Whether you’re a Halloween fanatic or prefer to “trick-or-treat” from the comfort of your sofa (i.e., eating chocolate while watching The Craft), anyone can appreciate the shock factor of a particularly jaw-dropping costume. No, we’re not referring to painted-on whiskers and kitten ears; we’re talking about looks that render the wearer practically unrecognisable, with the help of everything from glitter body paint to prosthetics.
Luckily, our favourite stars never fail to disappoint—whether that’s covering your body with yellow paint (Emily Ratajkowski, we’re looking at you), donning a face-altering mask, or just re-creating a beauty look so well that they stay completely faithful to the original, there are some incredible costume ideas that we know you’ll want to copy too.
Click through our gallery to see 11 of our favourite stars who know how to do Halloween incredibly well.
Hilary Duff makes scary makeup sultry with this super-smoky eye and thick, long lashes. All you need is a smudge brush, a raven-colored wig, and a great mascara. Try Tom Ford's Extreme Mascara ($45) and Charlotte Tilbury's Eye Smudger Brush ($34).
Leave it to J.Lo to make skeleton makeup truly covetable on the red carpet at Heidi Klum's 16th annual Halloween party. The secret is in the sculpt—it's all about those cheekbones! Well, that plus a killer red lipstick like Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Mysterious Red ($26).
At the same event, Nicole Scherzinger dressed up like a zombie… bunny? It's unclear—but either way, her makeup look is on point. Draw on a healthy dose of black kohl liner—like Make Up For Ever's Kohl Pencil in Black 1K ($18)—and a bit of fake blood to re-create the look.
It takes some real commitment to a costume to cover yourself from head to toe in yellow makeup. The added blue wig transforms Emily Ratajkowski into Marge Simpson, albeit with a touch of Hollywood glamour.
This photo surfaced on the internet last year with no explanation of the occasion, though we like to imagine Lima gracing a Halloween party with this stunning corpse bride costume.
Leave it to Teigen to pull off a Toddlers & Tiaras costume with aplomb, complete with sky-high wig.
We’re not exactly sure what Allen is supposed to be—a caterpillar? Reptile? Alien?—but we appreciate the excessive sequins and green body paint nonetheless.
Hathaway’s Cleopatra costume might seem tame compared to the rest, but we give her major points for the wig, lashes and elaborate headpiece.
Oh, Iggy, can we just be you already? The rapper channeled her inner Disney villainess with black and white everything, complete with a live Dalmatian (because obviously the costume wouldn’t be complete without one).
Gigi Hadid is basically doing what we always wanted to do: become Sandy from Grease. The curly hair, thick eyeliner and red lipstick remind us why this is one of the ultimate Halloween costumes. To get a similar pout, try Barry M lipstick in Pillar Box Red (£4).
Grimes channels Frankie Stein from Monster High in 2012 for a much-welcomed new take on the standard schoolgirl costume.
Trachtenberg showed up at Heidi Klum’s annual Halloween party in 2011 with blue body paint, an orange wig, and crazy false lashes—a next-level creepy doll costume if there ever was one.
Leave it to Osbourne to pull off a particularly realistic Carrie (this one might just haunt our nightmares).
Of course, no list of celebrity Halloween costumes would be complete without Klum. Notorious for the extravagant costumes she debuts at her annual Halloween party, the supermodel won our hearts with this realistic costume of Jessica Rabbit.
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