’Tis the season to go ham on a transformative beauty look—but while your costume might require stocking up on cosmetics that you wouldn’t ordinarily buy, it might be a good idea to take pause first. It turns out that cheap makeup products marketed for Halloween often contain questionable—even dangerous—ingredients.
A report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics shows that of 10 novelty face paints tested, six contained nickel, cobalt, and/or chromium—all ingredients that are associated with negative skin reactions, like rashes, irritation, or allergies. More negative effects can occur with prolonged or extreme use.
The solution is simple: Avoid inexpensive, novelty products formulated in China—better yet, stick with the makeup brands you already know and love. Even if it means spending an extra buck or two, it beats staying at home on the 31st due to a face rash, no?
When it comes to high-octane makeup looks, we're big fans of Urban Decay for its ultra-saturated pigments and staying power. Try the brand's Electric Pressed Pigment Palette ($49).
What are your favorite brands and products for costume makeup? Tell us in the comments below!