4 Badass Halloween Costumes That Only Require 4 Common Products

There's never been a better time to look to strong women as our most-cherished role models. From Hillary Clinton and Senator Kamala Harris, to Netflix's all-female hit Glow and Wonder Woman's boundary-breaking release, female strength comes in many forms in 2017.

To bring a little of that girl power into Halloween, we're channeling badass beacons of female empowerment, from classic (queen of Egypt, anyone?) to the modern superhero (you know who), it's more than possible to have fun, save money, and look badass on the 31st.

Oh, and there's more: We challenged makeup artist Raisa Thomas to create four of our favorite looks using only four key products. Why? Because if it weren't exciting enough to pretend to be Wonder Woman for a night, doing it with minimal effort is even better.

Ahead, check out our take on this year's best costumes. Because who run the world? Girls!

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The Tools

Gold glitter, blue eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and red lipstick. Sound familiar? That's because you probably already have at least two of these products in your makeup bag, which is exactly why we challenged Thomas to create four looks using just these cosmetic basics. (Let's get real: No one needs to go broke celebrating Halloween.)

Gathered your supplies and made your shopping list? Great, but before we move on it's important to be sure that you're using cosmetic glitter that's meant for the face. "Using craft glitter around your eyes could cut your corneas!" Thomas warns. Shop our picks here, or hit up your local drugstore. Now let's get started!

Make Up For Ever Large Size Glitters in Gold, $40, available at Make Up For Ever; Models Own I-Definer Kohl Pencil Eyeliner in Black Onyx, $7.99, available at Ulta Beauty; Nyx Cosmetics Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Electroshock, $4.50, available at Nyx Cosmetics; Rimmel London Stay matte Liquid Lip Colour in Fire Starter, $5.49, available at Ulta Beauty.
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The Look: '80s Wrestler

What You'll Need: All four products.

Netflix's Glow is one of our favorite shows of the year, not only for its powerful, feminist message, but for its dedication to authentically capturing the more-is-more era.

"To me, '80s makeup is all about glitter, that perfect red lip, and a distinct eye that has a more pulled-out shape," Thomas explains, noting that she's a big fan of Glow, too. "The makeup is so intense and dramatic with crazy glitter up to the eyebrow, but we took it down to make it a bit more wearable."

Wardrobe Tips: Pair this look with a bodysuit or a colorful sports bra under an off-the-shoulder sweatshirt, then pop on some statement jewelry and you're good to go.

We Love Colors Long Sleeve Unitard, $56, available at We Love Colors; Erickson Beamon earrings; Verameat ring; La Crasia gloves.
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Thomas started with a base of our matte blue shadow all over model Carmen Fozzard's lids, extending the color into an exaggerated wing. The secret? "I packed the shadow onto Carmen's lids and blended the color above her crease to give it an '80s feel," Thomas says. To keep the lines crisp, she then dipped a cotton swab in makeup remover (she likes Bioderma) and used it to perfect the shape of the graphic eye.

Then it's on to the piéce de résistance: glitter! Thomas used this affordable glitter glue first, but notes that eye gloss or cream eyeshadow will work — or pick a cosmetic glitter in a gel base for easier application.

"I put the glitter on the actual lid of Carmen's eyes, not into the crease," Thomas says. "Once it goes over the lid, you'll cover the shadow so you mostly just see that pop of blue in the crease. Glitter is so prominent that even a little bit of it will make your whole look pop."
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As a finishing touch, Thomas created "that perfect red lip" on Fozzard by applying liquid lipstick straight out of the tube. "The bold lip and eye combination is very '80s, yet very modern at the same time," she says.
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Blush and contour are optional, but not required. "In the '80s women wore very heavy makeup," Thomas says, noting that she skipped this and used minimal face makeup to add a more-modern touch, but it's up to you.

Now all you have to do is pick a wrestling name...
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The Look: Wonder Woman

What You'll Need: Everything except the blue eyeshadow.

Hollywood has long stood by the narrative that female-led action movies don't make box office hits. Then Wonder Woman (starring Gal Gadot and directed by Patty Jenkins) blew those archaic notions out of the water as the highest-grossing live action film directed by a woman. Translation: This is the year to don the iconic emblem.

"This look is natural glam meets superhero with a super bold crown," Thomas says. The trick to make it fresh? "Everyone does a bold lip when they do Wonder Woman, but toned-down lipstick is very fresh and natural."

Wardrobe Tips: There's no need to go literal on this one, just pick a garment with a shiny, metallic, or sleek finish, then pair it with gold accessories and flat boots. Bonus points for pops of red anywhere you can.

Veda Leather Camisole, $298, available at Veda; Yumiko Dancewear top; Topshop skirt; Castlecliff Folded Triangle Earring, $50, available at Castlecliff; Haarstick Statement Crop Circle Cuff, $150, available at Haarstick.
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Crafting a giant, gold-and-red crown on your head may seem like a daunting task, but the secret is to take it step-by-step. Thomas started with a lip brush loaded with red liquid lipstick, then painted a red star on the center of Fozzard's forehead.

"You can go as big or small as you want," she adds. Then, once Thomas was happy with the shape and size of the star, she created a black outline using eyeliner, then cleaned up any mistakes with a damp cotton swab.
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Now it's time to nail a shape you like for the crown. For Fozzard, it started at the hairline, followed the arch of her brows, and came to a point between her eyebrows. This simple outline can be done with nude lipliner or concealer — or, if you have it around, yellow eyeliner, shadow, or gold-toned highlighter.

