Halloween Makeup Ideas From the Best Makeup Artists on Instagram
Makeup artist Erika Galloza paints characters that are equal parts cartoonish and sexy—with a creepy twist. Take her cutesy, bobblehead-like Sailor Moon, her pouty, gender-bending Captain Hook (with Tinkerbell stuck in her cleavage), or the Dita Von Teese glamour gal above batting creepy-crawly, 3D spider lashes.
If Picasso was a drag-influenced club kid instead of a painter, we imagine his art would look much like the work of Ryan Burke. Burke’s museum-worthy eye landed him a spot on legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath’s team. Using graphic lines and geometric shapes (plus a handful of glitter), he turns the face into something abstract and striking from a far more glamorous planet.
This 25-year-old makeup artist has been face painting for less than two years, but she’s kept busy: She has more than 540,000 Instagram followers, a channel for YouTube tutorials, and her own Halloween makeup hashtag, #HANZOWEEN. From looks like the Miss Peregrine-falcon mashup above, or Pokemon’s Pikachu and Ivysaur, you’ll want to catch ’em all.
Self-taught body painter and special effects artist Alexys Fleming, a.k.a. Lex from Made Yew Look, has been doing her thing on YouTube since 2011, where she has more than 2 million followers. Always thinking outside the last-minute-Halloween-costume box, she’s turned herself into a classic children’s book illustration, a Ouija board, and an old-school traditional tattoo flash (above).
If you’re prone to nightmares, maybe you should skip over looking at the Halloween makeup from special effects artist and body painter Evangeline LaMorte, and her possessed wooden puppet with pigtails, evil jack-o’-lantern clown, and unfortunate young lady caught mid-exorcism.
Face painter and makeup artist Natascha Pedersen has several unexpected ideas up her sleeve—see her reverse Rorschach inkblot look, or check out how she manages to transform evening makeup into a latex-like mask with a few precise swipes of white liquid liner. Our favorite? The time she turned herself into a porcelain Royal Copenhagen teacup.
At just 18 years old, makeup artist Ellie H-M explains away her massive talent humbly on her IG profile: “I have no social life so I do Facepaint, Make-up and creepy stuff!” Check out her regal-yet-repulsive Gator Girl and Spider Queen looks and her take on a Terminator-like cyborg.
You can find face painter Brenna Mazzoni’s clever looks on her feed mixed in with pics of cosplay with her kiddos and the occasional yoga pose—everything from a perfectly symmetrical half angel-half devil character to Bizarro a.k.a. Supergirl. Our favorite look is this clever sunburn with tan lines. (Mere mortals can recreate reverse raccoon eyes on the fly with just a bronzer and a blush.)