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How To Avoid Halloween Makeup Costume Catastrophes

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“My husband and I are going to be Flow from Progressive and Mayhem from Allstate for a couples costume,” Elizabeth Reynolds said.

“She’s going between a cheerleader and Elsa from Frozen,” Michelle Couch said.

As you shop around for your costume and your props, beware of possible costume catastrophes.

“With her skin, she tends to break out a little bit if it’s the wrong stuff,” Couch said.

Before you cover your whole face with makeup, put a little bit on your wrist and keep it there for about 30 minutes just to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction.

“Remove it with hot water and soap. If you break out, just like with any other cosmetics, you don’t keep putting it on larger surfaces,” Owner of Halloween Warehouse, Donald Lewis said.

Senator Charles Schumer says an allergic reaction may not be your biggest worry. He says some makeup can contain harmful metals such as lead. He wants all Halloween makeup tested by the FDA.

The owner of the local Halloween Warehouse in Horesheads says if you buy your makeup there, you shouldn’t run into this problem. He purchases his make up from two of the largest holiday costume distributors and it’s all made in the United States.

“We go to conventions every year from Vegas to New Orleans to Houston. It’s two of the largest companies that we use, Rubies and Forum, and that’s where a lot of stores, even temporary stores or Halloween stores that are open year-round gets all their makeup that I know of,” Lewis said. 

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