How to Keep Halloween Makeup in Place

August 25, 2021
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
How to Make Sure Your Halloween Makeup Won’t Budge

What’s scarier than a horror film or a spooky costume? Spending hours perfecting your Halloween makeup look only to have it crease, smudge or melt off before the night is over. To find out how to avoid this beauty nightmare, we asked Lancôme beauty advisor Olivia Thompson to share her advice. Read on for three ways to keep your Halloween makeup in place, whether you’re piling on the glitter, fake blood or bright eyeliner this year. 

Layer Your Setting Products

The key to maintaining your Halloween makeup is to layer setting products as you go, especially if you’ll be layering shades of face paint or pigments. After getting down one layer, set it with a setting powder like the Maybelline New York Banana Powder. Then move on to the next and do the same. At the end, you’ll want to add a layer of setting spray to the final look. We love using a spritz of either the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray or the Dermablend Lock and Last Water-Resistant Setting Spray to help makeup stay put. 

Maybelline New York Banana Powder

Set With the Same Shade as Your Pigments

Thompson likes to set with a powder that’s the same color or tone as the face paint or makeup. While it‘s typically difficult to find brightly-colored setting powders, Thompson says that you can use a powder eyeshadow. “Use an eyeshadow or blush color to set those bright and vivid paints,” she says. “It works like a dream and you get a lot more variety in color.” For lipstick, opt for a smudge-proof, budge-proof formula, like the Urban Decay Vice Lipstick.

Consider Glitter Primer Your Secret Weapon

To set adhesives or glitter, stick with a primer specifically meant for it. “Instead of setting glitter eye makeup, I like to prime it to ensure longevity,” says Thompson. Try the NYX Professional Makeup Glitter Primer — it does a great job of keeping sparkles in place. 

Photo: Chaunte Vaughn

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