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Instagram's 40 Best Halloween Makeup Ideas

Double tap x 1,000,000.


Take a quick scroll through your feed and it's clear: Instagram has become the ultimate source of all things beauty inspo. And in the months leading up to Halloween—hey, it'll be here before you know it—your feed will be flush with a whole new crop of elaborate, out-of-the-box makeup ideas, including the deeply creepy, the crazy beautiful, and, of course, the politically charged, all of which are definitely worthy of a double tap. So to help keep you from another year of procrastinating, scrambling, and ultimately hating on your costume all night, we rounded up our favorite ideas, below, to get you inspired way, way ahead of the big night.

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1 The Tall glass of Rosé

Summer might be over but that doesn't mean you can't pour yourself a tall glass of Rosé, or simply remember the good times. Make everyone around you tipsy by being a bubbly glass of happy this Halloween.

2 The Fall Foliage

If fall is your favorite time of the year, try this nature-inspired look that represents the earth-tone leaves of the season.

3 The British Vogue-Inspired Rihanna Look

Rihanna's 2018 British Vogue cover will live in history forever. Pay homage to the iconic look with super-skinny brows, flower-adorned hair, and an ombré lip color.

4 The Spider Woman

If you also can't figure out if these spiders are actually crawling off of her face, you aren't alone. Freak everyone out this season with this badass beauty look that'll give onlookers the jitters.

5 The Candy Cane

Christmas is right around the corner, and even though you might not be able to eat a candy cane right now, you can surely pretend to be one. Deck-out your face with red-and-white makeup to get you in the holiday spirit.

6 The Christmas Lights

Here's another one for the Christmas lovers. Winning the best lights on your block isn't easy, but winning the best makeup category is a different story. Create a curved cut crease to resemble Christmas light strings, and draw bulbs in the color of your choice.

7 The Lava Girl

Feeling like this is your hottest year yet? Same. Take your fierceness to the next level and literally embody lava by striking up your chest, neck, and face with a volcanic eruption that'll have everyone shook.

8 All the Likes

Forget about the validation of others and literally give yourself all the likes this year with red and white-painted hearts, crimson brows, and fire-red hair to match. You know what they say: self-love is the best love.

9 The Ice Cream Cone

If you want to drool over your damn self this halloween, please your sweet tooth by being your favorite dessert. Bright pink face makeup, sprinkles, and a glossy fuchsia lip will make you look like the most delectable ice cream cone.

10 The Hot Girl Summer

We fully support the Hot Girl Summer movement at Marie Claire, and if you haven't heard yet: it's a Hot Girl Year. This October, channel your inner-Hot Girl with flaming eyes and a fiery red lip.

11 Maleficent

You can make your favorite childhood movie villain, Maleficent, look super-chic with ultra-violet eyes, bold brows, iridescent highlighter, and berry lips.

12 The Wakanda Forever

The world will be transformed into a living, breathing Wakanda on Halloween night, thanks to the brilliance that was Black Panther. Recreate the vibes with white dots lining your forehead and eyes, along with a white stripe down the middle of your lip.

(Important side note: Before you attempt this look, please make sure that you're not a culturally appropriating jerk this Halloween.)

13 The "I'm Tired of This Shit"

Because your voice most definitely hasn't been heard enough this year, please take this moment to emblazon the word "NO" across your face in protest of, well, pretty much all of 2018.

14 The Blue Slime

In a Flubber-meets-Avatar moment, this two-toned look pairs the abstract (dripping, teal-blue "slime") with the classic (bold brows and glossy brick lips) for a weirdly pretty—and kind of creepy—finish.

15 The Crazy Clown

We're still having nightmares from the one time we saw It, but that doesn't mean you can't put your own spin on the creepy clown trope with some smeared eyeliner and overdrawn lipstick.

16 The Raver

A sentient rainbow or a lost Burning Man attendee—you decide.

17 The Edward Scissorhands

Channel Hollywood's most lovable and most terrifying character with a tousled black wig, a belt choker, and some bleached (i.e. foundation-covered) eyebrows. To recreate the scars, try eyelash-gluing strips of rolled-up tissue all over your face before covering them with concealer and foundation.

