For those of us who live and breathe Halloween all year ’round, coming up with a costume that out-spoops your everyday spoop can be tricky. Expectations are high, and any old store-bought costume just won’t do. At Dear Darkling, we pride ourselves on the ability to piece together a costume from our existing wardrobes; the defining characteristic that sets it apart from our normal witchy attire? Makeup.
With the right paints, potions, and prosthetics, you can transform your all black ensemble into something ghastly and ghoulish. These talented makeup artists are masters of such transformations, and their creations serve as the perfect inspiration for Halloween, whether you celebrate on October 31 or all year round.
Creeping around in the Bay Area is a Xicana makeup witch creating special effects looks that take our breath away. Down to the wigs, contacts, and prosthetics, Eva’s makeup stills are immaculately detailed and downright scary.
Kimberly Margarita‘s makeup style is fashion meets fantasy and the result is ethereal and otherwordly, but not without a hint of darkness.
This 19 year old from Scotland claims that her lack of a social life allows her to spend her time on creepy face paint and makeup looks. The result? Impeccable skill and inspiring creativity. We’ll take that over a noisy party any day.
From every day wearable makeup to cosplay to insane special effects, it seems as though there is nothing Erika can’t do. She inspires the strange, beautiful, and unusual.
Ella Frank Simkins not only wows us with her incredible face makeup, ranging from the horrific to the fantastical; she also does something a little different. She transforms her hands into creepy creatures and strange sculptures.
Kat is a body painter, fantasy creator, and SFX artist from California. She may also be a mermaid. Her makeup skills are are mostly likely some form of black magic.
Anahy Nuñez is a self-proclaimed shapeshifter, using her skills as a makeup artist and body painter to transform herself into all manner of magical, frightening and otherwordly creatures.
Becky von Toetag is a magical creature from Sweden creating makeup looks inspired by horror, movies, and all things morbid. Her looks could just as easily be worn as every day magic as they could be for your local coven meeting or a mythical fantasy costume.
Self taught body painter Krysti creates dynamic, textured looks using everything from body paint to fabric and sequins. What really sets her apart from other makeup artists is the interesting and unique ways that she incorporates the use of her hands.
Merely calling themself a makeup enthusiast, Ethan only recently created their account and quickly became an iconic creator of gothic looks. Creating both wearable and costume looks, they’re a great source of weird and wonderful inspiration.
Reba, the artist behind Venomous Vanity, lives and breathes Halloween makeup all the time. There is no dabbling in beauty or fantasy; she’s straight up horror all the time, and it’s amazing.
Cass Lloyd’s account boasts the titles of “Monster Maker” and “Horror Enthusiast”, and one look at her creations and you’ll see why. Whether you’re looking to dress as your favorite creepy character or something simply scary, she’s your girl.
Featured image courtesy of @ellie35x.