costumeIt’s a Halloween tradition: you spend the better part of six months coming up with the creepiest, crawliest, coolest costume only to discover that the thing’s totally wrecked your skin and hair once November 1 rolls around. How to avoid the post-party frizzies and crazy breakouts? Ahead, we look at a few ways to keep your skin and hair beautiful – or should we say boo-tiful? – through even the most haunted occasions.

1. Skip the greasy makeup if your skin’s super sensitive.

That Wicked Witch of the West costume might call for gallons of green face paint, but anyone with oily or acne-prone skin should probably opt for a non-comedogenic option. Trade the inexpensive bases for theater makeup that won’t clog your pores, and be sure to cleanse thoroughly before you go to bed. You can even achieve ghostly results with everyday palettes; use pale foundations mixed with a hint of eye shadow to cast a perfect pallor.

2. Pre-game the fright fest with a soothing facial.

If you’re dead set on slathering your face with costume makeup, give your skin the best shot at success by indulging in a pre-party facial. Not only will the treatment whip your pores into shape, but it can also keep your skin from going into overdrive once the face paint comes off. You’ll achieve even better results by taking it easy with your standard makeup in the days before the event, and an expert exfoliation can keep week-after breakouts at bay.

3. Protect your hair with heat masks and moisturizers.

Whether you’re tucking your strands under a wig or straightening them into Morticia-level submission, take extra care to avoid unnecessary damage. Search for wigs with breathable mesh – and always use a liner to protect against breakage – and make sure to be generous with the thermal protection and leave-in conditioners before you come at your ‘do with heat-based tools. Trust us: The effort will pay off in the long run.

4. Schedule a deep-conditioning treatment tout suite.

Even the most careful costumers often suffer from a little après-event frizz. Plan a deep-conditioning treatment for the week after Halloween to get your hair back to its most beautiful state, or try a keratin infusion for a long-term smoothing solution. Who needs candy when you’ve got treats like these?

Want even more tips and tricks to get you through the spookiest season? Schedule a consultation with the pros at Bella Vita to strike that not-so-scary balance.