6 Halloween Makeup Ideas, Straight From The Runways

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"Marcia Brady on acid," "'80s girls dressed up as '60s girls" — if these sound like Halloween costumes to you, think again: They're actually inspirations for some of the top designer shows last week. Backstage, hairstylists and makeup artists created graphic, over-the-top looks that we'd normally leave on the runways. But this year, we are adopting them for the 31st.

Whether you like a spookier costume or something girlier, there’s definitely something here for everyone. The best part? You can create most of them with just hair and makeup (no overpriced polyester required). Click through to be seriously inspired, and get ready to be the most high-fashion guest at your Halloween party.
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Demented Marcia Brady
That's right, the look at Ammerman Schlösberg was inspired by "Marcia Brady taking a lot of acid on Halloween." (We couldn't make this stuff up.) To recreate it, sweep lime-colored eyeshadow (try ColourPop's Sour) from your lashline to your browbone. Then, rim your undereyes with a heavy coat of purple eyeliner (like Stila's Smudge Stick in Violet).

You're not done yet. To mimic the post-cry effect, dip a cotton swab in Vaseline and smudge the purple eyeliner under your eyes and down your cheeks. (Gold star if you add tears with eye drops.) Since looking disheveled is your end game, it won't matter if your makeup smudges or fades throughout the night.
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Flower Power
Betsey Johnson's spring 2016 show celebrated her 50 years in fashion, and we especially love this psychedelic pit-stop. Simply grab a palette of multicolored face paint and draw a rainbow from the inner corners of your eyes to your temples, allowing plenty of time for each half-inch stripe to dry fully. If you don't have a floral dress, wear an all-black outfit and you're Pink Floyd's "The Dark Side of the Moon" prismatic album cover.
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'60s Barbie
Kabuki, the lead makeup artist at Jeremy Scott's spring 2016 show, was inspired by "East Village party girls of the '80s who love playing dress-up in '60s vintage." To achieve the wild liner shape, he hand-cut plastic eye stencils, filled them in with MAC's Fluidline in Blacktrack, and set it with On the Hunt Superslick Liquid Eye Liner.

He paired the liner with neon-peach lips (a mixture of MAC's Lipmix in Orange, White, and Medium Nude). Once you've got the makeup look down, grab a voluminous blonde wig, tease it to oblivion, and get ready to turn some heads.
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The Anti-Contour
The effed-up contouring look at Hood by Air was a poignant commentary on our era's seeming obsession with surgery and self-alteration. Taken less seriously, it's the perfect costume if you love a pop culture reference, seeing as how contouring was everywhere this year.

Reach for a highlighting concealer that's a few shades lighter than your natural skin tone and haphazardly smear it all over your face. Then, sweep a cream contour shade (like the ones in Anastasia's Contour Cream Kit) on the hollows of your cheeks, temples, and sides of your nose. Fight off the urge to blend, blend, blend.
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Disco Queen
If there's one thing we can count on every season, it's that The Blonds will have a show-stopping beauty look — and this year was no exception. Kabuki set out to "[capture] the feeling of ancient Egypt set to a disco beat, by using lots of gold-on-gold tones and shimmers."

To achieve this, Kabuki glued metallic-gold appliqués just below the lower lashlines. (Try striping tape or Make Up For Ever's Aqua Liner in Diamond Gold for an easier DIY.) He finished with a layer of gold lipstick (we love Nyx's Wicked Lippie in Mischievous).
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Photo: Courtesy of MAC Cosmetics.
Runway Rabbit
It may look complicated, but black eyeliner, white face paint, two ribbons, and some wire from your local craft store are all you need to recreate this bizarre beauty look. Makeup artist Sil Bruinsma blended white MAC Studio Face and Body Foundation all over the face before sculpting the brows, eyes, and lips with MAC's Blacktrack Fluidline.

According to hairstylist Jimmy Paul, the hair was meant to make the girls "look like they're upside-down." Paul misted Bumble and bumble's Thickening Hairspray into the roots, teasing the hair as he worked. Then, he created two braided pigtails at the top of each model's head, stringing wire through each braid to make the hair stand up on its own. To put the finishing touches on the "school-girl hair" (which sure looks like bunny ears to us), Paul fastened the end of each braid with a hair elastic and a Thom Browne red-white-and-blue ribbon. 'Merica.
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