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Make-Up That Makes A Masterpiece

The key to making your face into a master disguise this year is proper preparation. There are so many products and companies out there, that choosing which ones to use can be quite confusing. These quick tips should help make your make-up application and maintenance easy this Halloween.

Foundation

You want to do what you can to protect your skin prior to using heavy make-up and face paint during Halloween. Before you begin putting products on, make sure your face is washed and clean. Start with a light moisturizer that will gently keep your skin from drying out beneath the make-up. Some people even put a light coat of Vaseline, to keep the face paints and heavy make-up from ruining their skin. Apply a base make-up all over your face and neck before using bolder colors and techniques. Always read the labels of the products to see which base works best.

Quality Products

With so many products to choose from, you don’t want to get lost in the shuffle and false ads. Some key words to be on the lookout for are: safe, sensitive skin, hypo-allergenic, removable, and approved. This is especially important when purchasing make-up for children and teenagers, who tend to have ultra-sensitive skin. If you wear contact lenses make sure the products you use are user-friendly and safe for contact lens wearers.

Old-Age Effect

Scrunch-up your face first, to emphasize your “natural” wrinkles. Apply make-up that is lighter than your natural skin-tone. Work on small areas at a time for optimal results. Then, “de-scrunch” and fill in the creases in your skin by using a soft brown eye-liner pencil. Create sunken-cheeks by darkening the cheek hollows. Emphasize the creases around your nose and darken along your jaw line. Create crow’ feet near your eyes (with the pencil). Pucker your lips to create wrinkles around your mouth the same way. Be sure to add liver spots, broken capillaries for the full effect. Use the same techniques on your hands to keep the theme all over. When you are all down, powder all over with baby powder to set your make-up and give a dry-cracked skin appearance. You can also use baby powder in your hair for a graying effect.

Five O'clock Shadow

Burn a piece of cork and rub on the lower portion on your face in the shape of a beard. Create stubble by using ground coffee or tea stuck onto your skin with eyelash adhesive.

Facial Hair

Cut some fur off of an old stuffed animal and apply over face with eyelash adhesive. Apply a simple, light-weight mustache with a mascara wand.

Ghoulish Skin

For skin that actually peels and falls off, use any type of peel-off facial mask, which can be found in most drug stores.

Clean and Clear

One common mistake made year after year is not properly cleansing faces after make-up removal. Costume and theatre make-up can wreak havoc on sensitive skin. Always remember to gently remove any make-up, cleanse with a cleanser that is ideal for your skin type and follow up with a mild-astringent to remove any access residue. With these great tips in place, you’ll have make-up that will make a lasting impression.
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