Every Halloween, costume wearers have a bit of a wake up call when the costume look chosen requires (oh no!) Halloween makeup. To some folks, the use of makeup is not a big deal. To others, however, the idea of using any makeup at all is completely foreign. For some of us, the concept of applying goopy substances can be downright daunting! Fear no more, costume fans, we are here to help and will assuage your anxiety. Here are a few great makeup tips to help you get the best makeup look possible for your Halloween costume!

Gather Supplies. Let's tackle first things first. Once you know what character you want to dress up as for Halloween, it's time to assemble your makeup arsenal. Makeup doesn't have to be complicated, but what's necessary can vary wildly depending on what character look you are attempting to create. We can't recommend online Halloween makeup tutorials enough. Online tutorials often suggest what makeup to use, and give tips on application. This basic instruction is a great place to start, particularly if you are new to makeup use or are trying to create a complicated character. A good makeup tutorial can often break the process down into steps and help you to get off to a good start. If you need to buy supplies, purchase the best quality makeup you can afford. A higher-quality Halloween makeup goes a long way toward achieving more professional makeup results. Inexpensive Halloween makeup kits may be adequate for your needs, but you may find them disappointing--this is where the next step comes into play!

Practice! There are several reasons why you should hold a trial run with your Halloween makeup plan. First of all, whenever you are using makeup products that you have never used before, it's essential to see whether or not you are allergic to them. (This is NOT something you want to find out on Halloween night!) Perform a skin test by applying a small amount of the makeup product to a hidden area near where you will be using the makeup. Wait at least 24 hours to see if there is any reaction.

Once you've determined that you are not allergic to your Halloween makeup, it's time to practice your Halloween makeup look. Practicing will help you to recognize any pitfalls of your look as well as help you to apply it with confidence on Halloween night.

The Eyes Have It! When applying any makeup, use care when applying products in the eye area. Read the labels on your makeup to check that the products are safe for use in the eye area. You may be surprised at how many makeup products are labeled, "not for use in the eye area." Be sure to heed all product recommendations. Use extreme caution or avoid using glitter and latex products near your eyes.

Be a Clean Freak! Whenever you apply Halloween makeup, always start the process with a freshly washed face. A clean face helps to ensure that your makeup adheres well to your skin and lasts as long as possible. When your Halloween activities are over, never sleep in Halloween makeup! Take the time to remove all the makeup properly and wash your face thoroughly.

Think Thin! Most of the time, thin layers are the best way to go when it comes to applying Halloween makeup products. This advice is particularly true if you are applying prosthetics or latex. Let each layer dry thoroughly before applying the next one. If you are applying foundation over latex or a prosthetic piece, after the prosthetic is in place, tap foundation on gently with a sponge. Do not rub. Make sure if you are gluing any prosthetics or facial hair onto your face, you use an adhesive specifically designed for this purpose, such as spirit gum.

Set it and Forget it! It may not seem like a big deal, but setting powder can make or break your makeup look. Most grease paints or cream makeup is going to require a dusting of powder as a final step to set the makeup properly. Without setting powder, your makeup will be apt to run, streak, and get all over everything. Do not skip this step!!

Using Halloween makeup doesn't have to be scarier than your Halloween costume. With a little bit of practice, you can apply your Halloween makeup just like a pro!