The Fool Proof Way To Make Halloween Makeup Last Through The Night

Getting dressed up for Halloween is a beloved tradition. Halloween costumes have been an important part of the holiday dating back to the early 1900s. According to CNN, the purpose behind wearing scary costumes came from the idea that it was the one day of the year people could act outside of societal norms.

"Before it evolved into the family-friendly, party occasion we know it as, October 31 was deeply linked to ghosts and superstitions," says Lesley Bannatyne, an author who writes extensively on Halloween traditions. "It was seen as a day 'outside of normal,' when you act outside of society's norms," she continued, 'Wearing ghoulish costumes — not horror-inspired like today's, but plain frightful — was an essential part of it."

During the evolution of costuming, makeup has become an important step in the process of transforming your appearance on Halloween. Cosmetics were originally considered a form of witchcraft in the Elizabethan era, so it was only appropriate to wear them during Halloween (via Now, many people rely on makeup to pull together their Halloween night look.

Keeping makeup on, especially during a holiday as wild as Halloween, can be difficult. Thankfully, there are some tips and tricks to help keep your face looking fierce all night long.

Priming and setting your makeup is key!

According to PopSugar, there are several ways to keep your makeup perfect this spooky season. One of those pro tips is to wear professional stage makeup rather than your usual favorite products. Cream-based stage makeup is easy to apply and is known to stay on through the sweat of an actor under stage lights, so it is a foolproof way to avoid unwanted smudging during a Halloween party (via How Stuff Works).

While stage makeup would be your best bet for long-lasting Halloween makeup, it's not always attainable. If you're in a position where you can't get your hands on the good stuff, Make warns against grabbing makeup from the Halloween store. Most of those makeup products are simple grease paint that smudges and bleeds like no other. They recommend using bright-colored, alcohol-activated makeup instead and being sure to follow through by setting it with a powder.

Before you set your makeup, make sure you prime it, too. Using an eyeshadow primer can help keep your eye makeup in place and the same goes for using a primer under your liquid foundation. If you prime and set all of your powders, you should be able to maintain the perfect Halloween makeup all night long!