I mean, you can be a butterfly, or you can be a butterfly.
I scanned the web and found tons of great how-to videos that broke down different looks, but there were definitely some that stood out from the pack. They raised the beauty bar with their ability to use different colors, textures, and tools to transform their visages into visions of awe-inducing perfection.
Below you will find the top 10 Halloween makeup videos. Enjoy watching and get inspired!
This is a gorgeous, shimmery look that uses shades with sweet names like "cotton candy" and "baby doll." The white-feather-tipped falsies are a nice touch, as well as, the individual feather strands applied around the outer corner of the eye. The eye crease is defined with an intense fuchsia pink eyeshadow, which is then gradually blended out past the temple. The angelic look is further emphasized by the sparkly rhinestones that line the undereye.
Edward Scissor Hands
By: Kandee Johnson
This look is so spot on, we actually thought Kandee was Johnny Depp for a second! It requires a lot of face makeup, so it's important that you use a primer to keep everything in place. Kandee used Urban Decay's Complexion Primer Potion, which will also fill in pores and fine lines. Instead of using a thick white face paint (think clown face), she applied varying shades of light concealer for a more lively look with hints of flesh colors. She recreated Edward's "sad eyes" by hollowing out the corners with a mixture of warm purple and brown shadow shades. Lastly, she created those distinct Edwardian lips with a dark blackberry gloss, making sure to sharply define the cupid's bow.
This look was inspired by Mardi Gras, masquerade balls, and the movie "The Labyrinth." As with many of Goldiestarling videos, the look became a sort of arts-and-crafts project with spray-painted, glittery cones peeking out from the eyes and giving the look a 3-D effect. The mask was created with a vivid blue face paint that she outlined in black. She then gradually blended out the black outline until it faded to a soft gray, which she also used to chisel her cheekbones. The final oomph came from outlining the mask in glitter and sparkling rhinestones.
Cirque du Soleil
This look is colorful and fun! The basic design is sketched with a white eye liner pencil and then a flat eyeshadow brush is used to fill in the shapes with a rainbow scheme of colors: red, orange, violet, yellow, green, and blue. She uses a darker eyeshadow on the inner eye to give dimension to the shapes. The lips were painted fuschia, lined in black, and then gradually blended together for a multi-tonal effect. Glitter was pressed in center of the lip for an added sparkle.
Tim Burton's Mad Hatter
I love those orange, troll hair-esque brows! They were created using stretched cotton balls (crafty) and then sprayed with fluorescent orange paint. She used a milk pencil and makeup sponge to white out the face, which she then set with a white eyeshadow. I love the dusty color combo used on the eyes and would even recreate the look for a night out. She finished it off with white mascara and sepia-toned, peachy-brown lips.
Black Widow Mask
By: Michelle Phan
Michelle uses pinks, rather than reds, to create a softer, more modern Geisha look. Creamy, white skin is set with a generous dose of matte powder and brows are brushed down and filled out past the hairline for a "youthful" thick brow. Lids were dusted with a vanilla shadow and then she patted a rich pink shadow all around the corner of the eyes with her fingers. A bright yellow shade is applied to the center of the lids and then fake orchid flowers were pulled a part and layered to give the look more dimension and shape. The final touch is an über-glossy, sweet baby-doll pink lip.
This is a creative way to spice up the cliché ladybug costume. Each eye has a full-on ladybug painted on the lids, which looks really cool when the eye is closed. She used a multi-colored face painting palette to draw each ladybug (remember: they have 6 legs!) and then finished them off with rhinestone eyes. The line of ladybugs that march across her face were strategically placed using her favorite glue-application tool, orange sticks. Lastly, she applied a glossy fire-engine red lip. That's one sexy lady(bug)!
By: Kandee Johnson
It was fun to watch as Kandee shaded, contoured, and chiseled her face (with Jimmy G beats in the background!) to look like The King of Pop. Michael Jackson was a man with many looks, and she went for the military jacket, white glove, "Thriller" time period, which I think was Michael at his best. She did a great job replicating his slenderized (man-made) nose by using a dark concealer to shadow out the sides and then drawing a highlighting stripe down the center with a white pencil.
Black Widow Mask
You can recreate this look using beauty essentials that are already in your makeup bag: black, white, and silver eyeshadow and a white and black eye liner. The web art around her eyes looks intimidating, but Angie (aka Goldiestarling) walks you through the steps and shows you how to easily draw each little web with white eye liner. She adds spider-esque falsies to the bottom and top lash lines and then sporadically glues on rhinestones for a touch of glamour. A deep, red lip completed the look, and we even think black lipstick would work, too.
By: Kandee Johnson
This look is all about the eyes: a metallic, turquoise eyeshadow, thick, black brows, and mega eye liner. We love her little trick of curling down the liner on the inner eye-V to create "a straight-up pharaoh eye." The mouth is gorgeous, too. She used an orange, coral lipstick and then patted a coppery-hued eyeshadow on top to create a glowing effect.
And click here for a selection of Halloween-themed pieces that you can also wear to create stylish ensemble after the holiday.