9 Easy Solutions To Remove Stubborn Halloween Makeup

Your Halloween costume is never complete without some fantastic, spooky makeup. But now that your night of Halloween fun is over, you’re left with a full face of crazy makeup when we all know we’d rather just crawl into bed.

Sure you have your pack of makeup wipes, but that’s not going to cut it with the amount of makeup on your face, especially if you used water-proof paint or glitter.

Don’t worry! You won’t be stuck scrubbing your face trying to take off glitter at 3 a.m.

Listed below are 9 ways to successfully take off that pesky Halloween makeup with some tips and tricks.

Oil-based Makeup Remover


Using an oil-based makeup remover is the best way remove fake blood, prosthetics, adhesives, and waterproof paints from your face and body. Special effects makeup artist Faina Rudshteyn recommends the PPI Telesis Makeup Remover, which is designed explicitly for adhesives and is gentle to your skin, even around the eyes.

Coconut Oil

An alternative to the oil-based makeup remover is using coconut oil. Coconut oil will help to dissolve water-based body paints and also moisturize your skin at the same time. After scrubbing makeup off your skin all night, your skin will desperately need some soothing moisture.

Baby Oil For Tough Stains

Face paint should come off quickly with some soap and water. But if you have any lingering paint stains, baby oil will take those right off!

Loosen Adhesive On False Lashes

An easy trick to remove false lashes is loosening the adhesive instead of just ripping them off your eyelids. Use cotton pads or rounds and soak them with makeup remover. Then press and hold them to your eye for a few seconds so that the makeup remover can loosen the lash glue. After a few seconds, your false lashes should be able to easily peel off.

Petroleum Jelly


Many drag performers and special effect artists will block out their eyebrows using glue to lay the eyebrow hairs flat. So if you have any leftover product stuck in your brows from your makeup, drag queen The Vixen suggests using Vaseline Cocoa Butter Petroleum Jelly to loosen and help remove the stubborn glue.

Lint Roller For Stubborn Body Glitter

Using loose glitter for your Halloween look? We all know glitter is always a pain to remover. An instant solution to this problem is using a lint roller over your skin to easily remover body glitter.

Tape To Take Off Face Glitter

If you’re using glitter on your face, using pieces of scotch tape and dabbing your skin can be a simple way to remove makeup.

Cold Cream


Pond’s Cold Cream is an old school classic product to remove makeup. It’s formulated to melt away full-coverage makeup. Massage a small amount of product all over your skin, and finsh by wiping it away with a towel.

Micellar Water


Micellar water is great to remove all types of waterproof makeup and any residue left behind from other products. Ue a cotton round and wipe the water over your face to remove any product without having to scrub.

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