Halloween is the great divider of holidays: You either look forward to it with unmitigated glee, or you hide out in a dark room with a bowl full of candy, growling every time you hear screaming children or drunken revelers. While we've definitely had our moments in Grumpy Town (it's kind of impossible to be out in public on Halloween in a big city without wanting to straight up murder someone), the thing that always draws us out of our Halloween hermitage is the possibility of whipping up some really stellar costumes.
This is the one time of year when our beauty imagination can roam completely wild. That's because a truly amazing costume isn't just about the clothing and accessories — it's about the genius hair and makeup you create to complement the outfit. Hell, sometime the hair and makeup are so fantastic, you don't even need anything else.
From hair to makeup to teeth (you'll see), click through to see how to replicate these fab looks and blow all those other costumes out of the water. Sexy ghost, sexy cop, and sexy Little Bo Peep never had a chance.
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To start, add some volumizing mousse (Osterman used Redken Full Frame 07 for this look) to wet hair and then blowdry. Part your hair in the middle and then, starting at your crown, create three horizontal sections of hair. Clip each section away except for the very bottom.
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Continue braiding each section of hair. Depending on your hair length and thickness, you may have to do a few braids in each section. For Madeline's hair, Osterman created one braid at the bottom, two braids in the middle, one at the crown, and two at the very front of the head. You don't need your placement or execution to be perfect, as these braids are simply to help create texture — you'll be undoing them later.
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Remove the pin — the braid is now connected by a knot, yet there are no pins or elastics holding it together because the end of the wrapping hair is secured inside of the knot. Osterman says this is her favorite new way to secure braids because it looks super-complicated, but is actually really easy. You might need to practice a few times before you master, but once you get it, she swears you won't ever have to use a hair pin to secure this type of knot ever again.
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To help fake that "traveling through Essos" burnished skin, Thomas says to add some liquid bronzer to your usual foundation and apply it all over your skin — any part that will be exposed by your costume. Using a fluffy brush, apply a pinky-brown blush to the apples of the cheeks, pulling it downwards. Apply a bit to the bridge of the nose as well to enhance that sunkissed effect.
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Apply a light nude shadow to the lids, inner corner of the eye, and on the top of the cheekbones, close to the sockets. You want it to look like skin, so make sure the color you pick is not too iridescent. Thomas opted for Shroom because "it makes skin look glowy and healthy," she says. "It makes your skin look like it's glowing from within, rather than a product sitting on top of the skin." Apply fake lashes to the lashline. Thomas says to opt for long lashes, rather than thick ones, in order to maintain that wide-eyed, innocent look — too much darkness around the lashline closes the eye and makes it look a little too seductive for this particular costume.
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Now for the brows: This costume's brows would make Cara Delevingne do a double take, so Thomas used a brow pencil and a powder to thicken Madeline's up. She started by defining the brow shape with a powder shadow to create a shape, then used the pencil to create short, feathery strokes that mimicked hairs.
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Oh, Miley. Love her or hate her, the ex-Disney star has been a busy girl this year, so it's no surprise she's going to be the It costume of this October 31. Her VMA look (and performance) is seared into our brains, for better or worse, so we decided to revisit that special moment for this DIY. The trick to this look is nailing those tiny teddy knots — and keeping your tongue lolling out of your mouth at every possible moment.
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Apply a neutral-toned eyeshadow with a slight hint of shimmer to the eyelids, then apply a thick, full, dramatic lash to your lashline. Instead of trimming the lash, Thomas left it long so it extended past the ends of the eye. "Miley has naturally downturned eyes, so leaving the lash long helps mimic that eye shape," she explains.
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It's no secret that we're obsessed with Orange Is The New Black around our offices, so obviously we had to do a costume straight out of Litchfield prison. While we briefly toyed with the idea of Laura Prepon's Alex (oh, the fun we would have recreating those eyebrows), we knew in our hearts that our OITNB offering had to be everyone's favorite meth head, Pennsatucky — specifically, Archangel Pennsatucky from that cray-cray season 1 finale.
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Limp, lifeless hair is the name of the game here, so either plan on not showering for a few days to get that lived-in, unwashed look, or create it on freshly washed hair with a few simple tricks. Start by grabbing a random piece of hair — you don't want to section or be too precise — and rolling it around two fingers. Remove your fingers and place the loop flat against your head, leaving the ends out. Osterman says to think of it as an oversized, loose pin curl.
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To mimic Pennsatucky's lifeless, drug-ravaged pallor, Thomas blended MAC Pro Paint Sticks in white, black, and red (seven parts white with two parts black and one part red) to create a gray-ish mauve hue. Using a foundation brush, she then stippled this onto the face to create blotchiness. You don't want to cover the face entirely, she explains. "It's okay for some skin to show through — you're trying to create a blotchiness and unhealthiness to the skin." She also says not to put too much of the color under the eyes, as most of us already have that lavender shade there naturally.
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Now you can go crazy with those undereye circles. Thomas applied a purplish-gray shadow to the eyes using a fluffy brush, starting the shadow at the inner corner of the eye and blending out into the undereye, following the socket. She then did the same thing with the lid, starting at the inner corner and following the shape of the lid. To make the shadows look like they are showing through the skin rather than a color sitting on top, she applied a touch of that complexion mixture over top. Remember: The more color you put on that inner corner, the more tired you will look.
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No Pennsatucky costume would be complete without those infamous teeth — you can buy some fake teeth and pop them in, or do what Thomas did here and paint a tiny bit of black paint stick onto the teeth. Some gauze, a flowy white top with some strategically draped string, a halo of tinsel, and, of course, a homemade cross shiv bring our Pennsatucky to life.
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The hangers might seem like overkill (Joan Crawford would certainly agree), but they will help you create a bended wave that's much more angular, rather than soft and beachy. Witchy waves, we're calling them, and you can bet we'll be doing these long after Halloween is over — they're just that cool.
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Girlfriend is looking all kinds of wicked. Thomas warns that when you apply full face paint like this, some staining of the skin can happen. Her genius trick? Apply makeup remover and get as much of the color off as possible. Then, take some shaving cream (Thomas used Barbasol) and massage it into the skin. Wipe it off with some wipes or a washcloth and boom — the staining is gone. Thomas is not sure exactly why it works, but she swears that the shaving cream will lift the stains off the skin better than any cleanser or makeup remover on the market.
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