Updated: 2018, Dec 7

How to Remove Your Makeup Without Messing Up Your Face

By - Reviewed by CHD Team
Remove Your Makeup Without Messing Up Your Face

Halloween has arrived once again, and millions of people are getting out their costumes and makeup kits to have some fun in celebration of this annual event. While some people go for just a basic makeup routine for the night’s party, others tend to go “all out” when it comes to getting their face ready for that big night out with a group of friends.

No matter what theme a person may opt for, there is often quite a lot of makeup involved when a person gets their game on for that upcoming Halloween party. Unfortunately, after the night has gone by, people tend to come home to a disappointment – finding that they have to somehow get rid of all the makeup they applied to their faces.

Should You Bother Removing Your Makeup The Night After The Party?

Let’s face it – when you attend a Halloween party, you will most likely not get home too early. Many people end up partying until very early in the morning – you have spent a lot of money on your costume and quite a lot of time to do your hair and makeup, so why waste all of the time and money you have spent by being home at nine for an early night.

Celebration of Halloween

While it may be fun to stay out all night in celebration of Halloween, once you get home, you may feel like hitting the bed as soon as you can. The last thing you want to do is remove all of that makeup you have applied to your face earlier in the night.

Many people search for an answer to the question as to whether or not it is okay to leave their Halloween makeup on for the night and take care of it in the morning – this does not only account for Halloween makeup, but also for other nights when makeup is used and you get home late and finding that you do not have the energy to go through the effort or removing that makeup.

The short answer is no, it is not okay to wear makeup while you sleep. Even though many people do still tend to sleep with their makeup on when they do not feel like first taking it off before hitting the bed, it is important to consider the potential adverse effects that could be experienced when makeup is not removed prior to getting into bed.

While sleeping, the entire body goes through many important functions – including the regeneration of important cells, such as skin cells. Style Caster[1] explains that, when makeup such as foundation is left on overnight, the skin’s natural microcirculation process is inhibited by the makeup.

Inhibited by the makeup

This prevents the skin from renewing dead skin cells. It also causes collagen to break down, which leads to signs of aging, such as wrinkles, starting to develop sooner. Sleeping with your makeup on can also clog your pores, which can cause bacteria to accumulate in the pores. This will then cause acne spots to develop.

Foundation is not the only particular type of makeup that should be completely avoided at night. Lipstick is another culprit. When you sleep without first taking off your lipstick, you will most likely cause your lips to become very dry. Many people find that sleeping with lipstick causes chapping as well. Mascara can also cause a condition known as conjunctivitis and make your eyelashes break more easily.

Best Way To Remove Your Halloween Makeup

Now that we have established that it is, in fact, very important to remove your Halloween makeup before you go to sleep after that night out, we should take a look at the most appropriate method for removing the face paint or makeup you have applied to your face.

It is important to note that there are many different ways to remove these substances from your face, but not all of these methods are safe for your skin. While removing the makeup from your face, you should also make sure that you remove everything and not leave traces of makeup behind on your face.

Removing the makeup

Before removing the makeup that you have applied, it should be noted that different substances are often removed in different ways. Thus, for the removal of your Halloween facial features, you should start by considering what you have used to decorate your face with. While many people turn to makeup to help them create those scary faces, others rather turn to face paints when they are seeking a more creative or colorful creation on their face.

If you did not opt for regular makeup, then Wonder How To[2] recommends consulting the label of the product you have used to decorate your face with first. Many of these products contain instructions on how the substances can be effectively removed after application without harming the skin. Be sure to follow these instructions if they are provided.

If you have used stage or costume makeup for your face’s decorations, then Allure [3]recommends using a special product to loosen the makeup before you try to remove it. For example, a pre-treatment can be used to remove lipstick or mascara. Similarly, some facial oils can also help to loosen tough makeup particles on your face; thus making it much easier to lift and remove the makeup completely when you get to the part where you use your cleanser.

Some makeup removers can also be beneficial in this case, but note that not all makeup removers are 100% safe for your skin – be sure to look at the label first and make sure the alcohol content is not too high.

Makeup Arsenal

For those who play it safe and stick to their regular makeup arsenal, removing the makeup after coming back from the Halloween party should not be a tough job at all. In such a case, a cleanser that has the ability to remove makeup is often a great way to get rid of the makeup, while also cleaning out the skin’s pores to ensure no buildup occurs, which may lead to an acne breakout.

If the makeup was applied heavily, a makeup remover can be useful prior to using a cleanser. This will help to remove most of the makeup – the leftover particles can then be lifted and washed away with a gentle cleanser.


On Halloween night, all you might be thinking of is the fun you will be having at that upcoming party – the booze, the friends and the music all blends in perfectly together to make the perfect night. During the preparation for the party, you may be keen on applying a lot of makeup to your face – this will help you match the character you have chosen for yourself during the Halloween party.

While this is all and well, removing the makeup from your face when you get home might be the last thing on your mind – but not properly removing the makeup you have applied to your face can brittle eyelashes, acne and many other skin-related problems; thus making sure you follow appropriate instructions to remove your Halloween makeup before you go to bed should be a top priority after your Halloween party this year.

Image Credits
Feature Image: Shutterstock.com
In-Post Image: Shutterstock.com
View All