Do you know the dirty truth about Halloween Makeup?  It may even scare you more than Halloween itself…

Do you know the dirty truth about Halloween Makeup? It may even scare you more than Halloween itself...

It’s that time of year when everyone is putting their last-minute Halloween costumes together and kids are getting ready to impress all of their friends around the neighborhood.  Some of these costumes may even be so elaborate that they need costume makeup to finish off the look.  But do you know just how unsafe Halloween makeup is?

Why Halloween Makeup Can Be Bad:

  • First and foremost, many tubes of Halloween makeup contain lead and other heavy metals.  Scientists suggest that there is no safe level of lead exposure.
  • They also usually contain both butylated hydroxyanisol and triethanolamine, which are both linked with cancer and hormone disruption.
  • Other harsh ingredients commonly found in Halloween makeup can cause skin irritation, acne, rashes or blistering.
  • There are 8 fluorescent dyes found in cosmetics and none are cleared by the FDA to be used around the eyes.

Maybe we need to reevaluate letting our kids (or even ourselves) smother their faces with this stuff.  Expert makeup artists suggest using theatrical makeup as an alternative, or even making your own non-toxic makeup at home ( has a great tutorial).

Now you know…


Hollee Wood is a professional hairstylist with over 10 years of experience in the hair industry. She loves teaching about the science of hair along with everything else beautiful.

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