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These Halloween Makeup Ideas Will Take Your Costume from 'Meh' to 'OMFG'

Krissy Brady is a women’s health + lifestyle writer who’s so out of shape, it’s like she has the innards of an 80-year-old. Instead of learning how to crochet, she decided to turn her emotional baggage into a writing career (genius, no?)...

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Halloween makeup straight from Instagram

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Halloween makeup straight from Instagram

You can spend hundreds of dollars on an elaborate Halloween costume, but the best beauty bloggers and Instagramers know that it is really all about the makeup. When it comes to pulling off an authentic look (be it spooky are sweet), your face really needs to be on point — it's the first thing everybody will notice, after all. Great makeup truly puts the cherry on top of a perfect costume.

If you've got a drawer (or closet) full of face paint and colorful hues you've been saving for a special occasion, it's time to pull the trigger. Some of our favorite DIY makeup looks include zombie pinups, creepy clowns and even a beautiful Beetlejuice this year.

Scary, spooky and downright disturbing makeup takes some real talent. Here's the best of the best we've seen on Instagram. (And we threw in a few tame makeup creations to balance things out.)

Originally published October 2015. Updated September 2017.

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Mermaid

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Mermaid

Mystical, magical and perfect for makeup junkies on Halloween. Or, try this easy mermaid makeup tutorial.

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Throat gore makeup

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Throat gore makeup

For those partial to Halloween costumes with blood and gore.

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Stationery gone wrong

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Stationery gone wrong

This bloody makeup mess looks way too real. It will surely win every costume contest.

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Avatar

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Avatar

A stunning makeup tutorial inspired by the blockbuster Avatar.

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Beetlejuice

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Beetlejuice

The makeup makes this a classic '80s Halloween costume.

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Catfight

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Catfight

A twist on traditional gore makeup.

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Pop art

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Pop art

Watch this video for more on how to create pop art makeup.

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Lady clown

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Lady clown

Clown makeup that's eerie and fabulous.

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Zombie pinup

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Zombie pinup

An unlikely pair, pinup and zombie. That totally works.

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Bride of Frankenstein

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Bride of Frankenstein

Another Halloween classic made perfect by killer makeup.

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'The Exorcist'

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'The Exorcist'

There are few costumes scarier than this and the makeup is key.

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Sugar skull

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Sugar skull

Halloween makeup for those who don't get into the gore scene.

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Skeleton

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Skeleton

It might be the most convincing skull makeup ever seen.

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'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

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'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

The forever-dark yet quirky The Nightmare Before Christmas makeup.

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Zipper face

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Zipper face

It's sort of like Halloween's take on a wardrobe malfunction.

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Devil(ish)

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Devil(ish)

Evil queen/devilish lady makeup that makes for a stunning Halloween costume.

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Chucky

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Chucky

Who said Chucky had to be a boy?

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Retro chic

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Retro chic

Crazy colors and some creativity make a stunning makeup look for your costume.

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Coolest zombie ever

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Coolest zombie ever

A refreshing take on zombie makeup.

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Zombie bitch

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Zombie bitch

A totally captivating pop art zombie, also dubbed the "zombie bitch."

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Spider

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Spider

Spider makeup that will give anyone the willies.

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Masquerade

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Masquerade

A haunted version of the masquerade costume. So creepy and so perfect.

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Medieval jack-o'-lantern

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Medieval jack-o'-lantern

GoT fans, this spooky take on jack-o'-lantern makeup is for you.

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Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn

As cute as she seems, Harley Quinn's not the kind of villain you'd like to meet in a dark alley.

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Dia de los Muertos

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Dia de los Muertos

We will end on the costume that celebrates the dead rather that "gorifies" them.

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