12 Non-Toxic Halloween Makeup Alternatives Your Skin Will Love
So you’re walking through your local Halloween costume store trying to decide what you’ll transform into this year—and there it is: All the costume makeup inspiration you could ever imagine, staring right back at you. It couldn’t hurt just this once, right? Wrong. As someone with super sensitive, acne-prone skin, I can tell you that wearing cheap costume makeup, even for one night, can leave you with some seriously scary skin the next day. As much as I love the convenience of picking up an inexpensive makeup palette while buying a costume at the Halloween store, the cheap stuff usually includes some frightening ingredients.
According to a study published by Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, almost half of the Halloween makeup products they tested contained toxins, like parabens, talc, and ethoxylated ingredients. Face paint kits can be even more dangerous, and “oftentimes have high levels of nickel, cobalt, and chromium which give the products vibrant color of the paint, but are likely to trigger sensitivity or allergic reaction,” adds Rhonda Klein, MD, MPH, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and partner at Modern Dermatology in Westport, Conn. All of this is to say: It’s time to swap out the toxic stuff, your skin (and health) will be forever grateful. Plus, you won’t need to worry about making any costume sacrifices—these non-toxic makeup alternatives will still help you win first place in this year’s costume contest.