Freaky chic: The best 5 Halloween make-up looks of all time

Camilla Hooper
·4 mins read
Model Bella Hadid and singer The Weeknd in Halloween costumes - Gilbert Carrasquillo/ GettyImages
Model Bella Hadid and singer The Weeknd in Halloween costumes - Gilbert Carrasquillo/ GettyImages

It's no secret that America has earned itself an unrivaled spot as the most extravagant when it comes to delivering the fright factor for Halloween.However, whilst our neighbours from across the pond gear up for one of their biggest annual traditions, we Brits are finally upping the ante with our Halloween costumes and celebrations.

In fact, with all that's going on, a night of social distanced ghoulish fun and full-on fancy dress is exactly what we need right now. So whether you're gearing up for a virtual fright night or throwing your own mini Halloween bash at home with the kids, here is a look at the five most chic Halloween makeovers of all time to get you inspired.

 Bella Hadid's Beetlejuice chic 

Arriving at Heidi Klum's annual Halloween party as Beetlejuice's goth teen Lydia Deetz, Hadid (Top) took the spotlight and got top points for originality.

For this look, Deetz's signature spiked fringe and bold eyes are key. Invest in a strong hold hair spray with shine benefits to give hair an ultra glossy finish that stays in place all night long.

Use a vivid eye shadow palette with warm purple tones to give your eyes some blood-red drama. Dig out your lip pencil to create a nineties brown lined lip. 

Get the look: Mothership VI Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette, £115, Pat McGrath Labs

 Mothership VI Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette, £115, Pat McGrath Labs
Mothership VI Midnight Sun Eyeshadow Palette, £115, Pat McGrath Labs

Lip Definer, £20, Victoria Beckham Beauty

Lip Definer, £20, Victoria Beckham Beauty
Lip Definer, £20, Victoria Beckham Beauty

Strong Finish Hairspray, £25, Bumble and bumble

Strong Finish Hairspray, £25, Bumble and bumble
Strong Finish Hairspray, £25, Bumble and bumble

Rihanna's ghoulish glamour

RIhanna - GORC/GC Images 
RIhanna - GORC/GC Images

Painting a full face of makeup is a great way to join in on the ghoulish fun, and you don't have to spend precious hours searching for an appropriate outfit if your face is unrecognizable. Follow Rihanna's (above) lead and opt for a brightly coloured skull make-over for a look that is both glamorous and ghastly.

To achieve an opaque pink finish, invest in a long-lasting pink face paint that will last all night long.  Then, team with a velvet matte lipstick in a dark burgundy hue. Finish by drawing in matching burgundy eyebrows with a pencil for a bold finish.  

Get the look: Acrylic paint, £12.50, Mac

Acrylic paint, £12.50, Mac
Acrylic paint, £12.50, Mac

High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner, £19, NARS

High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner, £19, NARS
High-Pigment Longwear Eyeliner, £19, NARS

Velvet Matte Lipstick, £4, E.l.f.

Velvet Matte Lipstick, £4, E.l.f.
Velvet Matte Lipstick, £4, E.l.f.

Reese Witherspoon's spooky zombie bride  

Reece Witherspoon's "dead bride" rendition is proof that a Halloween look can be achieved without a professional make-up artist at hand. Use a much paler foundation and powder than usual to give your skin a deliberately lack-lustre look.

Follow with a dramatic smoky eye, then with a steady hand, use a deep brown liquid liner to draw on some strategically placed faux stitches and cuts to create a deathly look. Team this with a brightly coloured wig and a 'cheap' white lace dress and voila, you have the perfect Halloween bride.

Try:  Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, £20, Clinique

 Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, £20, Clinique
Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen, £20, Clinique

Les 4 ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eeyeshadow, £44, Chanel

Les 4 ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eeyeshadow, £44, Chanel
Les 4 ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eeyeshadow, £44, Chanel

Colorista Spray Rose Gold Temporary Hair Colour, £6.99, L'Oreal Paris

Colorista Spray Rose Gold Temporary Hair Colour, £6.99, L'Oreal Paris
Colorista Spray Rose Gold Temporary Hair Colour, £6.99, L'Oreal Paris

Angelina Jolie's magnificent Maleficent 

Angelina Jolie as Maleficent
Angelina Jolie as Maleficent

How can a green-eyed monster be so glamorous? Whether you're opting for a full Maleficent makeover (prosthetic cheekbones and all) or merely looking for a toned-down version as above, if you are to channel Jolie's infamous character a bold red lip, dark brown smoky eyes and an exaggerated contour underneath your cheeks is all you need.

Oh, and a set of horns. 

Get the look: Visionary Gel Lipstick, £25, Shiseido

Visionary Gel Lipstick, £25, Shiseido
Visionary Gel Lipstick, £25, Shiseido

The Original Contour Kit Light to Medium, £42,  Anastasia Beverly Hills

The Original Contour Kit Light to Medium, £42,  Anastasia Beverly Hills
The Original Contour Kit Light to Medium, £42, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Luxury Palette  in The Sophisticate, £40, Charlotte Tilbury

Luxury Palette  in The Sophisticate, £40, Charlotte Tilbury
Luxury Palette in The Sophisticate, £40, Charlotte Tilbury

Kate Moss's vampire chic

Kate Moss - GC Images /Mark R. Milan 
Kate Moss - GC Images /Mark R. Milan

No one is more chic than Kate Moss (above) - yes, even at Halloween. A vampire look to be reckoned with. To achieve Moss's blood thirsty look you'll need bleached brows (easily achieved with concealer or a pale eyebrow gel or pomade), red eye contacts, eyelashes and matching eyeliner.

Get the look: Tinted brow gel, £23, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Tinted brow gel, £23, Anastasia Beverly Hills
Tinted brow gel, £23, Anastasia Beverly Hills

Chromocake in Pure White, £23.50, MAC  

Chromocake in Pure White, £23.50, MAC  
Chromocake in Pure White, £23.50, MAC

Volume Disturbia Mascara in Red Disturbia, £23.50, Givenchy

Volume Disturbia Mascara in Red Disturbia, £23.50, Givenchy
Volume Disturbia Mascara in Red Disturbia, £23.50, Givenchy

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