How Pro Makeup Artists Are Getting Ready For Halloween

By now, you probably have your Halloween costume and your list of parties to hit up ready, but there might be one thing that's still up in the air: your makeup look. The question is, will you head to a beauty supply store and splurge on items you'll maybe never use again, or will you go to Sephora to pick out things that work with both your Taylor Swift-as-zombie look and your random-Thursday-at-the-office style?
We support either direction, but if it's the latter you're craving and you need a little guidance, read on for what three Sephora Pro Artists are using to create their Halloween looks this year. You can't really go wrong with these in your kit, whether it's October 31 or May 11.
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The Sephora Pro: Myiesha Sewell

The Costume: Red Rose

"I’m going to create a really romantic look with lots of burgundies, reds, and fuchsias. My go-to matte red lip is Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Always Red, and I’ll be layering it over Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Sad Girl. I always layer my lips to create dimension and it’s especially important for this look because I want to mimic the look of a real rose in both color and texture."
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"I’m keeping my eyes relatively simple because I want to do a lot of draping with a fuchsia blush. I plan on using Marc Jacobs Beauty Air Blush Soft Glow Duo in Night Fever & Hot Stuff heavily on the cheeks and around the eyes.

"I apply the deeper shade first and then follow up with the lighter shade for a seamless blend. I’ll also use the deeper shade rimmed underneath my eyes for a sultry look because I personally think dark circles are sexy."
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"I live in Los Angeles and it’s still too shockingly hot for it to be fall, so I’ve been prepping my skin with Milk Makeup’s Matcha Toner Stick. It’s lightweight, cooling, and even though it’s technically a toner, it’s perfect for my super oily skin in this heat."
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"I plan on dancing all night, so I’m following this up with Sephora Collection’s Beauty Amplifier Mattifying H20 Gel Primer. The texture doesn’t feel heavy like some primers and it’s one of the first that actually controls my oil for a long time."
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"I’m a firm believer in masking before a big event. I find that people with oily skin simply don’t hydrate enough. If your skin is oily, the best thing you can do for it is apply a hydrating mask before makeup. You get all the benefits of a super hydrating moisturizer without wearing anything heavy underneath your makeup.

"I wear the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask with Echinacea GreenEnvy while I do my hair. Then I’ll wipe it off with a warm washcloth and it leaves my skin smooth. I follow up with my skin care and start my makeup application as usual. I end up not getting as shiny throughout the day because my skin’s hydration levels aren’t out of whack and producing excess oil."
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"If you’re in a rush or have normal to dry skin the accompanying moisturizer, Farmacy Honey Drop Lightweight Moisturizer with Echinacea GreenEnvy is great as a moisturizer or a mask."
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The Sephora Pro: Jeffrey English

The Costume: Prideful Peacock

"My makeup look is going to be pretty simple and easy this year. I will be wearing a masquerade mask that is ornately decorated with peacock plumes, so I’m going for really gorgeous duo-chrome smoky eye. I want to use colors that reflect green and blue in different ways, reminiscent of the all the beautiful shades in the traditional peacock feather. To start, I’ll be using Estée Lauder Double Wear Foundation, because I know that it will last all night! Trust me when I say it’s a true non-stop foundation."
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"Next, for the eyes, I am going to use Sephora Collection Long Lasting Kohl Pencil in Intense Black on the top to tightline and Mysterious Blue on the lower waterline to start out with a smoldering effect."
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"Then, using Sephora Collection Pro Shader Brush #18, I’ll slowly start to coax the liner out of the waterline."
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"Once that is fully blended, I’ll take Sephora Collection Colorful Shadow & Liner in Dark Shimmer Taupe to fill my entire lid space until I reach the socket line where the eye naturally recedes into the brown bone."
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"Before that fully dries, I will quickly blend the edges and, using a flat brush, pack on Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Solstice. It’s a gorgeous green shift shade that adds lots of light and reflection to the look. I’ll finish with tons of mascara in a clumpy layered fashion to make the look a little messy and grungy, giving it a masculine edge."
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"My skin has been a bit sensitive lately, so I have been using the Ren Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream. It’s really hydrating and soothes any redness. Also, since I have dry skin, I need an ultra-hydrating formula that will balance and offset the matte finish of the foundation to keep my skin glowing! Since the foundation is full coverage, the cream almost softens any texture underneath the foundation and prevents any rough patches from peeking through."
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"When it comes to keeping makeup on all night, I have a few tried and true tips. For complexion, be sure to hydrate the skin very well and follow with a full coverage, water-resistant foundation. The extra coverage will give you some wiggle room in case you start to perspire a bit and the water-resistant finish will lock the foundation in place for a lot longer. Also, hydrating the skin keeps it from absorbing any of the emollients in the foundation, which in turn, causes the product to disappear quicker.

"Another quick tip is to spray a BeautyBlender with a makeup setting spray, then bounce the foundation onto the skin. This will turn any foundation formula into a water-resistant option.

"For lips and cheeks, I always recommend a gel or liquid stain. This will last through any eating or drinking and feel comfortable on the lips. Then finish with a gloss. Gloss is a lot easier to reapply throughout the night and doesn’t require a lot of thought.

"Lastly, for eyes, it is imperative that you layer creams and powder shadow formulas together to make them bolder and longer-lasting. Using cream shadow under powder acts as a magnet and locks everything into place, and not to mention really bumps up the intensity and saturation of the shadow. It’s a winning combo for any night out on the town!"
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The Sephora Pro: David Razzano

The Costume: Teddy Bear

"Aside from the plush bear costume, I will be creating a soft bear face with makeup for the finishing touch. For the overall face, I will use the Sephora Collection Make No Mistake Foundation and Concealer Stick. I plan on using a tan shade for the face and a light shade for the muzzle. For detail lines and the traditional black nose of the bear, I will be using Tarte Clay Pot Waterproof Liner in Black."
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"I will start by prepping my skin with a Sephora Collection Face Mask in Pomegranate. This will keep my skin energized for the long night ahead."
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"I definitely recommend using a setting powder and a setting spray to ensure your look lasts all night long. To set my whole look I will use Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder and a spritz of Cover Fx Mattifying Setting Spray."
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