This Halloween, we’re bringing scary back. Sure, we love putting together a cute or stylish look on a daily basis, but when it comes to Halloween, we’ll take scary over sexy in a heartbeat. Remember the days when it was more likely you’d see a ghost or a monster at a Halloween party than a sexy nurse or sultry cat? We’re resurrecting that time and excited to get back to the origins of Halloween costume traditions, and we’re starting with witches.
Witches have been haunting people for centuries in many different forms, which is why witches make a perfect spooky costume. There isn’t one definitive witch look, so you can get super creative, whether you’re pulling inspiration from your favorite scary movies or going for a more traditional Salem-inspired costume. Regardless of your sartorial lineup, you’ll also want to stock up on some epic witchy woman makeup, which won’t only look great on the ‘gram, but will also help you get into character.
To inspire your own Halloween witch makeup, we’ve pulled together some of the best tutorials from YouTube. There’s everything from The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West to a hanged witch—who you def don’t want haunting your nightmares.
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Want a more modern take on a witch? This pick features a crescent moon on the forehead and black forest-y twigs over the lips.
A Hanged Witch
This witch isn’t too happy about being back from the dead. The scary makeup look, which features both neck and face makeup, will turn some heads.
A Ghost of a Witch
This spooky witch is as white as a ghost—because she is. You better not be afraid of spiders, because this look calls for putting fake spiders in your hair.
Many Shades of Green
The best part about this Halloween witch makeup? It’s all about the contouring, a skill we’ve mastered over the last few years.
Fly High as Wicked‘s Elphaba
Grab a friend who can go as Dorothy, and paint your face to be the Wicked Witch of the West with this amazing Halloween tutorial.
Go Green with Envy
You can’t go wrong with green lipstick on Halloween, and this witch makeup incorporates it perfectly.
Warts & All
Up for a challenge? Start practicing this Halloween witch makeup now and you’ll floor all of your friends at the next costume party (even if it’s virtual).
Fair warning, this is probably the most terrifying Halloween witch makeup you’ll ever see, complete with gritty teeth and all. Be prepared to add a few fake pieces onto your face for the extra creepy nose and chin!
An earlier version of this story was originally published in October 2014.