Okay, so it's approximately seven days before Halloween (five if you're celebrating over the weekend)—what's your costume status? Have you been planning an awesome outfit for months? Did you come up with a solid plan a little over a week ago? Or are you like some of us here at Byrdie HQ who have no idea what on earth we're going to be yet? If you can relate mostly to the latter, we've got some great costume inspo that only involves a few components: black and white paint and a small makeup brush. And since Halloween face paint is so cheap, you won't have to fork over a pretty penny for one of those pre-made Halloween costumes. Dear readers, behold the half-skeleton.
This look is trending, so in order to avoid having the exact same look as every other half-skeleton out there (a sentence we'd never thought we'd write until now), we've rounded up some breathtaking looks from YouTubers that you can take notes from and put your spin on (because this is Halloween, after all—time to get crafty!). Take a look at our favorite half-skeleton looks below.
YouTuber Roxxsaurus created a hauntingly beautiful half-skeleton by focusing the bones on the lower half of her face and creating a moody smoky eye up top.
You may need to brush up on your shading skills to master an intricate half-skeleton like vlogger Pollyanne B's. Our favorite part of this look? The single white contact in her right eye to really drive the skeleton look home.
Not into an organic human-like skull look? Dress up your half-skeleton with an embellished, dressed-up Day of the Dead variation. Don't forget the flower crown!
Similarly, create a sugar skull look on the bottom half of your face, complete with black lips for extra drama. We love Make Up For Ever's Artist Rouge Lipstick in Black ($22) for its opacity and staying power.
For a more colorful variation, we're getting serious EDM vibes from this psychedelic rainbow skull. To create the color splotches, vlogger Paulina Alaiev used Nyx Primal Colors Eyeshadow ($5) in various shades.
If you're really looking to get fancy with your makeup, this neon half-skeleton inspired by pop art will blow everyone's mind at your upcoming Halloween party. It even extends well into the neck and décolletage for extra oomph. Try this Aquacolor paint from Kyrolan ($6) for your own vibrant skeleton look.
Are you still on the fence about what you'd like to be this year? Tell us what you're thinking of being in the comments, and keep checking back on Byrdie.com for more inspiration!