Heidi Klum is the queen of Halloween, with elaborate costumes ranging from characters like Betty Boop and Cleopatra to an artistically painted-on view of the human muscular system, not to mention a full-on monkey. But this year, she opted to look into the future for her costume and went as herself . . . aged about 50 years! See her newest costume and get some serious Halloween inspiration for next year with a look back at Heidi's epic take on Halloween.
OK, so there's less than 24 hours left to shop for a Halloween costume. Calm down, because we've collected over 20 cute, easy costumes that will make you the life of the party no matter how dressed up everyone else is. And don't fret — for many of these looks, all you need is a black eyeliner pencil and a little attitude.
If Mean Girls has taught us anything, it's that the easiest way to put together a Halloween costume is to throw on some animal ears and a cute outfit. So, with time running out to select a costume, we figured why not round up some of these bad boys for you? From cat ears to Kahlo flowers, click through to find your new Halloween hair accessory. And hey, some of them are so cute, you'll want to wear them past October!
Halloween festivities are prime for crazy makeup, and when it's time to take it off, your regular face wash might not cut it. You're going to have to pull out the big guns. But don't go grabbing your chisel just yet. We've got your shopping list, how to use the items, and some tips and tricks so your makeup flies off and you can jump right into bed with all your candy.
- Cotton balls: These are great for removing all types of makeup all over the face, including eyes and lips.
- Cold cream: Use this to remove cream-based makeup, like blushes or paints, or waterproof products.
- Foaming cleanser: Stick to your regular foaming cleanser to remove normal base makeup, like foundations and concealers.
- Adhesive remover: Pick this up to clear out your stick-on prosthetics, like fake noses.
- Baby oil: Only use this to remove oil-based makeups or to remove glue from your eyelashes.
- Q-tips: Use these for those hard-to-reach places, like along the base of those false lashes.
- Facial wipes: Wipe up any residue left behind from your first removers.
- Moisturizer: End the entire removal process with a slick of moisturizer to keep everything smooth.
Tips and tricks
- Make sure to take note as to what your makeup is based in (oil, water, etc.). This will make the removal process easier.
- Never start with baby oil — it will only smear water-based makeups, making them difficult to remove. Try soap and water first, and then go back for the oil-based products.
- Instead of pulling off your lashes, which can be painful and damaging to your skin, dip a Q-tip in oil and run it along the base of the eyelashes to loosen the glue.
- The easiest way to remove glitter is with tape. Use the sticky side to (gently!) remove the glitter from those hard-to-reach places.
- The most important thing: do not scrub! Gentle may take longer, but it is worth it for your skin.
There are plenty of new Halloween nail sets that just launched, but we're going a step further and giving you plenty of spooky nail art inspiration. From jaw-dropping designs to some quick and easy options, here are some of the cutest and creepiest looks for your All Hallows' Eve enjoyment.
Still haven't gotten your Halloween nail art together yet? Your nails will look on-trend in minutes with this chic yet festive nail art look, courtesy of Jin Soon Choi. Black and white polishes mix together to create a grungy look that can either work with your costume or stand alone. And since it's meant to look disheveled and smudged, it's basically foolproof. See how to get the look and shop it below!
- Start by applying the Jin Soon Power Coat Base Coat.
- Next, swipe two coats of Nars Ecume for a white base color all over the nail.
- Paint two coats of Jin Soon Obsidian, a glittering black shade, on top of the white polish, making sure you cover the white polish completely.
- Dab a makeup sponge in nail polish remover, and wipe random parts of the nail to get the scratched, grunge effect.
- Finish with Jin Soon Matte Maker Matte Top Coat to seal the deal.
- Give your blunt bob wig new life with these five adorable costumes.
- Your friends will hear you roar when you dress up as Katy Perry this Halloween.
- ShopStyle has everything you need to create this spooky vampire costume.
- Go part retro and part modern with this Janelle Monáe costume this Halloween.
- Paint up your face with these last-minute ideas.
- These simple no-prep Halloween makeup ideas are fun and fast.
- While Wes Anderson movies are a bevy of inspiration, dressing up like Margot Tenenbaum is a win in our book.
- Channel the '80s with this Molly Ringwald as Claire costume from The Breakfast Club.
- This Nicki Minaj costume all but creates itself.
- Going as a group this year? Pick your favorite Orange Is the New Black character, and have at it!
- Grab a blue lipstick and dress up like Rihanna this Thursday.
- Give yourself the cartoon treatment with this Betty Boop costume. Don't forget Pudgy!
- Why not go this year as everyone's favorite quirky girl, Zooey Deschanel?
- The ladies of Mad Men can inspire your Halloween look this year.
- The ever-popular Miley Cyrus costume is easy to do at home . . . just get your twerk right.
Tips and Tricks
- From primer to shadow base, keep your makeup on all night with these easy tricks.
- These amazing makeup brands will get you through Halloween.
- The easy way to add some pizzazz to your costume? Add some ears!
- Ace your Gatsby-era costume by rolling up a faux bob and skipping the wig.
- Mix yourself up some spooky fake blood to add to your costume's gore factor.
- Give yourself a pumpkin facial once the Halloween festivities are over.
- Your go-to guide to applying — and removing — Halloween makeup.
Get more Halloween inspiration when you keep reading.
If you're not a lover of black and orange or even full-on Halloween motifs scattered on your nails, this is the nail art look for you. Because a black cat is so synonymous with Halloween, it's easy to pull off this look with practically any nail polish shade as your base. I opted for an unexpected pop of pastel using
Then, while my nails were still wet, I painted on the black shape of the kitty's face using Essie Licorice ($8). To create the ears, I used a fine-tipped brush to draw on triangle shapes at the top. Next, I used the same brush to paint on eyes with Essie Blanc ($8). For the final touch, I dabbed on pupils for the eyes using the same black polish. You still have a few more days to get in the Halloween spirit, so why not let a black cat cross your manicure this Halloween?
Although you may spend a month planning out your costume, Halloween only comes around once a year. For those of us with less-than-unlimited budgets, it's always a good idea to opt for a costume that has a little flexibility and staying power. Pieces that work for one costume may work perfectly for another. Case in point: the blunt bob wig. We've rounded up five costumes you can wear it with:
The Morton Salt Girl
The iconic girl in the yellow frock has a short, blunt hairstyle, so this costume can come together in a snap after you have your wig. Grab a fluorescent yellow dress, white tights, and an umbrella, and carry a container of salt under your arm for an iconic (and cute) getup.
Mia Wallace From Pulp Fiction
A hairstyle as noteworthy as the movie that launched it, Uma Thurman's Mia Wallace is a fast-talking wife of a gangster with a sleek bob and amazing style. Black cropped pants, a white button-down, and your wig are all you need to do the twist with Vincent Vega.
See more costume ideas when you keep reading.