We'll level with you: Putting together an epic, over-the-top Halloween costume each year is no easy task, and more often than we'd like to admit, we resort to throwing on a black dress, buying cat ears, and calling it a day. But this year, we refuse to believe that an on-point costume has to rack up your credit card bill or that an all-black outfit has to equate to a boring costume. To prove it to you, we combed through the coolest Instagrams to find the best inspo for Halloween makeup to go with your all-black ensemble.
Check out our favorites below, including a high-fashion witch and a celestial skeleton.
Punk Rock Vampire
Take an interesting spin on everyone's favorite cop-out costume by adding a heavy, grungy component to a classic vampire look. You'll want to create a bold, smudged smoky eye with a deep-black kohl liner (we love MAC's). To really nail the mouth, we suggest using a super-pigmented blood-red matte lipstick that’ll stay put all night, like Nars Powermatte Lip Pigment ($26) in Starwoman.
Super easy to pull off and incredibly chic, Edie Sedgwick is one of our favorite costumes. The key is crafting the perfect '60s-esque makeup, which requires a dramatic, sweeping cat eye (we suggest using Maybelline's Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner, $8). Pair your eyeliner with thick, over-the-top false eyelashes and you're well on your way to becoming a Warhol muse.
Sure, you've probably worn your fair share of cat costumes by now, but try switching it up this year by paying close attention to your brows. Fill in your arch using a tinted brow gel like Essence's Make Me Brow ($3), and use a white eyeliner pencil to create the illusion of cat-like hairs.
Elphaba From Wicked
Up your skeleton game by incorporating a celestial, glittery element. Try working a subtle amount of glitter, like Nyx's Face and Body Glitter ($6), into the white areas of your makeup for a fun pop.