The dos and don'ts of Halloween makeup on children

Can you be a fairy without glittery eyes or a vampire without dripping blood? Certainly, you can't pull off princess without long lashes or the Hulk without a green face. Makeup completes many the costume, but it can also be irritating and itchy, and it can cause allergic reactions.

So, while your Goth queen absolutely needs her raven lips, you should follow these five simple tips to ensure cosmetics don't end up ruining the fun.
  1. Check the label. Not all Halloween makeup is safe to use on the face and around the eyes.
  2. Fake blood can be toxic. Don't assume you can use it around the eyes or the mouth. Again, check the label.
  3. Less is more when it comes to children. Try to get away with the minimum amount of makeup, as it will likely just end up smeared all over their face and hands. A couple of whiskers with a waterproof liner for your little cat or bright red lips for your drama queen is often enough to make them feel complete.
  4. Only use cosmetic glitter on the face. Do not supplement with craft glitter, especially around the eyes.
  5. Avoid sharing lipstick. Use an applicator instead of applying directly if more than one person is using the stick.
Happy Halloween everyone!
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