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Halloween looks different this year. Whether you’re taking your kids for a socially distanced scavenger hunt in lieu of trick-or-treating or just spooking out your neighbors and delivery folks with eerie attire, dressing up for Halloween is always fun. And although indoor costume parties are considered high risk by the CDC you can still get into the spirit for outdoor events, Instagram, and even Zoom calls by creating showstopping looks with makeup. Here are makeup brands that help transform you for Halloween and beyond.
C’est Moi’s colorful Visionary Makeup Crayons
These clean beauty crayons are perfect for your year-around makeup arsenal but they’re especially a lifesaver come Halloween. Not only do they deposit bold and vibrant color but the high-quality pigments stay put, meaning you won't look like a paint palette by the end of the day. Bonus: because they’re not toxic, go ahead and create a masterpiece on your child’s face, too.
To Buy: $8, cestmoi.com
Pat McGrath Labs Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette
Ziggy Stardust? Studio 54 revelers? Glamorous extraterrestrials? Sky’s the limit when it comes to legendary makeup artist, Pat McGrath’s high-impact shadows. Channel your inner artist and go wild with these 18 sparkly, blendable shades.
To Buy: $78, sephora.com
Suva Beauty Fanny Pack Hydra FX
Thanks to HBO’s Euphoria, eye makeup has evolved from standard tonal colors and eyeliner to neon and glitter embellished works of art. Whether you're dressing up as a punk nymph or a Gen-Z teen, Suva Beauty’s neon Hydra Liners will complete the look. The opaque formula is activated with water, smudge proof, and once applied glows under blacklight.
To Buy: $14, suvabeauty.com
NYX Vivid Brights Liner
For you ambitious types who want to paint on details nothing works better than this colorful liquid eyeliner—with thin built-in brush—in bright eye-popping shades.
To Buy: $7, nyxcosmetics.com
TecUnite 2000 Piece Flat Back Gems
Go big or go home when it comes to Halloween. And frankly this set—which contains rhinestones in six sizes, tweezers and pick up pen—is for true fans. The gorgeous crystals can be applied just about anywhere from decorating fabric and metal to your body and nails. Warning: This can get addictive.
To Buy: $8, amazon.com
Make Up For Ever Star Lit Glitters
This versatile glitter which comes in a variety of colors, can easily be applied with a damp brush to the face, body, and hair. We especially love layering it over eyeshadows for a dreamy effect.
To Buy: $20, sephora.com
Lilly Lashes 3D Mink
High voltage glamour calls for mega lashes. And this pair of dramatic, handcrafted falsies easily blends in with your natural lash line. According to the brand, the high quality lashes “are designed by placing two layers of fine hair to a thick and flexible lash band” to add volume and length. The best part: with proper care, the lashes can be reused up to 25 times.
To Buy: $30, sephora.com
Lemonhead LA Spacepaste Glitter Pod-Squad
If you’re serious about glitter (and if you’re reading this, of course you are) there’s no better than Lemonhead LA. The brand, founded up makeup artists, makes easy to use and mess-free high-quality metallic, neon, and dreamy sparkles. They’re also the glitter brand of choice for Euphoria.
To Buy: $98, getlemonhead.com
Mehron Special FX’s All-Pro Makeup Kit
If your idea of Halloween is less fairy dust and more gory slashed faces head to Mehron for your gruesome makeup looks. The brand has been creating high quality performance makeup for stage and screen for over 90 years, and the pros turn to them for high-impact and long-wearing cosmetics. The Special FX All-Pro kit is a collection of the brand’s best products and contains all the tools and step-by-step instructions for even beginners to create frightening, realistic, demonic looks.
To Buy: $125, mehron.com