosses, balms have wax in them and stick to the skin nicely and will not run when mixed with sweat.

So you see, you still can look cute while getting your workout on. And after your body is invigorated from your work out and your skin is nicely cleansed, go ahead and pack on as much of that makeup as you want…don’t forget your smoky eye makeup and high shine lip-gloss.

Enhance Your Eyecolor with Eyeshadow

Check out this cheat sheet for the best shades that will bring out your peepers:

Golden Blonde Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain Hair: Golden Blonde, Reddish Blonde Eyes: Bright Blue, Bright Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey Highlighter: Peach, Ivory, Pale Gold, Aqua Mascara: Brown, Dark Blue Eye Shadow: Grey, Blue, Purple, Green, Warm Brown

Ash Blonde Hair

Skin: Rosy Beige Hair: Ash Blonde Medium to Light Eyes: Soft Blue, Blue-Grey, Blue-Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey, Soft Green Highlighter: Pink, Aqua, Soft Grey, Soft Yellow, Ivory Mascara: Brown, Dark Blue Eye Shadow: Grey, Mauve, Blue, Blue-Green, Purple, Teal

Dark-Eyed Blonde Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain, Warm Beige Hair: Ash, Golden Blonde, Reddish Blonde Eyes: Hazel, Green, Dark Teal

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Grey, Black Highlighter: Beige, Ivory, Peach, Light Gold Mascara: Brown, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Brown, Warm Green, Gold, Bronze, Teal

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Light-Medium Brunette Hair

Skin: Porcelain, Light Olive Hair: Medium to Dark Brown Eyes: Bright Blue, Blue-Grey, Blue-Green

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Blue, Black, Grey, Purple Highlighter: Pale Blue, Pink, Grey, Ivory Mascara: Black, Navy, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Grey, Blue, Purple, Turquoise

Dark Brunette Hair

Skin: Olive, Porcelain, Warm or Cool Beige, Black Hair: Black, Dark Brown, Dark Auburn Eyes: Dark Brown, Hazel

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Black, Grey, Brown, Purple, Dark Green Highlighter: Ivory, Pale Gold, Yellow, Apricot, Pink Mascara: Black, Black-Brown Eye Shadow: Grey, Brown, Purple, Teal, Dark Blue

Red Head Hair

Skin: Ivory, Porcelain, Golden Beige, Freckled Hair: Auburn, Red, Warm Brown Eyes: Dark Brown, Hazel, Green, Golden

Suggested Eye Color Makeup Eye Liner: Brown, Green Highlighter: Gold, Ivory, Bronze, Peach Mascara: Black, Brown Eye Shadow: Brown, Green, Gold, Rust, Purple

Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April M Monerrosa, Festival People, CovergirlPictured is my favorite eyeshadow quad “Sugar Coat” by CoverGirl. You can pull off a daytime and evening look with these 4 different colors.

Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April Monterrosa

Kool-Aid Day Lip Stain

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Saw this really cool lip trick!
KOOL-AID Lip stain!
It really does work and last. Here’s how:

STEP ONE: Pick your flavor using this guide (or mix a couple to find your perfect hue):

Cherry = orange red
Tropical Punch = bright red
Peach Mango = peach
Pink Lemonade = Barbie pink
Strawberry Kiwi = light red
Grape = purple
You can pour it into a little bowl but can also use the packet as your container!

STEP TWO: Dampen your finger (the lovely model Carissa licked hers but I don’t want to sound unprofessional, lol!). Press your finger in the powder to pick up one coat.

STEP THREE: Rub your finger all over your lips. Try not to eat it immediately; it is sooo hard because it’s so good!

STEP FOUR: Dampen a Q-tip to go back over it and smooth out any clumps or uneven edges.

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