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6 Makeup Tricks to Transform Your Halloween Look

MAC artists dreamed up six freaky and chic looks you can create at home with the makeup you already have.

By Alesandra Dubin

Halloween is just days away now, and if you’re anything like the cast of Vanderpump Rules, you may still be scrambling to find that perfect costume. Well, even if the racks at the local costume shops are looking pretty bare by now, you still have plenty of time to pull off what’s sure to be one of the most wow-worthy looks in the room on the big night. 

MAC Cosmetics artists have dreamed up six freaky and chic looks you can create at home with the makeup you already have in the depths of your drawer (or your bae’s). Check out the tutorials for reasonably easy-to-follow guidance. Et voila! It’s party time. 

Egyptian Goddess

Seriously winged eyeliner, strong brows, and sparkly gold skin and lips are the keys to this Nefertiti-inspired look. Accent with gold accessories. “Have fun,” says the look’s creator Schuron Womack. “The great thing about Halloween is you can be whoever you want to be!”

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Show your cultured side by painting your face in a look inspired by pop art. The key is sectioning your face into color-blocked areas, and then using bold black lines and white dots to exaggerate the reference. Artist Lyle Reimer has the how-to.

Ice Queen

The goal for this look is to look as light as you possibly can — covering even lips and brows with the lightest powder that you own. “It’s all about having a chaos and imperfection,” says the look’s creator, Lacie Dawn, who suggests achieving it primarily with fingertips instead of fancy tools.

Black Cat

Of course major cat-eye liner is a key component of this feline look. Draw additional abstract lines with black liner to mimic fur, and dab the nose with black liner to finish the look from Tu Dang. Dots instead of whiskers provide a more unexpected and chic twist on the go-to Halloween cat idea.

Day of the Dead

This look appears much more intricate than the actual effort behind it: Get creative with “any color scheme that makes you happy” for the base, says the look’s creator Marissa Jade Willinsky. “It’s all about dimension and texture.” Use liquid black liner to draw freehand outlines in playful patterns around the eyes, cheeks, and forehead. 


Get a twist on a traditional Halloween zombie look with this version from artist Matt King. Start with a white base for the face, and then create a hollowed-out effect with a darker shade around the jaw and eye sockets. Finish with a liquid liner to draw veiny streaks. “There’s nothing perfect” about this look, King says. “Everything is really organic.”

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