Somewhere between Charles Addams's original The Addams Family cartoon, which debuted in The New Yorker in 1938, and the Broadway take on the movie, Morticia Addams became as central to October as the Jack-o'-lantern. It was Angelica Huston's turn as the macabre matriarch in Barry Sonnenfeld's 1991 film, however, that solidified the character's iconic status. Morticia is the most glamorous member of the Addams family, with waist-length black hair and a body poured into a skintight black gown. Luckily, there's no need to break out real hair dye at this time of year. You can score a Deluxe Morticia Wig ($25) or spray your real locks black with black hair dye ($6) and wash it out the next morning. (If you have blond hair, we'd recommend going with a wig since there's always a chance of your hair reacting with a new, pigmented product.)
Thing probably wasn't doing Morticia's makeup, but it was still quite heavy-handed. Start with a foundation a shade or two lighter than your natural skin color, like this one, BareMinerals Bare Skin Foundation ($30), and sweep Almay Clear Complexion Powder in Light ($11) on top. Use the darkest eyebrow pencil you can find, like Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown ($3) (or any black eyeliner you have on hand) to fill in your eyebrows. Go ahead and exaggerate their shape both up and out—this is the one time it's okay to look like your eyebrows are drawn on.
Don't invest in a fancy frosted eye shadow, but instead, coat your lids with Wet n Wild Mega Shimmer Dust in Lotus ($11) and use Sonia Kashuk Jet Set Liquid Eyeliner in Black ($7) to line your entire eye, dragging it out into a dramatically sexy cat eye on top. Use an eye shadow brush to apply Bobbi Brown Eyeshadow in Slate ($25) across the middle of the lid and pile on as much Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Black ($4) as you possibly can on both the top and bottom lashes.
Maybelline SuperStay Lipstick in Ravishing Rouge ($7) stays on for 14 hours, meaning you can eat candy or people (depending on just how in character you get) all night long. The best part about Morticia's goth-meets-sexpot look is easily her nails. They're long, sharp, and blood-red, the better with which to chastise Wednesday and Pugsley. Press on a pair of Party City Vampiress Nails ($3) and paint a coat of Deborah Lippmann Nail Lacquer in Footloose ($18) on top.
For even more Morticia inspiration, take a look at the below tutorials!
User olivia doyle showcases how to shade and contour like a champ by creating Morticia's chiseled cheekbones, dimpled chin and structured nose with a grey-toned shadow. Try the Make Up For Ever Artist Eyeshadow in Slate ($21) to define your own features.
If turning your face completely pale white doesn't sound enticing, try this more minimalist tutorial from Real Techniques. You can easily wear it to the office on Halloween without being too made up or overdone.
Any skin tone can be Morticia Addams—just take a look at this great tutorial by Yanie Redd. She opted for a light brightening concealer underneath her eyes, along the bridge of her nose, up into her forehead and right underneath her cheekbones, and instead of the classic red Morticia lip, she filled her lips with a black eyeliner from E.l.f. ($3).
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