In our humble opinion, the best Halloween costumes are ones that, well… don’t require a costume. Hear us out for a second. Contrary to popular belief, not all people who love this holiday are completely on board with getting gussied up from the shoulders down. And for that select crew, we recommend getting creative in the hair and makeup department.
If you don’t want to channel your inner vamp with a work-friendly beat, there’s also the opposite end of the spectrum: a look inspired by an iconic moment. From Bettie Page’s classic coif to one of Rihanna’s most memorable Met Gala moments, here are a handful of classic celebrity looks that anyone will recognize when you step out on the Halloween.
French-girl beauty wasn't really a thing until this iconic beauty stepped onto the scene. If you're looking for that "less is more" vibe, throw your hair into a messy updo, and pair it with a simple cat-eye and nude lip.
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Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
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Pink highlighter wasn't a must-try trend until Rihanna did it effortlessly at the Met Gala. (Don't forget to try this look with Fenty Beauty swag, of course.)
Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil in Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset
Even if you're not planning a walk down the aisle, curb your royal fever by re-creating the Duchess of Sussex's clean (and absolutely stunning) beauty look from her big day.
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All you need is a black wig with that classic short bang to channel your inner pinup for an effortlessly sexy vibe. Don't forget a power lipstick, too.
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Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in Red Carpet Red
Though we agree that having a pixie cut will make your re-creation a lot more successful, a volumizing and lengthening mascara will definitely take you far.
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Benefit They're Real! Lengthening Mascara
Pick out your curls and don't forget the sheen spray before you step out emulating this blaxploitation icon.
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ORS Sheen Spray
The early 2000s are officially the new '90s, which means this "Dirrrty" look is bound to spark up all the nostalgia at your Halloween party.
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It's hard to pick just one unforgettable Gaga look, but this ombre-mustard hair and pink lipstick combo is just too good to pass up.
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MAC Lipstick in Candy Yum-Yum
Dita Von Teese
It really doesn't get more Halloween than a jet-black coif and classic red lipstick, otherwise known as the burlesque performer's signature look.
NYX Makeup Liquid Suede Lipstick in Kitten Heels
Grab two of your best girlfriends and pump up the hair volume with plenty of hairspray (or wigs) to embody one of music's most groundbreaking girl groups.
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Healthy Sexy Hair So Touchable Hairspray
Since winning her Oscar for 12 Years a Slave, Nyong'o and her go-to stylist Vernon Francois haven't ceased delivering plenty of memorable natural hairstyles to the red carpet, including this towering updo at the Met Gala.
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Ah, who could forget when J. Lo hit the MTV VMAs red carpet in this classic updo and bejeweled bandana. If we had to describe the year 2000 with one picture, this would be it.
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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Butterscotch
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You definitely won't keep them guessing the moment you throw on a platinum blonde wig, black eyeliner and a glossy red lip. And because "diamonds are a girl's best friend," you might as well add a bit of sparkle, too.
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Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner
All hail Queen Bey, whose beauty wins are too many to count. However, we'd be remiss to completely overlook this classic head-to-toe goddess steez from the 2017 Grammy Awards.
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Marc Jacobs Beauty Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter
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Madge has gone through so many beauty phases, but her early-to-mid'80s look is the most iconic and easy to recognize.
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OUAI Wave Spray
Grab some duckbill clips, practice your Mona Lisa smile and you're one step closer to reimagining the singer's award-winning A Seat at the Table album cover.
Minalo 12pcs Transparent Sectioning Plastic& Metal Duckbill Clips