Halloween Makeup Artist: If you’ve ever set foot on Santa Monica Boulevard on Halloween night, you’ve seen makeup so fantastical, so expert it looks like it’s straight out of either a horror movie a MAC store. We’re talking animals of every breed, Jokers of every franchise incarnation, rainbows, lighting, stars, stripes—but how many Halloween paraders do their own fabulous fantasy makeup? Unless you’ve got Drag Race-caliber skills, you might want to seek the help of a professional.
If you have some extra dough (and a few extra hours), artists all over L.A. are taking appointments. With professional illusion makeup, you don’t really need much of a costume—your face becomes a mask that’ll launch a thousand selfies.
Pout, which opened this past June, is offering bespoke Halloween makeup—and hair, if you want to go all the way. They have a number of Pout Pro Artists on hand and prices run from $35-$150-plus depending on complexity of the look. Want to be Pennywise the Clown from It? Want a face full of graffiti? Like Elizabeth Warren, Pout’s pros have a plan for that. It’s like nail art for your visage. And you won’t do better price-wise. For appointments visit: poutbeautybar.com. 11135 Weddington St., North Hollywood.
This is a collection of fantasy and special-effects makeup artists you can book appointments with: Agne Skaringa, a beauty and fantasy makeup and hair artists; Sioux Sinclair, a special effects makeup expert; and Julia, also a special-effects makeup artist. If you check out their collective portfolios, you’ll find Victorian crypt keepers, zombies, traffic accident faces, Grace Jones, a silver geisha, many varieties of ghouls, punks, steampunks—you get the idea. They’ll also do full-body makeup, should you so desire. For appointments call: (323) 541-8080.
Edward Cruz is an established Hollywood beauty makeup artist who’s worked with Alyssa Milano, Anna Wintour, Pryanka Chopra, Cindy Crawford, and Emilia Clarke—he can turn you into a modern red-carpet beauty, but he can also turn you into a gorgeous Cleopatra or Hedy Lamar or Elizabeth Taylor. For $500.00, he will travel to you, no matter where you are in the L.A. area. For appointments, write to Edward@EdwardCruz.com.
Why buy a cookie-cutter costume when you can create makeup magic instead? We rounded up eight of the best makeup artists on Instagram with next-level Halloween makeup ideas. As you could imagine, they do a little bit more than just drawing on whiskers with eyeliner. Get ready for some fascinating Halloween makeup ideas that you should definitely recreate at home.
Makeup artist Erika Galloza paints characters that are equal parts cartoonish and sexy — with a creepy twist. Take her cutesy, bobblehead-like Sailor Moon, her pouty, gender-bending Captain Hook (with Tinkerbell stuck in her cleavage), or the Dita Von Teese glamour gal above batting creepy-crawly, 3D spider lashes.
If Picasso was a drag-influenced club kid instead of a painter, we imagine his art would look much like the work of Ryan Burke. Burke’s museum-worthy eye landed him a spot on legendary makeup artist Pat McGrath’s team. Using graphic lines and geometric shapes (plus a handful of glitter), he turns the face into something abstract and striking from a far more glamorous planet.
This 26-year-old makeup artist has been face painting for less than two years, but she’s kept busy: She has more than 540,000 Instagram followers, a channel for YouTube tutorials, and her own Halloween makeup hashtag, #HANZOWEEN. From looks like the Miss Peregrine-falcon mashup above, or Pokemon’s Pikachu and Ivysaur, you’ll want to catch ’em all.
Self-taught body painter and special effects artist Alexys Fleming, a.k.a. Lex from Made Yew Look, has been doing her thing on YouTube since 2011, where she has more than 2 million followers. Always thinking outside the last-minute-Halloween-costume box, she’s turned herself into a classic children’s book illustration, a Ouija board, and an old-school traditional tattoo flash (above).
If you’re prone to nightmares, maybe you should skip over looking at the Halloween makeup from special effects artist and body painter Evangeline LaMorte, and her possessed wooden puppet with pigtails, evil jack-o’-lantern clown, and unfortunate young lady caught mid-exorcism.
Face painter and makeup artist Natascha Pedersen has several unexpected ideas up her sleeve — see her reverse Rorschach inkblot look, or check out how she manages to transform evening makeup into a latex-like mask with a few precise swipes of white liquid liner. Our favorite? The time she turned herself into a porcelain Royal Copenhagen teacup.
At just 19 years old, makeup artist Ellie H-M explains away her massive talent humbly on her IG profile: “I have no social life so I do Facepaint, Make-up and creepy stuff!” Check out her regal-yet-repulsive Gator Girl and Spider Queen looks and her take on a Terminator-like cyborg.
You can find face painter Brenna Mazzoni’s clever looks on her feed mixed in with pics of cosplay with her kiddos and the occasional yoga pose — everything from a perfectly symmetrical half angel-half devil character to Bizarro a.k.a. Supergirl. Our favorite look is this clever sunburn with tan lines. (Mere mortals can recreate reverse raccoon eyes on the fly with just a bronzer and a blush.)