“I’m a big believer in the idea that Halloween costumes shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. There’s no reason you can’t whip something up using items you already own, paired with a few cool makeup tricks. I love this super-thick eyeliner pen because it’s great for painting on designs — DIY Face Lace anyone?”
2. Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
“This classic mask is like beauty hocus pocus — apply the obsidian cream to your face, let it do its thing for 20 minutes, then scrub it off to reveal visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Creating light from something dark? Now that’s magic.”
$34, available at Sephora.
3. Ciaté Sequined Manicure in Super Duper
“Halloween is not a time to play it safe, so be sure to up your beauty game with products that take basic ideas to the extreme. Instead of plain old glitter polish, try this sequined manicure kit from Ciaté — it leaves your nails covered in textured sparkles. It’s like Miu Miu’s Glitter Pumps, but for your nails.”
$15, available soon at Sephora.
4. Lancôme L’Absolu Nu in Prune Mantille
“A deep, blackened-plum lip makes me feel like the heroine in a tragic, Gothic romance. Where many purple lipsticks actually wind up looking more wine or raspberry when applied, this one stays true to its ultra-dramatic promise. To keep the final effect from being too overwhelming, I would suggest rubbing some onto your fingertip and then pressing the color onto your lips — this will create a much subtler stain that won’t give you that Morticia Addams look. Unless of course you want to look like Morticia, then by all means layer this lippie on, the more intense the better.”
$29.50, available at Lancôme.
5. Arcona Pumpkin Lotion 10%
“Nothing gets me in the Halloween spirit quite like the smell of pumpkin. Even though I can’t douse my body in Starbucks’ Pumpkin Lattes (not that I haven’t briefly entertained that notion), I can slather on this hydrating lotion each morning — it smells amazing and has glycolic acid, so it gets rid of dead skin cells and makes my skin glow.”
$35, available at Beauty.com.
6. Napoleon Perdis Lady Fern Faux Lashes
“I don’t think I really need a concrete reason to be obsessed with these — they’re crazy fake lashes with lace. ‘Nuff said.”
$20, available at Nordstrom.
7. Scünci Hot Streaks
“Ever since I saw the punky, cool hair streaks at Peter Som’s spring ’13 show, my devotion to rainbow hair has been reinvigorated. These clip-in strands are a little more vibrant than what we saw on the runway, but hey — it’s Halloween. If you’ve ever toyed with wearing highlighter yellow streaks in your hair (you know you have), now is the time to try it.”
$24.99 for pack of four, available at Target.
8. Redken Powder Grip 03
“Super-teased, sky-high hair is the ultimate lazy-girl costume — it looks cool and spooky with minimal effort. You can do everything from a ’60s mod girl to a Victorian vampire just by adding some major oomph to your hair. This volumizing powder from Redken reminds me of a dearly departed Aveda product — Pure Abundance Hair Potion — because it gives you tons of volume, but also super-hold, so you don’t have to worry about your sky-high ‘do falling flat a few hours later.”
$14.50, Redken for salons.
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