Halloween costumes don’t need to be limited to what you wear. Makeup can be a huge part of your look, especially if you’re going for a truly transformative experience this Oct. 31 — and if you don’t know where to start, there’s plenty of help out there online.
The following videos are Halloween-themed makeup tutorials posted on YouTube by experts, based on popular characters from movies and comics. Listed below you’ll find step-by-step walkthroughs on makeup looks for Nebula and Gamora from “Guardians of the Galaxy,” Harley Quinn from the upcoming “Suicide Squad” film, Edward Scissorhands from the classic Tim Burton film, Mystique from the “X-Men” franchise, comic book versions of both Iron Man and Deadpool, Jem from “Jem and the Holograms,” Poison Ivy from “Batman and Robin,” and a terrifying walker from “The Walking Dead.”
All the products, brushes, wigs and makeup used to create these looks are all listed in the videos, giving you what you need to transform into these amazing characters. Even if you’re not planning to recreate these looks right away, you can save them for a comic convention cosplay or enjoy the videos as examples of creative cinematic transformations. As you proceed, beware the walker — zombies have been known to break through glass.
1. The Walking Dead by Hello Gorgeous
How to decay zombie skin, in three easy steps!
2. Edward Scissorhands by Emma Pickles
Creep out all your friends and neighbors. Scissors not included.
3. Mystique by Klairedelys
Who knew shapeshifting could be so easy?
4. Gamora by Pixiwoo
The “Guardians of the Galaxy” hero never looked so good, just watch out for Star-Lord’s “pelvic sorcery.”
5. Nebula by Pixiwoo
Captain Picard has nothing on this gorgeous bald babe, Thanos’ more villainous daughter.
6. Iron Man by Madeyewlook
You don’t need a suit of armor to have a suit of armor.
7. Harley Quinn by Pixiwoo
A baseball bat (or giant sledgehammer, for a more comic book-y touch) would really bring this look together.
8. Deadpool by Madeyewlook
Only thing missing is the ability to paint a censor over this merc’s mouth.
9. Jem and the Holograms by Hello Gorgeous
The film may not have taken off at the box office, but you can still look truly outrageous on Halloween.
10. Poison Ivy by Pixiwoos
Poison Ivy, in her various incarnations, is a popular costume for Halloween and comic conventions — just beware that deadly kiss.
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