Halloween Makeup – Just Plain Scary

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Senator Charles Schumer wants Halloween makeup, which is often made in China, tested for toxic ingredients.  So do we!

According to Schumer, currently, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not conduct routine testing of novelty cosmetic products or face paints and the agency needs to do more to enforce the packaging regulations that require companies to include the full list of ingredients. While lead is banned from makeup in Canada and Europe, it is not currently banned from makeup sold in the United States. Schumer explained that this lack of regulation means that many parents are exposing their young children, and even themselves, to products that contain harmful metals, like lead.

Because children are more susceptible to lead poisoning, it is imperative that we know what is in our products. Even small amounts of lead in the blood can lead to serious side effects.  MayoClinic.org lists the following side effects:

  • Developmental delay
  • Learning difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss

A better option is to use everyday makeup in vibrant and bold colors.  To create a ghostly glow, use a foundation in a lighter color and highlight it with a shimmer. Black eyeliner can be smudged around the eyes and blood red lips achieved with a red lipstick.

Here’s to a safe and Happy Halloween!

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