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2 Halloween Looks Done Entirely With Makeup

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    Ready or not, Halloween is right around the corner. And if you're someone who tends to procrastinate on their costume until the last minute, consider this: You might not need one. We consider ourselves pretty creative, but trying on different outfits for an hour hoping inspiration will strike can seem pointless when the world of makeup holds endless possibilities. None of which, may we point out, involve any variety of sexy [fill-in-the-blank]. So this year, we're moving past the constraints of our closets and diving face first into our makeup bags instead.

    Together with makeup artist Allie Smith, we created two wildly different but insanely cool Halloween beauty looks. They're abstract enough to give you room to play and personalize, yet simple enough to throw together before you head out for the night. Between Smith's expert application tips and our wallet-friendly product picks from Walmart (that you can still use for your everyday makeup after Halloween — score!), the only thing harder than figuring out which option to try this year is ultimately having to wash off your amazing artistry at the end of the night.


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    We'll take any reason to pile on the glitter, and Halloween is no exception. Inspired by a shimmering disco ball, Smith created this simple and shiny silver look fit for a dancing queen. Ahead, see how it came together, and get ready to do a couple of spins on the dance floor.

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    Prep your skin with foundation as needed, then define your eyes with a few generous coats of mascara. You'll still want your lashes to pop from behind all that glitter!

    Next, give yourself a lit-from-within glow by applying a thin layer of liquid illuminator all over your face. Add a little extra along the bridge of your nose, the tops of your cheekbones, and at your Cupid's bow to lay the strobe groundwork.

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    Now it's time to amp up the strobe effect even more. Dab a metallic cream eyeshadow at the inner corners of your eyes. Then glide it from the arches of your brows out toward your temples and back in along the tops of your cheekbones (think of it like making a giant "V" around each eye). You can also hit the bridge of your nose and your Cupid's bow again. This not only gives your skin an otherworldly sheen, but it gives the glitter you'll apply next something to stick to.

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    Here comes the fun part! Dip a cotton swab in regular moisturizer and coat it in silver glitter (just make sure it's glitter that's formulated for your eyes!). Softly roll the mixture from your lashline up past your crease, covering your entire eyelid. The lotion helps the glitter stick to your skin and keeps fall-out to a minimum, while the rolling method ensures even coverage.

    And don't worry if you do get a little shimmer below your eyes — it'll enhance the look, giving you an ethereal glow when lights hit your face.

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    After you've finished coating your lids, dip a fluffy brush into the same mixture and pat it softly around your entire eye area in a circular shape, à la a disco ball. You can play around with the diameter of the circles (we went above our model's browbones and below her cheekbones here). Just make sure to keep the glitter contained to two distinct circles, rather than extending across your nose or out to your temples, which can end up looking like a mask.

    If you're already thinking ahead and wondering how you're going to get all this glitter off at the end of the night, you'll be able to use a dry, flat eyeliner or foundation brush to lightly scrape it off, says Smith. A little bit of tape will help with any errant pieces that fall off and disperse in the process.