During winter, some makeup artists recreate intricate looks inspired by ice and snow. These makeup … [+]
When you imagine costume makeup, color contact lenses, and bold face pigments, you may immediately think of Halloween. But TikTok makeup artists are celebrating the winter holidays. Some artists have gone viral with bedazzled ice queen costumes and Grinch-green faces. These designs may inspire social media followers to try out new makeup trends.
Like many people, Natasha Jane Wood loves makeup. But Wood is a makeup artist who has earned TikTok fame with her body art. During the holiday season, she’s transformed herself into the Grinch, an elf, and other festive characters. In one video, she became an icy queen who could give Jack Frost a run for his money.
Makeup art can be extreme on TikTok, and dermatologists worry about extreme skin complications.
How professional makeup artists protect their skin
Wood followed up her popular icy queen video with another clip showing the process of peeling off the layers of makeup and cosmetic paint from her face and decolletage. By watching this video, viewers receive a rare behind-the-scenes glace into the number of products and techniques that a makeup artist might use for one single look.
The artist begins by peeling away the clear, teardrop-shaped icicle ornaments from her cheeks. Then, Wood uses a specialty makeup remover to loosen the paint and pigment from her skin. She removes her eye makeup, her false eyelashes, and her color contacts. When Wood is left with a bare face and neck, she applies a moisturizing serum.
During this process, Wood takes several steps to protect her skin. The skin on your face is sensitive. Why? The skin cells in your face are smaller than the skin cells in other parts of your body. While you can cover your body with clothing, your face needs to be at least partially exposed so you can eat, smell, and see. Smaller skin cells help prevent your facial skin from absorbing unwelcome chemicals you might encounter in your everyday life. But when you use heavy makeup for long periods of time, you can irritate your skin.
Most makeup products contain a combination of minerals, dyes, waxes, oils, and perfumes. Dr. Purvisha Patel, a dermatologist, told Teen Vogue about the potential dangers of costume makeup. In the article, Patel is quoted as saying, “These heavier products can clog the pores and cause allergic reactions.”
To keep their skin clean and clear, artists like Wood avoid wearing their heavy makeup for long periods of time. They also use moisturizers because costume makeup and face paints can leave skin feeling dry and inflamed.
For some costumes, artists will change the shape of their face by wearing prosthetic devices. When Wood impersonated the Grinch, she glued a mask over her nose and cheeks to provide the Grinch’s telltale wrinkles and pug nose. These costumes often need special, skin-safe glues and cosmetic adhesive …….