Face the Makeup

By Melaina Juntti

Don’t ditch your safe beauty standards this Halloween—or for any occasion that calls for major makeup. Eye shadow, lipstick, and especially face paint can be packed with skin irritants and neurotoxins—even lead, according to recent Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports. So whether you’ll be the green-faced witch who greets trick-or-treaters or you want dark, dramatic eyes to complete your Cleopatra costume, keep it natural, keep it safe.

Here’s how:
Use toxin-free cosmetics. We like Earth’s Beauty Mineral Colours Eye Shadow ($9.50; earthsbeauty.com); Nvey Eco Organic Lipstick ($28; econveybeauty.com);  and Perfect Organics Vegan Lip and Cheek Shimmer ($19; perfectorganics.com).

Make your own face paint. Combine 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 1 tablespoon flour, ½ cup corn syrup, and ¼ cup water into spreadable, not-too-runny base (or try a natural lotion or hand cream with a dash of cornstarch and water). Next, stir in organic food coloring or toss the base in a blender with beets (makes pink or red), cocoa powder (brown), ground turmeric (yellow), or peas (green). Apply with a paintbrush.

Create a mask. Skip makeup altogether and construct a mask from fabric, cardboard, or paper; adorn with ribbon, buttons, or nontoxic markers.