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Woman with cheetah makeup
Whether you’re dressing up as a zombie bride or a pregnant Kim Kardashian, doing your own Halloween makeup can be scary. If you really want to win that costume contest, take it to the pros.
If you’re going for gore:
Blush Beauty Room is known for its makeup application services, and they’re one of few salons in the Twin Cities that offer fake blood for Halloween makeup. Zombie bride, anyone? “We can do any type of themed or face paint whether that’s a sugar skull or makeup putty [prosthetics],” says owner Jori Tentis. Come fresh faced and let your makeup artist know if you’ve got dry skin or oily skin, it’ll impact the types of products they use to apply your makeup.
Tip: Stay hydrated a few days before the appointment so your skin absorbs product better. Dry skin? Don’t worry: they’ve got moisturizing primers to get your face makeup ready.
Appointment details: 45-60 minutes; $30 for classic makeup (think Marilyn Monroe), $50 for zombie makeup. False lashes are extra.
Specials: Come in before Halloween for a makeup application with a friend and receive 15 percent off.
2004 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls., 612-871-2688, blushbeautyroom.com
If you’re going glam:
At Beauty Lounge, wedding hair and makeup is the specialty, so you can be sure you’ll look gorgeous from the time you leave your appointment to the last “Monster Mash” dance of the night. With plenty of makeup options, you can easily go from vintage pinup girl to your favorite makeup-heavy Kardashian. Opt for airbrush makeup to mask skin imperfections and create a matte finish. Add a blowout or vintage curls to take your look to the next level.
Tip: Bring along an image or two for inspiration, and be sure to ask about hair service add-ons when you book your appointment so they can block out the appropriate amount of time.
Appointment details: 30 minutes, $45 and up (airbrush makeup and false lashes are extra). Hair services start at $40; hair extensions are also available for an extra charge.
1224 NE Quincy St., Mpls., 612-227-9363, mplsbeautylounge.com
If you’re going for drama:
MAC is ideal for creating highly pigmented and complex looks with makeup like mermaids, cracked skulls, or leopards because the products were created with makeup artists in mind. The makeup artists at MAC know how to get pigments to pop and how to build color and texture—ideal for faux open wounds or mermaid scales.
Tip: Come fresh faced and bring along rhinestones, lashes, or zombie flesh if you want them to apply it at your appointment.
Appointment details: The 60-minute appointment is $50 and ideal for non-complex looks. The 90-minute appointment is $60 and includes a makeup lesson (for touch ups or if you want to create the look at home for next year) and a 20 percent discount on products the day of the appointment.
Mall of America, 952-814-9800 and 2922 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-825-0685 or check with MAC counters at department stores, maccosmetics.com
After the Party…
Removing zombie flesh or gobs of makeup after a night of costume partying can be tedious and messy, and all that scrubbing can leave your face irritated and susceptible to breakouts. Here are some tips from the experts to keep your skin (and you) happy:
1. Use an oil-based makeup remover all over your face. Don’t have an oil-based makeup remover? Head to the kitchen and grab (you guessed it) coconut oil or olive oil, either work to break down the products so you can wash away the residue with your regular face wash.
2. Drink plenty of water. Keeping your body hydrated from the inside out will help your skin get back to normal after being layered with makeup for a night.
3. Moisturize. This one is obvious, but don’t forget to use a good night cream and morning moisturizer on your face. And, if you can, skip makeup the next day to give your face a break.