Halloween is more than just a time to play dress up. It's a time to go big or go home—and for many, this includes a total transformation from head to toe.
Enlisting the help of the most talented makeup artists in the biz, celebs have a tendency to kick things up a notch each time October 31st comes around, and we are so here for it. Every year, we excitedly await the Instagram posts and party photos that show what looks the stars have created—and their all-out makeup skills often give us just the inspiration we need for our future spooky plans.
If you're looking for a little Haloween inspo for the upcoming holiday, here are some of our favorite looks from recent years that went above and beyond in the makeup department. Happy haunting!
Lizzo as Grogu
In 2021, Lizzo transformed into everyone's favorite character from The Mandalorian, and we're seriously impressed with her commitment to the green makeup and prosthetics. Love it, we do.
Cardi B as Cruella De Vil
In 2017, Cardi B went all out as the infamous villain, embracing her two-toned hair, red lips, and modern smoky eye.
Gigi Hadid as The Mask
Who knew a comedic superhero could be this chic? With the help of a glam team headed by makeup artist Patrick Ta, Gigi Hadid took The Mask's titular character into supermodel territory with contour, a smoky eye, and lipstick in tones that complement the green face paint.
Chanel Iman as a Mummy
Who knew mummies could have model figures? As Chanel Iman proves, they definitely can. That pale grey lipstick you bury in your makeup drawer because it washes you out? Now is the time to bust it out. As far as the rest of the makeup goes, go for subtle gray tones on the complexion and eyes, and pull the whole look together with eye-catching colored contacts.
Heidi Klum as Fiona from Shrek
It's no surprise that Heidi Klum fully committed to this role—she's known as the Queen of Halloween, after all. Each year she hosts a star-studded bash where fans and celebs alike wait to see what her highly anticipated costume will be, and in 2018, she brought her A-game once again.
Chloe Bailey as Lola from Shark Tales
Chloë Bailey took Halloween creativity to new heights by reimagining the beloved animated fish voiced by Angelina Jolie. Lola's stripes become a barely there minidress, and Bailey's dramatic purple eyeshadow, glossy red lip, and burgundy wig drive the Shark Tales inspiration home.
Victoria Justice as a Ouija Board
The actress and singer used black and white makeup across her face and upper body to personify the classic Ouija board. Whether you believe in their powers or not, we can all agree this was a creative interpretation for sure.
Halsey as Poison Ivy
Rocking the iconic fiery red, long locks and body paint well, everywhere, Halsey perfectly captured Poison Ivy in all her glory. The barely there costume featured a bra and underwear made of greenery, with vines wrapped around each leg, and arm-length gloves to complete the look.
Winnie Harlow as Grace Jones
One of the best Halloween costume ideas is channeling an icon you look up to, and that's just what Winnie Harlow did when she recreated several Grace Jones moments in 2021. We especially loved this tribute to the star's patterned white body paint look, as it gets a whole new life against Harlow's unique vitiligo pigmentation, which she's confidently embraced throughout her successful modeling career.
Kylie Jenner as The Little Mermaid
Kylie Jenner always brings the full glam, and for Halloween 2019, she made Ariel all her own. In addition to a seashell bra, netted sleeves, and a green miniskirt, the star went all out in the beauty department with lengthy pink acrylics, a luxe red wig, and a makeup look that's giving us full siren eyes vibes.
Hailey Bieber as Britney Spears
In a major tribute, Hailey Bieber recreated four iconic Britney Spears looks for Halloween 2021. The model and entrepreneur's signature fresh-faced makeup look works perfectly for the schoolgirl aesthetic of "...Baby One More Time."
Ciara as Selena
Selena left a major impact during her short career to become one of the most beloved Latina artists, and we loved Ciara's 2021 tribute to the icon's last concert in 1995. From the latex jumpsuit to the stunning wig to the glowing skin and red lip, every detail is a beautiful tribute to the queen of Tejano music.
Lisa as the Squid Game Doll
Squid Game was undeniably one of the biggest sources of Halloween costume inspiration in 2021, as scores of the show's fans recreated the breakout hit's iconic green jumpsuits as well as the doll from "Red Light, Green Light." Blackpink's Lisa did a standout job at embodying the latter, getting the doll's pigtails and makeup just right and debuting the look with a spooky mirror photoshoot.
Normani as a Goldfish
Some think outside the box, and others think outside the fishbowl. In 2021, Normani decided to go for a goldfish Halloween costume, and her radiant orange makeup beautifully complements her fin-and-scale-covered minidress.