Pinterest Searches Are Up 1200% For This Halloween Costume

I learned at a very young age that Halloween costumes are expensive. The moment you realize that you can thrift for your own Carmen Sandiego outfit (instead of dropping $70 on a polyester version in a half-opened pouch), the game changes. I stopped trolling Party City's catalog, and redirected my attention to the power of makeup instead.

Revolving your entire look around an intricate display of cosmetic talent can be tricky, but well worth the process. On the downside, the top-trending looks for this season will most likely take you a lot longer than throwing on some red lipstick and calling yourself Marilyn Monroe. But the pay-off will collect more compliments than Selena Gomez's Instagram account.

According to Pinterest, this is the year of originality — and a new wave of pop culture icons. For example, Pennywise from the new adaptation of It is trending 941% more than ever before. And it looks like galaxy freckles are no longer an under-the-radar fad, but this year's most versatile look. Here's the best part: We bet you could master most of these looks with beauty products you already have. And if you're truly makeup challenged, a local counter should be able to accommodate your request with a few of the inspiration images we've collected here.

Click ahead to check out this year's most popular Halloween looks.


A terrifying circus clown... with impeccable brows. All you really need for this It-inspired look is red lip liner — and a lot of drool gloss.
Not creepy enough for you? When in doubt, add some fake blood.

With the debut of Spider-Man: Homecoming this past year, we're not surprised everyone is ready to take on the superhero's recognizable look.
And good news: If you have a long-wearing red lipstick and black eyeliner, you're pretty much set.
Don't want to commit to an hour-long removal process? Opt for a look that's subtle, but detailed nonetheless.
Pixel Makeup

With over 26,000 saves on Pinterest, we're not surprised this viral trend is such a popular costume.
Definitely not for the amateur makeup artist, the look requires a lot of patience — and even more contour cream.
Torn between going as Pixel Woman or Wonder Woman? Screw the rules and do both.
Giraffe Makeup

Remember when all your former sorority sisters made you dress up like a herd of deer for Halloween? And remember when you didn't totally hate it? There's a new group animal costume in town: the giraffe.
Apparently, searches for "giraffe makeup" are up by 1200% this year. Why? We may never know...
Twist your hair into two pseudo ossicones and you've got yourself the most memorable look at the party.
Galaxy Makeup

Far before fake freckles dominated Instagram, galaxy freckles were all the rage. And apparently they're still going strong.
Don't believe us? Just search "Galaxy Makeup" on Instagram and browse your way through the thousands of inspired looks.
Even Refinery29's beauty director Cat Quinn tried the trend on for size — and loved the results. "I got so many compliments on this Halloween look, which an artist at Kryolan created for me," she says. "I paired it with space buns, a navy shift dress, and knee high boots for my 'space cadet' costume."
Wednesday Addams

While the former looks are fairly new to the scene, Wednesday Addams is a Halloween classic that will never go out of style. And it couldn't be easier to create.
Saved over 40,000 times on Pinterest this year alone, the Addams daughter only requires black eyeliner, two hair ties, some rudimentary braiding skills, and an obscene amount of sarcasm.
Feel free to put your own spin on it — considering at least one other person at the party will be wearing the exact same thing.
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