Status Apply Costume Paint Like a Pro

Whether revelers are dressing up for a costume party or just for fun, face paint allows them to transform into their character wholeheartedly. However, applying face paint is trickier than slapping on makeup for the daily routine. It’s important to apply, touch up and remove costume makeup correctly to avoid peeling or cracked areas and to protect the skin.

Get Ready

Before applying a base, it’s important to start with a fresh, clean face and make sure the skin is dry. Instead of a moisturizer, a good primer is the first step of beautiful costume makeup. This gives costume makeup something to adhere to, which is important due to its thicker consistency. After the primer is dry, it’s time for the fun part.

Put it On

Go for face paint that can really make an impact. For example, for a night out clubbing, partiers want bright colors that stand out and face paint that glows in the dark. Otherwise, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of faces when someone wants the deejay to crank out their favorite mix.

For looks that don’t involve painting the brows, it’s a good idea to put on some Vaseline as a barrier to the pigments. The same concept applies for the hairline. The Vaseline should be easy to remove after the makeup has been applied.

A brush blends paint into smaller areas around the lips and eyes beautifully, while a sponge is an easy way to apply colors to the entire face without irritating the skin. For best results, painting in one color at a time and waiting for it to dry prevents excessive, unintentional bleeding. Quick, short strokes reduce the likelihood of streaking.

To redo a small area, DIY makeup artists can wet a Q-tip or cotton ball and quickly wipe away mistakes. Completed masks should be lightly coated with translucent powder.

Blacklight parties are fun for adults and kids and the perfect place to show off DIY glow-in-the-dark makeup.

Take it Off

After the party, it’s time to take off the makeup and return to reality. Scrubbing off costume makeup irritates the skin. Instead, wearers can lather a bit of baby shampoo and massage it gently to remove the paint bit by bit. The process could take some time, depending on how thick the makeup was. After the makeup is all off, a generous layer of moisturizer helps the skin rehydrate quickly.

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Melissa Thompson

Melissa is a mother of 2, lives in Utah, and writes for a multitude of sites. She is currently the EIC of and writes about health, wellness, and business topics.