How to Create Morticia Addams's Iconic Look for Halloween

Updated 07/11/19
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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 and Halloween as the jack-o'-lantern. It was Anjelica 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 that looks like it was poured into her 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 ($36) or spray your real locks black with black hair dye ($10) and wash it out the next morning. (If you have blonde hair, we'd recommend going with a wig, since there's always a chance of your hair becoming semi-permanently tinged with a new, pigmented product.)

Thing probably wasn't doing Morticia's makeup, but it was still quite heavy-handed. (Ba-dum-tss.) Start with a foundation a shade or two lighter than your natural skin color, like Kat Von D's Lock-It Tattoo Foundation ($36), and blend like your life depends on it. Next, sweep Almay Clear Complexion Powder in Light ($7) or Ben Nye Banana Light Powder ($14) on top. Use the darkest eyebrow pencil you can find, like Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in Black Brown ($7) (or any black pencil liner 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, but keep in mind you don't want them to look blocky.

Don't invest in a fancy frosted eye shadow unless you want to. Instead, coat your lids with Wet n Wild Color Icon Loose Pigment in Merry ($4) and use Maybelline Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner ($8) 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 ($28) across the middle of the lid and pile on as much Maybelline Great Lash Mascara in Blackest Black ($7) as you possibly can on both the top and bottom lashes.

NYX Professional Matte Lipstick in Pure Red ($6) stays on forever, meaning you can eat candy (or people, depending on just how in character you get) all night long. But 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. Glue on a pair of Static Nails Coffin Nails in Sexy Red ($14) and you're good to go.

For even more Morticia Addams inspiration, take a look at the below tutorials!

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