9 Runway Beauty Looks to Inspire Your Halloween Costume
In the thick of all the bare faces and don’t-care hair we’ve seen throughout fashion month, the handful of shows that featured avant-garde hair and makeup certainly stood out by contrast. And the beauty of the spring shows is that they happen during a time of year when we’re actually on the hunt for crazy costume inspiration—the 31st is rapidly approaching, after all.
So why not start with one of these beauty looks and let the rest of your Halloween getup fall into place from there? Check out nine catwalk-inspired hair and makeup looks to consider as your costume, below.
Chances are you have materials for this getup already sitting in your closet, which makes it a perfect last-minute solution (but a worthy one nonetheless). For this throwback hair look, hairstylist Jimmy Paul divided locks into two ponytails and secured them with strips of fabric before finishing with Bumble and Bumble's Thickening Hairspray ($43).
A beauty look that pokes fun at another beauty look? How meta—and genius. Show the world you’re over the contouring fad by going over-the-top with product and leaving it unblended, à la HbA. Use Smashbox's Step By Step Contour Kit ($66) and don’t be afraid to get a little messy.
More is always more with Jeremy Scott’s designs, and the kitschy hair and makeup look that graced his runway this season was no exception. The models wore wigs, but if you’re feeling committed, you can get similarly high-octane locks with some strong hair spray (like Moroccanoil's Luminous Hairspray Strong Finish, $38) and a teasing comb. Draw on doll-like lashes with Nars’ Eye Paint ($35) in Black Valley and super-size your pout by extending some orange-pink lip colour (try Maybelline's Color Sensational Lipcolor, $17, in Mandarin Fizz) outside your natural lip line.
Hoffman’s entire collection (and beauty look) was inspired by the Americana icon, after all. And it’s an easy ’do to copy: All you need is two long braids (which you can find at Party City or most costume stores, if you don’t have the natural length) and some fabric for a bohemian headband. If you want to take it the extra mile, weave in some of the fabric as you braid.
Those who wish it could be Coachella season all year round will love that this romantic look goes hand in hand with a flower crown. But first, start with that youthful flush: Apply MAC’s Powder Blush ($41) in Pinch Me to lips, cheeks, and eyelids. Pull hair into a loose, messy ponytail or a half-up ’do (leaving pieces out), and top with the floral headpiece of your choice.
Mermaids might be more commonly associated with long, beachy waves, but this ultra-pretty, net-adorned style seen at 3.1 Phillip Lim certainly made the case for a sea-inspired updo. To get the look, pull hair back into a messy low-knot before wrapping a strip of mesh netting ($7) around the crown of your head. Finish the marine look by lining eyes with Nars’ Eye Paint ($35) in Solomon Islands.
Leave it to Miuccia Prada (and Pat McGrath) to create a look that’s simultaneously chic and off-kilter. Inspired by the future with a punk-rock twist, McGrath used her soon-to-be-launched Gold 001 powder on the catwalkers’ lips. The high-impact look was finished off with choppy, piece-y fringes, which were slicked down with hair gel.
True to Westwood’s out-there way of thinking, no two models on her catwalk looked the same this season: Whether it was multicoloured brows or noses, the girls donned different, abstract designs on their faces. Simply snatch up some face paint and get creative—and feel free to extend the notion to your hair, as well.
Walking into a room full of models with this hair remains one of the highlights of our fashion month experience—and as twisted and weird as it is, it obviously packs some major impact. Opt for the geisha makeup if you’re the go-big-or-go-home type, but even just one element of this look is avant-garde enough. For that topsy-turvy hair, Bumble and Bumble lead stylist Jimmy Paul braided around wire to secure the height and locked it in with the brand's Classic Hairspray ($38). Add bows to the end, and top with a hat (punched with holes for the braids) if you’re aiming to duplicate the look exactly.
Which of these looks would you consider for Halloween? Any costume ideas you want to share? Tell us in the comments below!