5 IG Makeup Artists to Follow For Spooky AF Halloween Inspo
It’s that season when pumpkin spice is ubiquitous and MJ’s “Thriller” transcends—for a moment—to required daily listening status. Indeed, Halloween is approaching, but its arrival can evoke mixed feelings—everyone anticipates dressing up, getting boozed, and inhaling a positively sickening amount of candy, but the anxiety of figuring out where to party or who to be is hardly as enchanting as the creepy night itself. Luckily, the internet helps solve the latter dilemma (no, Trump costumes aren’t funny anymore), and these five creatives’ Instagram feeds showcase makeup looks so beautifully inventive, you might end up building a spooky get-up entirely around your eyeshadow-lip color combination.
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Nathalie Owusu hails from Massachusetts, but her aesthetic as a beauty blogger reflects her vivid Ghanaian culture rather than the stereotypical prep of New England. The dark-skinned beauty has a knack for primary colors and bold lips, and Owusu’s eye makeup—a template for those with almond-shaped eyes—is especially daring. Her feed is eye-catching (pun intended), but her looks don’t involve costume makeup, so there’s no need to hit up your local painfully overpriced Halloween pop-up shop—Sephora’s just fine.
Nashville-born and Pratt-raised, Juliana Horner’s basically done it all—from fashion design to illustration—under a variety of now-defunct Instagram monikers. Today, she’s @claropsyche, a red-haired woman who serves the most detailed looks you’ve ever seen. It actually feels a bit undermining to even call them “looks”; Horner’s face is an inimitable canvas, and the intricacies of her art manifest as pattered, pastel eyeshadows and pointed eyeliner wings inspired by 1960s retro-futurism. Her most simplistic works are unnervingly impressive, and her feed is perfect for people who want to get a little weird on the 31st, but are too lazy to dress up.
Glam Boy Jay
His name says it all: @glamboyjay is a boy, and he’s incredibly glam to the point where it’s enviable. The 24-year-old Santa Barbara-based makeup artist’s feed is usually brimming with sparkle-infused elegance by way of perfectly lined lips and classic cat eyes, but lately he’s been walking on the wild side: cheetahs, clowns, fortune-tellers, and a petrifying crossover between The Joker and Pennywise are some of his most recent creations. Jay’s only been an MUA for three years, but his talent proves that the cosmetics industry isn’t purely a girl’s world. And if you’re looking to experiment with androgyny this Halloween, then don’t sleep on this guy.
OCTOBER 8TH! ☺️ You are the best, I can't believe the response to yesterday's Beetle Juice!! 💗 This one isn't my favourite look ever but I hope you like it! I used: @meltcosmetics radioactive stack @starcrushedminerals @lasplashcosmetics liners @maccosmetics full of joy @thegypsyshrine gems @eldorafalseeyelashes s408 Hope you like it! Sorry it's late again 😫 #erikamariemua
Erika Marie is the kind of makeup artist who refuses to let an inch of skin go ignored, and it’s absolutely wonderful. The Edinburgh creative knows how to execute a seamless full face, and her trademark move is adding feminine touches to classic, full-face Halloween characters (zombies, skeletons, and other possessed terrors) via plenty of glitter, gems, and metallics. Folks who make it an annual tradition to go all out on the big day—Erika’s for you.
"Come on baby…don't fear the reaper. Take my hand…we'll be able to fly." All metallic and glitter skull 💀⚡️ * @anastasiabeverlyhills waterproof creme liner in jet. * @fentybeauty trophy wife * @shopvioletvoss rainbow palette * @limecrimemakeup shadow in boot * @patmcgrathreal Cyber clear eye gloss * @nablacosmetics dazzle liner in Klimt * @anastasiabeverlyhills lip palette * @katvondbeauty tattoo liner in trooper * @smoldercosmetics gold rush loose glitter (neck) * @wetnwildbeauty liquid metallic shadow in mysterious nights * @shophudabeauty @hudabeauty desert dusk palette Eyes are edited! Your girl takes a week to put one contact in lmao 😂my iris freckles still showed through the white, looked pretty dope!
Self-professed rule-breaking MUA Charity Leigh is self-taught in her artistry, but it’s impossible to tell. From highlight to lip color, Charity’s makeup is flawless, and there’s something ethereal about the way she manages to make the strangest colors—sky blue, sea foam green, and fluorescent orange—look effortlessly amazing. And it’s true, she is a bit of a deviant. In theory, emerald-colored lips and bronze shadow don’t sound too pretty, but Charity’s eye for coordination is sharp; even her quirky color combinations seem goddess-like. Her glowing looks are for those looking to embrace a fantastical immortality this Halloween (i.e. mermaids, vampires, hot fairies, etc.).
Featured image via Charity Leigh
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