18 The Pinocchio

Needed: a very steady hand for the drawn-on wood patterns and the décolletage details.

19 The Oompa Loompa

We're not sure what the highlight of this costume is—the green and yellow eyeshadow, the white eyebrows, or the tangerine skin? Regardless, make sure you have some good makeup-removing face wash on hand when the night ends.

20 The Snapchat Rainbow Vomit

Taste the rainbow à la Snapchat. This look is only made spookier now that Snapchat has been declared dead by Kylie Jenner.

21 The Flapper

Transform yourself into a Roaring Twenties siren with pencil-thin brows, vampy lips with a prominent Cupid's bow, and smudgy, hazy black eyeshadow. Top it off with a mandatory beauty mark under the eye or above the lip.

22 The Unicorn

Just accept it: Unicorns will never not be a Halloween staple. Luckily, this lowkey look is way less heavy-handed than the usual glitter-soaked variety, making it perfect for beginners (or tipsy pre-gamers).

23 The Ink Blot

Like something straight out of American Horror Story (or your worst Rorschach test nightmare), this runny, inky, spotted look stays elevated with a white lace choker.

24 The Pop-Art Wonder Woman

Add some 2D comic-book details to your 3D costume with some pop-art lines and dots, and, of course, a hand-drawn tiara.

25 The Fairy

Live your best fairy life with penciled-on freckles, ultra-long falsies, and an intense, full-face contour using only blush.

26 The Joker

Heath Ledger Joker will always be the one-and-only Joker in our hearts, but we're still feelin' this glamorized version of the villain with its bouffant-level wig and huge smoky eye.

27 The Mermaid

Even though it feels like we've hit peak mermaid and unicorn everything, please feel free to indulge one more time with all of the sparkles and glitter in the world. I mean, it looks damn pretty, amirite?

29 The Mad Hatter

A curly orange wig, brilliant white lashes, and a matte red lip are your keys to re-creating Johnny Depp's iconic Mad Hatter. Try contouring with violet blush for a ghastlier take on the Alice and Wonderland character.

30 The Entire Galaxy

Show the world your importance this Halloween by being the whole damn galaxy, all at once. Place a strip of tape across your forehead before starting to get the crisp line as seen here.

31 The Pop-Art Marilyn

Forget her looks from The Seven Year Itch or Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—if you're going to portray Marilyn Monroe this year, take a graphic, pop-art approach instead. Just don't forget the iconic red lips, okay?

32 The Unattainable Woman

Halloween is the one time of year to really show how you feel inside, right? (Ideally, this would be every day of the year, but hey.) And this look is less costume and more political statement, using the misogynistic labels often thrust upon women in society.

33 The Contour Craze

If you, too, are wondering if society has reached peak contour yet, try asking the world with this exaggerated take on the look. (The answer: Probably not.)

34 The #LoveisLove

Every single day should be a celebration of equal rights, but feel free to show your full support of free love on Halloween with this watercolor rainbow look.

35 The Oil Slick

Please name one thing that's cooler than this neon, oil-slicked rainbow face? Exactly nothing (but it's okay—you tried). Give the look a realistic feel by fading the hues into your hairline with temporary hair paint.

36 The AHS Mattress Lady

If you're an American Horror Story mega-fan, please get inspired by this intricate mattress-lady costume that is fully terrifying and unattainable by anyone outside of a special FX makeup team.

37 The Skull Face

Two things that will never go out of style: a little black dress and some skull makeup. If you're out for scares, throw on your LBD and paint on this hyper-realistic skull.

38 The Human Mosiac

If you're not exactly a makeup whiz, try piecing together a mosaic neckpiece made from magazine cut-outs. Pair it with a deep lip, a thick cat-eye, and a rich contour for a ridiculously pretty Halloween look.

39 The Koan

Sailor Moon shall live inside all of us forever. Honor your childhood love with this take on the youngest Ayakashi sister, painting on a crescent moon, magenta eyeliner, and a gothy plum lip.

40 The Lunar Eclipse

Turn your astrological obsession into a costume with this lunar beauty look: a cat eye, matte black lips, and each phase of the moon painted across your décolletage.

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