7 Ways To Ensure Your Skin Stays Allergy Free This Halloween

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Along with pumpkin lattes and scary movies, fancy dress is one of the best parts of Halloween. Whether you’re plumping for Mean Girl Regina George’s simple bunny ensemble or going all out like zombie bride Cady Heron, October 31st is one of the few occasions you can try out a new look.

While costume makeup, wigs and black lipstick might be one of the easiest ways to overhaul your look, Halloween makeup can be seriously harsh on your skin because often it’s packed with artificial dyes, fragrances, waxes and oils. These nasties clog pores, which can cause breakouts and irritated skin.

Luckily for beauty buffs, there’s a few simple ways to avoid waking up on the 1st November looking scarier than you did the night before…

Create a barrier:

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Always apply a good quality, oil-free moisturiser – like Dermalogica Active Moist, £33.50 – to create a barrier between your skin and makeup. For extra protection, a primer, such as Estee Lauder Perfecting Illuminating Primer, £25 is indispensible.

Steer clear of costume makeup:

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Thick makeup from your local fancy dress shop could wreck havoc with sensitive skin. Luckily, plenty of high street and high - end brands have a plethora of makeup designed for Halloween. Use only high quality, hypoallergenic makeup and always test it out on the back of your hand in advance to see if it triggers a reaction.

Ilamasqua has an amazing array of makeup in plummy tones perfect for Halloween, I love the Sacred Hour Collection Lipstick Shard, £19.99 and Pure Pigment Eyeshadow Draco One Colour, £17.99

Likewise, fake blood is often made using a specific red dye that can sometimes react badly with a petroleum base, leaving skin irritated. So why not try making some your own fake blood using flour, corn syrup and red food colouring?

Mineral magic:

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If you don’t usually wear much makeup and want to trial a trend but have sensitive skin, mineral makeup is a brilliant option. Unlike thick, creamy lotions, mineral powers, foundations and blushers – such as bareMinerals ‘ready’ blusher, £22 which sits on top of the skin rather than absorbing into the skin resulting in less clogged pores.

Remove makeup thoroughly – and with care:

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No matter how many spooky cocktails you’ve had, removing your makeup at the end of the night is essential when it comes to keeping skin in good condition. Start by sweeping a cotton pad doused in micellar water across your face, I like Simple’s Water Boost Micellar Cleansing Water, £6.99.

Next, use a creamy cleanser like Shiseido Benefiance Extra Creamy Cleansing Foam, £34 and massage it into your skin. Don’t be afraid to use fingers and knuckles to really get the grime out and always double cleanse to ensure you’ve removed every last scrap of makeup.