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

by Krissy Brady
Sep 20, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. ET

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.

1 /26: Cruella de Vil

1/26 :Cruella de Vil

2/26 :Mermaid

3 /26: Throat gore makeup

3/26 :Throat gore makeup

4 /26: Stationery gone wrong

4/26 :Stationery gone wrong

5/26 :Avatar

6 /26: Beetlejuice

6/26 :Beetlejuice

7/26 :Catfight

8/26 :Pop art

9 /26: Lady clown

9/26 :Lady clown

10/26 :Zombie pinup

11 /26: Bride of Frankenstein

11/26 :Bride of Frankenstein

12 /26: 'The Exorcist'

12/26 :'The Exorcist'

13 /26: Sugar skull

13/26 :Sugar skull

14/26 :Skeleton

15 /26: 'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

15/26 :'The Nightmare Before Christmas'

16 /26: Zipper face

16/26 :Zipper face

17 /26: Devil(ish)

17/26 :Devil(ish)

18/26 :Chucky

19/26 :Retro chic

20 /26: Coolest zombie ever

20/26 :Coolest zombie ever

21 /26: Zombie bitch

21/26 :Zombie bitch

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

22/26 :Spider

23 /26: Masquerade

23/26 :Masquerade

24 /26: Medieval jack-o'-lantern

24/26 :Medieval jack-o'-lantern

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

25/26 :Harley Quinn

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

26 /26: Dia de los Muertos

26/26 :Dia de los Muertos