11 Super-Instagrammable Halloween Makeup Looks to Try This Year

Ahead of Halloween and all the frightening fun that will soon ensue, we gathered a few of our favorite dramatic Halloween makeup looks for inspiration. No doubt they will garner more likes on Instagram than your roommate the "sexy cat" or your neighbor the "sexy pumpkin." 

Click, get inspired, and bookmark this page for next year too. We've got you covered. 

Woman in Warhol-muse inspired makeup

A Warhol Muse

Inspired by Jane Forth in the '70s, this high-shine lip and warm rose gold eye (courtesy of makeup artist Robin Black) is exactly what you need to bring up images of Warhol during his prime. 

A woman in surrealist makeup

"The Lovers"

Dress up like surrealist photographer Man Ray's iconic lips in "The Lovers." All you need is Nars's Powermatte Lip Pigment in Starwoman ($26)—and maybe a ring light for selfies.

Alien-inspired Halloween makeup


Alien Whose Human Mask Tore

Using Milk Makeup's Blur Liquid Matte Foundation ($40), Ubame Mascara ($24), and Eye Pigment in Mermaid Parade ($24), @thebeautifuldaughter created a look she calls "alien whose human mask tore."

Woman in disco diva makeup

A Studio54 VIP

Makeup artist Robin Black is known for her well-lit, high shine, unbelievably pigmented makeup looks. Gather inspiration from this one and take Halloween by storm as a VIP at Studio 54.

Woman in daisy makeup

A Daisy

Take it down a notch (but stay groovy) à la beauty blogger Ingrid Nilsen with this flower-child daisy look.

Woman with spiderweb eye makeup

Spider Eyes

Or take it up a notch and dress your eyes with spiderwebs. Complete the look with a red waterline and the wispiest lashes you can find—you're sure to wow your feed with your skills.

Woman in skull makeup with devil horns

Devilish Skeleton

It's a devil, it's a skeleton, it's a—mix of both, really. If it's a toss-up between these two spooky Halloween makeup options, make like @issheblackorazn and do both.

Peacock-inspired Halloween makeup


A Peacock—But Make it Fashion

Model @slickwoods looks cool every single day, not just on Halloween. Inspired by her feather-adorned shot, try a peacock costume—but make it fashion.

Woman covered in beauty products

A Beauty Maven

Chriselle Lim knows how to make a product lover laugh and did just that with this costume. Well played, Chriselle.

Woman in artistic editorial makeup

A Pat McGrath Muse

Who doesn't want to dress up for mother? Do like the supermodels do backstage during fashion month and paint your face using Pat McGrath Labs' newest confections. You won't be sorry (and your Instagram followers are sure to double-tap).

Woman in dramatic makeup with crystal teardrops

Glamour Icon

Fluttery lashes, a brown glossy lip, and faux teardrops are what you'll need to get achieve this Madonna-esque look.

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