You’ve done it. You’ve made it through all the Halloween festivities — the school parties and parades, the costume going on and off and back on again, the trick-or-treating, the chocolate-consumption negotiations — without any major mishaps.
But now, just moments before your kids crash in a sugared-up-yet-exhausted heap of emotion, you have to remove that face makeup. Your green-faced Hulk and white-faced vampire both need a good scrub before bedtime, but the last thing you want to do is cause any tears.
All face makeup and paints are not created equal; some will submit to you easier than others. But these three steps should conquer most makeup without causing any lasting hard feelings:
First: Baby Shampoo
Start with a basic soapy wash with warm water. Wet the face first, then lather the soap in with your fingers. A gentle baby shampoo works best if you have that on hand.
Next Up: Oil
If that doesn’t quite do it, dab a little oil (either baby oil or coconut oil are great) on a cotton ball and rub onto the more stubborn spots. The paint sticks to the oil and slides right off.
If you still have a few trouble areas (the eyelids can be particularly tricky), swipe clean with regular baby wipes. Wipes can get into those delicate spots more easily without irritating the skin or eyes.