15 of the best celebrity Halloween beauty looks of all time
Winning looks that’ll serve you some major inspo
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 12 2018
Halloween is just around the corner and if you’re already on top of your costume game, good one.
If you’re more like us, you didn’t even realise it was October and haven’t given a second thought as to who or what you’re going to be dressing up as this Halloween. And there’s seriously nothing worse than scouring the web the night before a party, looking for ideas. It’s a goddamn stressful venture.
The good news? You really don’t need to splash out on that $250+ outfit, which may or may not come in time/ALWAYS ends up looking nothing like the one online. This is where the goodness of makeup and hair comes in. It’s amazing what you can create with just a little makeup and a bit of hair product.
Fact: Hollywood doesn’t mess around when it comes to Halloween, so if you’re looking for some Halloween beauty inspo, you’ve come to the right place. Scroll down to see the best of the best; maybe you’ll pick up a few tips for your own slice of spooky glam.
Kim Kardashian is Cher’s number one fan (scroll on through her Insta feed for proof) – so much so she dressed up as the singer for Halloween. She channelled the ‘70s-era starlet like a boss last year, opting for oversized lashes (try ModelRock Lashes in Candid Candice), a nude lip and shiny, poker-straight locks. All you need is Jonathan Cheban by your side as a Sonny lookalike and you’re all set!
Jenna Dewan looked like an *actual* unicorn in 2016 and it was probably one of our most favourite costume looks. She killed it. If you’re looking to try something similar, you’re on top of the game because celestial makeup looks are having a moment on Pinterest – it’s currently one of the most-searched beauty looks this year, with a 158 per cent rise in searches. The idea is to dust the middle of your face with purple, blue and pink eyeshadows (try Urban Decay Moondust Palette) and draw stars along your cheeks with white liquid eyeliner (NYX Professional Makeup White Liquid Liner would do the trick) for a dreamy, fairytale-inspired look.
About 90 per cent of Vanessa Hudgens’ Instagram feed is focused on Halloween, and we’re SO on board. We love this super simple ‘freak show’ look from last year, where she wore a silver wig, dark plum lips and statement makeup under her eyes. You can mimic her ‘starry’ under-eye art by using a liquid eyeshadow such as MAC Cosmetics Liquid Dazzleshadow in Flash and Dash, and adding a scattering of face gems.
Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio went as a botched surgical patient last year and we’ve got to say, this has to be one of the creepiest/most awesome makeup looks we’ve ever seen! Covering her hair in a white bandage, the model wore some icy white contact lenses and a ton of fake blood around the outside of her face and chest to make it look like she’d just gone under the knife. She also marked herself with ‘500 cc' for breast implants, and over-lined her lips for a supersized pout.
Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods
If you and your bestie are both stuck on an outfit, turn to BFFs Kylie Jenner and Jordyn Woods for some inspo. The unbreakable duo went as fire and ice (or angel and devil) to a Halloween bash last year. Kylie rocked a high, snow-white pony and crystallised eyes, while Jordyn donned a long red wig, an intense red smoky eye and a glossy red lip.
Believe it or not, Shay Mitchell’s black bride costume, complete with bloody wounds and dark smoky eyes, was a last-minute decision. Take your cues from Shay and go to town on the smoky front, smudging it around your eyes for the creepy AF look. Line your upper and lower lids with heavy black liner and add a touch of fake blood to your forehead.
Lauren Conrad makes one fine Disney villain! Last year the star morphed into Cruella de Vil, rocking a two-tone black and white hairstyle (we wonder if Kristen Ess was behind this one?!), a slick of red lipstick and black winged eyeliner. She’s probably the only person that can make a baddie look unbelievably chic.
Kaia Gerber and Cindy Crawford
The mother-daughter duo bring their A-game *every* Halloween, so we cannot wait to see what they have in mind for this year. One of our all-time faves would have to be their killer 2016 look – when they went as two members of the Sex Pistols. The best part? It’s super easy to recreate. All you need to do is apply a super dramatic black winged liner (or jazz it up with some glitter, like Cindy), a swipe of black lipstick (Kat Von D Beauty Studded Kiss Lipstick in Slayer will do the trick – plus it’s super long-lasting), and backcomb the heck out of your locks!
Lady Gaga’s Edward Scissorhands costume from 2017 was next-level. And it scares the hell out of us. Although this one looks like it could involve quite a bit of effort, it’s actually pretty doable. Apply a full-coverage lighter-than-your-skin foundation all over your face and brows, before applying a smoky brown eyeshadow around your entire eye area. Use a beige makeup pencil like Sephora’s Eye Pencil To Go in 03 Classic Taupe for a scattering of scars. All you need is a crazy black wig and a giant set of claws to complete the look!
No Halloween party will be complete without at least one Harley Quinn. Copy Poppy Delevingne’s makeup look by applying a suuuuper light, full-coverage foundation, and adding a dusting of light blue and pink eyeshadow underneath the eyes. For that signature colourful ‘do, we recommend going for some blue and pink hair chalk such as Fudge Urban Colour Hair Art.
If you and your girl squad need some last-minute costumes, channel your inner Gene Simmons and go nuts with the black face paint. This look is an easy go-to – you can pretty much paint a whole variety of shapes onto your face and people will still know who you’re dressed as, meaning you can go as intense or pared-back as you like.
NAILED IT. Khloe Kardashian went as Storm from X-Men last year. And she looked eerie as heck. Colouring her locks with a temporary icy white hue, it looks like Khloe applied some metallic face paint on her forehead, before going to town on the black eyeliner front.
When in doubt, do a stitched-up mouth. It’s totally foolproof and perfect for when you don’t feel like going all out. Follow Ashley Benson’s lead by opting for a black and grey smoky eye before applying black pencil eyeliner across the pout for a sewn-up mouth effect. If you want to step it up and notch, mimic Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas. Apparently this is the most-searched Halloween makeup look on Pinterest, with a whopping 91 per cent of searches. Think pale skin, red lips, big doll-like lashes and large black stitches drawn across the corners of your mouth, forehead and neck. Super. Simple.
Making a Halloween list without Heidi Klum? Yeah, it’s not a thing. While Heidi Klum has a seriously impressive selection of Halloween looks, our pick for favourite/funniest/most doable look from the model would have to be when she transformed into a wrinkled old lady back in 2013. While most of us don’t have a makeup team on hand for the prosthetic effects, we reckon you could still do a stellar job by drawing on deep wrinkles and age spots with a taupe eye pencil (again, Sephora’s Eye Pencil To Go in 03 Classic Taupe should do the trick!). Colour your hair with a temporary grey hairspray and tie it in a low wispy bun.
If you’re not a fan of the fake blood and gore, take a leaf out of Gigi Hadid’s book and dress up as one of your fave movie characters. In 2016 the model fooled everyone with this scarily accurate recreation of Sandy from Grease. The best part is, this look is super easy to do – both the costume AND the hair and makeup. And if you’re a blonde-haired gal, you’ve got it even easier. Simply curl your hair into tight ringlets, apply an intense smoky eye and add a slick of bright red lipstick like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lip Colour in Are You Red-dy.
Want some more Halloween makeup ideas? Check out some of the most popular Halloween trends on Pinterest last year.
What’s your favourite celebrity Halloween look? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Inset image credits: Getty; @jennadewan; @vanessahudgens; @sarasampaio; @kyliejenner; @shaymitchell; @laurenconrad; Getty; @ladygaga; Getty; Getty; @khloekardashian; @ashleybenson; Getty; Getty
Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.