We always plan to go all out on Halloween—you know, a full face paint, a crazy costume, the works—but we generally just don't have the time or the patience. Therefore, we'd rather take the holiday as an opportunity to switch up our standard beauty look and pay tribute to our favorite beauty icons instead. And really, what's a more classic way to emulate a glamorous makeup aesthetic this Halloween than finding inspiration from the likes of Selena and Audrey Hepburn? Keep scrolling for eight of history's most glamorous makeup icons you can easily be for Halloween.
Voluminous hair, a killer cat eye, and full lips—the glamour of Sophia Loren makes a perfect Halloween costume for anyone who prefers to take a pretty approach to the holiday. All you need is a precision-tipped liquid eyeliner like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22), a good volumizing mascara, and your trusty brow pencil. Put the finishing touches on the makeup with matte skin and slightly overdrawn lips. Start your blowout with Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse ($26), and finish with dry shampoo for even more lift.
For those willing to be a little more daring with their glamorous makeup look on Halloween, see Grace Jones. The singer/model/actress never shied away from color. Hot pink lips? Fuchsia cheeks? Purple eye shadow? Check, check, and check. Try blending MAC Eyeshadow ($16) in Stars 'n' Rockets from the crease of your eye socket to your hairline to re-create the look. The brighter the better. We suggest pairing Urban Decay Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Blush ($26) in Quickie with your brightest pink lip gloss.
Another viable option for a strong, glamorous brow moment this Halloween? Audrey Hepburn. Straight-across, full eyebrows; long curled eyelashes; and an angular Cupid’s bow are all you need to transform yourself into the actress. As for makeup necessities, try Utowa Eyelash Curler ($22) with Maybelline Lash Discovery Mascara ($8) for lashes that fit the bill. To get those thick, defined eyebrows, apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brow Powder ($23) with Smith Cosmetics 211 Brow Brush ($18).
What better excuse than Halloween to tease up your hair, pile on the black eyeliner, and play up a peachy-nude pout à la Brigitte Bardot? Just smudge black eyeliner (like Clinique Cream Shaper for Eyes in Black Diamond, $18) all along your top and bottom lash lines and into the crease to get those playful Bardot eyes. Keep the brows and skin natural, and use a pinkish or peachy nude lipstick on your lips. We like Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick in Noble ($21).
Diana Ross is a beauty girl’s dream for Halloween. All through the ’70s and ’80s, the superstar wasn’t afraid to play up her eyes, lips, and cheeks (yes, all at once). Hot pinks, vibrant reds, bright blues, and rich purples were all go-tos. Pick your favorite combination, throw on some statement earrings, and make your hair as big as possible, and you’ve got Diana Ross. We happen to love this moody purple-on-purple version from the songstress. Try Giorgio Armani Ecstasy Lacquer ($38) in Vertigo and Burberry Beauty Eye Colour Cream in Dusky Mauve ($30).
Finally an excuse to pencil on a Cindy Crawford mole! Grab your go-to long-wear eyeliner and dot on the perfect Cindy mole just above the left inner corner of your lips. Keep your brows thin and dark, and take your pick of lip colors. You can choose a frosted nude with a touch of visible lip liner to capture the model’s signature glamorous flair (a classic red) or a very ’90s brick-brown lipstick, depending on which Cindy you go for this Halloween. (Check out her most iconic looks here.) Just make sure you’ve created plenty of volume at the roots.
We suggest Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Body Builder ($29).
If blonde curls are more your speed, bring that mole up an inch onto your left cheek and start channeling the Old Hollywood glamour of Marilyn Monroe this Halloween. Give your winged eyeliner a downward angle, round out your Cupid’s bow with red lip liner, and make sure your skin glows with Dior DiorSkin Nude Air Luminizer Shimmering Sculpting Powder ($56) in Diffused Light. For the curls, you’ll need plenty of strong-hold hair spray and a set of hot rollers, like Conair Ion Shine Hair Setter ($27).
Selena’s defining glamorous style characteristic was probably her affinity for bedazzled bustiers. On the beauty front, though, it was definitely those red lips. For an epic Halloween look, choose a warm red—like Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick ($32) in Love Bite—but start with a slightly darker lip liner underneath. Defined eyes and sculpted cheekbones complete the look. To show off cheekbones like the ’90s pop sensation’s, concentrate Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Bronzer in Saddle ($28) in the hollows of your cheeks.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.