Photographed by Irving Penn, Vogue, November 2007

When Halloween kicks off in earnest this afternoon, weeks of meticulous costume preparation and hours of special effects-worthy makeup to re-create a look inspired by your favorite French royal, fifties Hollywood film star, or iconic scream queen will finally come to fruition. But what about the end of the night—when the face paint, fake blood, vampire fangs, and Maleficent brows need to come off? Years past have involved much scrubbing with little success—so this Halloween, we’ve consulted the pros.

To instantly melt away even the thickest product, makeup artist Alice Lane suggests smoothing on RMS Beauty’s raw coconut oil balm and removing it with a hot towel. Sir John, the man behind Beyoncés transformational tour looks, swears by Chanel’s formula for removing long-wearing stage makeup and false eyelashes (“It has saved my life on multiple occasions,” he says). Backstage whiz Charlotte Tilbury’s new oil-rich fluid—spiked with organic cornflower water and a soothing plant extract—is designed to take off “every last lashing of mascara” and “even the hardest to remove makeup in one swipe,” while makeup artist Yadim relies on the tried-and true fashion week favorite known as Bioderma Créaline H20 for sensitive skin. Here’s to waking up fresh-faced and fright-less on November 1.

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