Halloween-Inspired Makeup Looks

Halloween brings three guaranteed things—candy, costumes, and unforgettable makeup looks. From scary to cute, here are eight beauty looks from Instagram that’s sure to ring in the holiday.


Pumpkins are a staple in Halloween, so it’s no surprise @chenoamariposa used them as inspiration. But the element of “melting skin” helped make the jack-o-lantern creepy.


A popular Halloween character is Other Mother from the classic movie, “Coraline”. Between the eyes and sinister smile, the look is spot-on. Plus, Shaniah transformed her background to resemble a spiderweb.


What if you like “Coraline” but want something more creative? Well, look no further than Naezrah’s adaptation of Wybie. Her recreation of the character went viral on Twitter, amassing over 103k likes and 21.6k retweets. The best part? Every aspect of this look is makeup—no editing required.

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🧶🧵WYBIE SO SAD WHEN YOU CAN JUST BE……HAPPY?🧵🧶 ANSWER BELOW PLS: it’s spooky season 👻 what are some conspiracy theories you guys have for Coraline ? lemme hear me??!! 👀. I really wish I had huge buttons to really get it to look how I wanted but I didn’t so I painted them on and edited some on . I’ll do this look again next year ! click the link in my bio or buttons will be sewn in your eyes ———————————— Some products gifted: hair: lord farquads disheveled wig brows: they gone but i got new ones with @mehronmakeup paradise paint palette brown and black base/primer: @milkmakeup hydro grip @milkmakeup grip set setting spray skin: @beautybakeriemakeup insta bake foundation in 307CN setting powder/powder: @anastasiabeverlyhills setting translucent @fentybeauty warmth bronzer – mocha mami @maccosmetics Studio fix powder – NW58 @kvdveganbeauty shade and light contour palette @nyxcosmetics ultimate shadow palette in utopia eyes/face art: @urbandecaycosmetics blackout shadow @morphebrushes x @jaclynhill 2 palette and dare to create palette @mehronmakeup paradise paint in black and clown white @nyxcosmetics ultimate shadow palette in utopia @kvdveganbeauty tattoo liner in black @byrcosmetics liquid lip in raw @plouise_makeup_academy acid reign base in blank canvas lashes: gone highlight: @milkmakeup flex highlight in iced @bennyemakeup set spray #naezrahlooks #highlight #makeup #beauty #blackgirlmagic #makeupartistworldwide #fentybeauty #bretmansvanity #halloween #spookyseason #wybie #coraline #theothermother #explore #studiofam

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For those who enjoy eye shadow, this take on lightning should be on your radar. With only 10 products mentioned, makeup enthusiasts could recreate this stormy look. Plus, you don’t have to alter your other makeup—like foundation.


Who says your costume has to be scary? Francesca’s Raven-inspired makeup look is suitable for all ages. Between the vampy lip and eye shadow, the “Teen Titan” character was brought to life.


This holiday embraces “out-of-this-world” costumes, so it’s only right that your makeup follows suit. Amy went full Martian on her makeup look as an alien.


It’s not Halloween unless there’s a skeleton nearby. Braydon’s ghastly take includes a glowing contact and a hand-painted heart. It also resembles Evan Peters on “American Horror Story”.


Sometimes the best looks are the most simple. @snitchery accomplished her “Kill Bill”-inspired beat with a neutral base and pink-toned lippy. But the standout is the fake blood “dripping” from her eyes.

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Brianna Ormond is a senior at Rutgers University as a Journalism and Media Studies major, Political Science and Africana Studies double minor. She enjoys listening to music and binging Netflix in her spare time.
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