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15 Halloween Makeup Ideas Inspired by the Runways

Oct 23 2013 - 10:22am

Fashion designers reach into the depths of the imagination every season to create new runway looks. And while purchasing pieces from their collections may be the stuff splurges are made of, their beauty moments are Halloween [1] makeup gold. Re-create one of these Fashion Week ideas for a costume that's truly high fashion.

Queen Elizabeth I

Break out the bobby pins and face powder to get this pin-curled look from the Alexander McQueen [2] runway. You'll need to hunt for the ruffled neckline and caged headpiece, but it will be worth it when you win the Halloween [3] costume contest in this Renaissance garb.

Marv(ette) the Martian

This look from The Blonds is the top pick if you want to go for something futuristic for All Hallows' Eve. Glue blond extensions to a ball of foam to make the oversize globe, and get wild with your nail art and eye makeup.

Chanel's Canvas

We're filing this look from the Chanel runway as a new take on pop art. Once you take the time to paint on all the colors and slap on a bob wig, your friends are sure to be impressed. Now, if only finding the classic Chanel tweed was as easy.

Masked Avenger

We hope you have your old BeDazzler in storage, because you're going to need some help to re-create this intricate beadwork from the Givenchy [4] catwalk. The positive thing is that you can still see in this mask, as opposed to the full-face look.

Woodland Nymph

Bronzer, brown face paint, and a floral headpiece are all you really need to get the Earth-friendly nymph costume that Vivienne Westwood [5] dreamed up. Our only request is that you dance everywhere you go and throw life-giving seeds in your wake.

Vamp Up

It may seem like the vampire craze is dying down, but this Didit Hediprasetyo costume could bring the trend new life this Halloween [6]. Pool together a black wig, an almost-black lip color, and light contacts to get this futuristically stylish look.

Bed of Roses

Everything's coming up roses with this costume. Re-create Alexis Mabille [7]'s runway look with tissue paper and matching face paint. Matte red lipstick and lengthy false lashes make this botanical ensemble even more glamorous.

She's So Unusual

This is one Jeremy Scott [8] beauty look Cyndi Lauper would love. Spray paint an '80s wig to get this colorful bob with bangs. Then, pick up a children's paint kit to draw on bold, crystal-studded makeup.

Emerald Isle

Others will go green with envy when they spot you in this Fyodor Golan getup. You'll need buckets of glitter to pull it off, but the results will be dazzling. Be forewarned: you'll undoubtedly find glitter in strange places for months.

Mirror, Mirror

Re-create the gothic masks seen at Lara Jensen with strategically placed costume jewelry. Lady Gaga [9] would be impressed.

If It Ain't Baroque

This oversize Hu Sheguang headpiece will be near impossible to make at home. However you do it, though, go for something large, wide, and feathery to complement the exaggerated style of this drama-filled era.

Punk-Rock Annie

Have a red wig lying around? Then you're already halfway to this punk-rock look from the Romance Was Born runway. Red lipstick, angular eye makeup, and DIY [10] cutout brows are even easier to come by.

Silence of the Lambs

You can tell everyone you got inspiration from Silence of the Lambs when you step out in this Giambattista Valli [11] look-alike. Add a touch of silver glitter shadow to the inner and outer corners of the eyes — and perhaps a nice Chianti — and you're good to go.

Bride of Hades

Red lipstick, red eye shadow, sheer fabric, and red pipe cleaners are all on your shopping list to mimic this hauntingly cool Gareth Pugh [12] look.

Queen of Hearts

To get Vivienne Westwood [13]'s Alice in Wonderland beauty ensemble, use a white eyeliner pencil to stencil a heart on the face. Then, fill in as much or as little as you desire. Add a crown, and henceforth be known as the Queen of Hearts.


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