12 Halloween Makeup Ideas, Courtesy of Your Favorite Celebrities

We scan through the spooky archives.

In the lead-up to Halloween, the only thing more exciting than planning your own costume is seeing what celebrities come up with to celebrate All Hallows Eve. With professional stylists, makeup artists, and costumers at their disposal, year after year many of them go all out for the holiday. (Putting those of us reliant on black cat ears to shame.)

So, whether you’re looking for your own dress-up ideas, or simply want to reminisce about celebrity spooky seasons past, here are 12 times our favorite celebrities crushed the Halloween makeup game.

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Halsey as the Corpse Bride

Who can forget when Halsey turned herself into the title character from Tim Burton's Corpse Bride last year? This look was almost all blue with expert contouring and sunken eyes. We’re guessing she needed a ton of makeup wipes afterward.

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Heidi Klum as Jessica Rabbit

One of the most iconic celebrity Halloween looks of all time, Heidi Klum completely transformed her face, hair, and body in 2015.

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Mermaid Alexa Chung

We know this look is simple, but 2018 Alexa Chung with pink hair and green lips will forever be great costume inspiration.

Ariana Grande’s “Eye of the Beholder”

Back in 2019, queen Ari made a statement on beauty standards by referencing the Twilight Zone episode, titled “Eye of the Beholder,” where conventional beauty is flipped on its head.

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Kendall Jenner as a fembot

Let’s never forget Kendall’s fembot hair from Austin Powers. It’s groovy baby.

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Taylor Hill as Gamora

Another full-body makeup look. In 2019, Taylor Hill dressed as Gamora from the legendary movie Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Drew Barrymore as a Crayon

Taking it back to 1985, this photo of Drew Barrymore in a pink crayon costume, wig, and face glitter is adorable.

Bella Hadid as Poison Ivy

Last year, Bella’s orange hair and makeup were undeniably striking. The color suits her so well that perhaps she should consider a permanent hair color change.

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Rihanna’s Pink Skull Makeup

In 2018, RiRi showed us just how makeup can elevate a Halloween look by pairing pink skeleton makeup with black patent leather. The results? Spooky-chic.

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Lil Nas X as Nicki Minaj

This hair and makeup (and clear photoshop) convinced us Lil Nas X is Nicki Minaj’s doppelganger last year.

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Kylie Jenner as Christina Aguilera

Kylie’s black chunky streaks and smokey eyes are perfect for the current Y2K revival.

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Zoe as a Vampire at Breakfast time

Leave it to Zoe Kravitz to make something simple look so cool. The fake blood, sunglasses, and towel hair are totally replicable.

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