The Only Beauty Products Makeup Artists Will Use On Halloween

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Take away the medals or the yearlong contract with Kellogg's, and Halloween makeup might as well be the beauty equivalent of the Olympics for makeup artists. They are the Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps — pretty much genetically engineered to be good at it.

That's why, in a world where a single click can pull up 779 million tips, costumes, and tutorials, you're better off following their advice on the matter. So if you're dying to know the products you need for All Hallows' Eve, we asked the pros behind Cardi B, Sarah Hyland, and Ashley Graham's best beauty looks ahead.

When your face is dressed to thrill — that's worth its own pedestal.


Dionne Wynn
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Dionne Wynn

Who: Dionne Wynn, Tiffany Haddish's makeup artist

Favourite Halloween Makeup Look: "It's been awhile since I've done Halloween makeup specifically because I'm usually working on set, but I love Tiffany's looks from the MTV Movie and TV Awards. They would work Halloween because there's such a trend right now in making majestic, ghoulish, or demonic themes look sexy. The key is to do a full beauty face then add in the special effects after."

Best Halloween Beauty Advice: "Special effects products will not stay if oil is present, so I avoid anything with oil in it on the skin. The makeup simply will not hold."

William Tuttle Creme Foundation in Cafe Ole
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William Tuttle Creme Foundation in Cafe Ole

"Foundations have evolved so much in the past years. The theatrical or Halloween specific ones to use would be William Tuttle Creme Foundation in Cafe Ole ($18) or Ben Nye. Cosmetics brands that I know have great foundations with staying power are Tom Ford, Huda Beauty, and Black Up."

Ben Nye Mass Casualty Simulated Blood Powder
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Ben Nye Mass Casualty Simulated Blood Powder

"There are a few staple products that not a lot of people know about for special effects that I use, like the Ben Nye Mass Casualty Simulated Blood Powder ($22), which you activate by spraying with water. Or you can buy 'eyeblood' — drops specifically for the eyes to give them that bleeding look."


Mehron 3-D Gel Fleshtone Costume Theatre Realistic Effects
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Mehron 3-D Gel Fleshtone Costume Theatre Realistic Effects

"To make any scar or wound you like, I recommend the Mehron 3-D Gel Fleshtone Costume Theatre Realistic Effects ($7)."

Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal
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Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal

"The Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal ($21) makes anything waterproof — like mascara, eyeliner. Anything!"

Allan Avendaño
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Allan Avendaño

Who: Allan Avendaño, celebrity makeup artist to Sarah Hyland, Vanessa Hudgens, and Zendaya, Differin spokesperson

Favourite Halloween Makeup Look: "I love Halloween makeup, but I never get dressed up. Except last year, I did dress up as a circus Strongman."

Best Halloween Beauty Advice: "There's so much Halloween makeup that's mass-produced, and it's hard to know what's really in it. So I would invest in real cosmetics, and don't just pick up face paint from the drugstores. When you're a kid it's okay to do a little bit of that, but even then, it's a little weird. I'm so sensitive that I would probably break out with some hideous rash if I used any of that stuff."

Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer
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Ben Nye Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer

"Ben Nye was a famous Hollywood makeup artist, and there's this old-school Final Seal Matte Makeup Sealer ($18) product that I've used on water shoots — where people actually dunk their heads in water — and it miraculously doesn't move. It does a good job just holding up Halloween makeup, for sure."

Make Up For Ever Pro Special Effects Palette #1
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Make Up For Ever Pro Special Effects Palette #1

"If someone is really serious about a Halloween look, I would use real cosmetics or at least real special effects cosmetics, like the Make Up For Ever Pro Special Effects Palette #1 ($29) or MAC because [these brands] offer so many artsy, fartsy products that you can create looks with. That's worth the investment."

Katie Jane Hughes
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Katie Jane Hughes

Who: Katie Jane Hughes, makeup artist to Rosie Huntington Whiteley and Ashley Graham

Favourite Halloween Makeup Look: "If you're more of a fashion girl and don't want to do too much, a sexy, goth-y witch is so easy. You just take a red lipstick, and then apply a dark brown eyeliner to the corners of your lips to get that contour. Finish with a smoky eye and glossy skin and it looks super modern."

Best Halloween Beauty Advice: "It's Halloween — it's about breaking out of your comfort zone. So do something you normally wouldn't try. Find your alter ego you've always wanted to explore, and do it."

NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment
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NARS Powermatte Lip Pigment

"NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments ($26) are one of my favourite things to use as face paint, because technically they are lip paints. You can also use it on a liquid liner brush and apply it as lip liner for a vampy look."

Wet 'n' Wild Colour Icon Glitter Single in Groupie

Wet 'n' Wild Colour Icon Glitter Single in Groupie

"Wet 'n' Wild has some really great Halloween pressed glitters, like the Colour Icon Glitter Single in Groupie ($1), which I love. You can press it onto the lips and it looks great. I keep them in my kit year-round."


MAC Pro Chromacake in Landscape Green
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MAC Pro Chromacake in Landscape Green

"For people who really want to get into it, MAC Cosmetics has a pro section with the most incredible face paints. The MAC Pro Chromacake ($29) is like face paint for grown-ups. You can paint whatever you want with it."


Erika La Pearl
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Erika La Pearl

Who: Erika La Pearl, Cardi B's resident makeup artist

Favourite Halloween Makeup Look: "I love to do the two-face makeup look, where one side is beautifully made up and flawless and the other side is painted as the skull."

Best Halloween Beauty Advice: "Creativity is a must, and this is that time of year that gives you creative freedom. Anything goes. My only no-no is to avoid products that are flammable. Read the instructions."


NYX Professional Makeup Slide-On Pencil in Pure White
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NYX Professional Makeup Slide-On Pencil in Pure White

"I recommend using dark lipsticks, black eyeliners, bold eye shadow and of course the NYX Professional Makeup Slide-On Pencil in Pure White ($8) for the most dramatic look."

Kiss Flirty Eyelashes
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Kiss Flirty Eyelashes

"When you want to do really dramatic or crazy looks, add on eyelashes with spiders or glitter. Kiss Lashes has very affordable ones like the Kiss Flirty Eyelashes ($4) for less than $5 bucks at drugstores. Adding bottom lashes gives an extra flare. Don't be afraid to stack your lashes and add an extra pair. You can even extend the lashes beyond the corner of your eye, and no one will blink twice at you!"