Next, Thomas packed gold glitter onto Fozzard's forehead using back and forth between her fingers and a flat eyeshadow brush. Pro tip: Be sure to apply your glitter when your glue is still wet, unless you're using a gel-base formula, of course.

To finish off the look, Thomas created a soft, smoky cat-eye using black kohl liner. After etching on her flick, she lined Fozzard's bottom lashline, then used a cotton swab to smudge the color. Finally, Thomas used her ring finger to tap a sheer layer of liquid lipstick onto Fozzard's lips.
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Having an excuse to go ham with glitter may be one of the best parts of Halloween, but it's not without its pitfalls. "There's always fall out when you wear glitter," says Thomas. She suggests keeping a roll of tape and a cotton swab in your purse for quick clean ups.

"Press a piece of tape into your hand to remove some of the stickiness, then gently press it onto your face to lift off unwanted glitter," she says. "You don't want the tape to be too sticky or it will pull off all of your makeup."

When it comes to taking it all off at the end of the night, Thomas recommends using an oil-based makeup remover or cleansing oil. Glitter may be a pain to take off, but if it means getting a chance to be the lasso-wielding Amazonian goddess of our dreams, we'll take that any day.
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The Look: Cleopatra

What You'll Need: Gold glitter, blue eyeshadow, and black liner, of course.

We can't think of a more iconic costume than the OG queen of the Nile in all her powerful, mysterious, cat-eye-loving glory. Thomas took on the task of recreating Cleopatra's iconic look by pulling inspiration from historic images as well as iconic Hollywood moments, like Elizabeth Taylor's cult portrayal.

Wardrobe Tips: Don't be intimidated with this one — anything dressy with gold, black, or ornate details will work. Did we mention now is the time to pile on every piece of gold jewelry you own?

Molly Bracken Debardeur Top, $34.35, available at Molly Bracken; Marta Larsson Roxx Ring, $495.11, available at Marta Larsson; Laura Cantu necklace; Mollie Cutler Gold Impala Earrings, $190, available at Mollie Cutler.
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After laying down a base of blue shadow all over the lids, Thomas used a small eyeshadow brush (we like this one) to set the gold glitter directly onto the inner corners of the eyes. (Don't forget a layer of glue first if you're using loose cosmetic glitter.)

It may seem odd to use blue shadow here, but it gives dimension to the black you'll add next and helps make the eyes look bright — so don't skip this step!
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Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to crafting a graphic, angular cat-eye. Thomas started by lining Fozzard's top and bottom lashlines with black liner, then extended the line from her bottom lashline up and out at an angle until it was even with the tail of her brow, like you see here.

Thomas then created a box-like shape and connected it to the top liner by dragging the line down. "The entire box should look like one swipe, even though you did it piece-by-piece," she says. "After I finished the liner, I cleaned up the lines with a cotton swab to make sure they were precise, then added a few swipes of mascara."
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Set the liner with whatever you have around to keep the makeup in place all night. "I like to make shapes with kohl because it's easier to clean up," says Thomas. "Then I like to use a gel or liquid on top of the kohl to really lock it in." (Black shadow works well, too!)
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The Look: Flapper

What You'll Need: Just black eyeliner and red lipstick!

You may look back on the Roaring Twenties as one big party, but flappers symbolized a lot more than bobbed hair and short skirts. In fact, in the early 20th century, flappers were women who went against the grain — flaunting their distaste for the outdated social norms.

Now, the flapper is a popular look for Halloween, so for Thomas, it was all about playing with different textures and modern techniques. "This is more of an old-school look but I put a new-school twist on it," Thomas says. Rather than giving her thin eyebrows like most flappers, Thomas kept Fozzard's arches natural to match her fresh face makeup. "Many flappers used lighter foundation and had super-powdered faces," says Thomas. "But I kept it dewy and natural to bring out the eyes and lips."

Wardrobe Tips: A sparkly belt or necklace makes for an easy DIY headpiece, just use bobby pins to keep it in place. As for clothing, anything with a silky fabric or formal feeling is great — just make sure you can dance and schmooze in whatever you pick! (Bonus points for a faux bob.)

Topshop dress; Sasha Samuel Thomi Headpiece, $645, available at Sasha Samuel.
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The first step to creating a classic flapper look is mastering the smoky eye. This one couldn't be easier because it calls for just one product: black eyeliner.

"I put black kohl all over the top lid and used a fluffy brush to blend the color into the crease," says Thomas." Then I tightlined the top and bottom waterlines and smudged the liner with a cotton swab." To finish off the look, Thomas added a few lashings of black mascara.
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"Usually flappers wore solid, dark lipstick or played with lip liners to create different shapes," Thomas says. She created an ombré lip on Fozzard inspired by '20s actress Clara Bow's iconic makeup look.

"Line your lips the way you normally would, but use black eyeliner," Thomas says. "Then blend the liner slightly toward the center of your lips." Once the outline is complete, apply red lipstick onto the center of your lips using your fingers or a brush, blending the edges as you go. "You want to blend the red into the black to create a gradient," Thomas says.

For those who find black and red too bold, Thomas notes that ombré lips work well in pretty much any contrasting color combination. "Anything that's darker on the outside and lighter in the center will work," she says.
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There you have it — four looks using just the basics! Tell us in the comments below which is your favorite.
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