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From Scar to Effie Trinkett; 10 of the best Halloween make-up tutorials to become your favourite film and TV characters


While some might lament at the thought of dressing up for Halloween, we're all about embracing the notion of pretending to be someone else for the night - scary or otherwise! 

To help you on your way, or just to give you some inspiration if you're headed to a party this weekend, here are 10 of the best pop culture make-up tutorials. 

Elsa, Frozen

OK, so we're probably not exactly the key target audience for Frozen but that hasn't stopped us from memorising the whole of Let It Go. Full disclosure: it's our current favourite shower song. With that in mind, it's no surprise that we'd love the opportunity to become Elsa for this year's Halloween costume. While there are many tutorials of this kind knocking baout online, this is one of our favourites we've spotted so far - the perfect cartoon eyes if we ever saw them.

Scar, The Lion King

As it's a scary time of year, why wouldn't you want to go as one of the most notorious villains in Disney's history? Scar of The Lion King is pretty terrifying, even when you don't know that he's a cold-blooded killer (1994 spoiler alert).  The trick here is mixing the right colour yellow for your face. 

Daenerys Targaryen, Game of Thrones

Ever since the Game of Thrones series began we've been desperate to find a decent make-up tutorial covering Daenerys Targaryen. There are obviously hundreds online but this one is our favourite by American beauty blogger Michelle Phan, who has amassed nearly 3 million views on this video alone, which means it must be pretty good. 

Twisty the clown, American Horror Story

This is a relatively new addition as Twisty the clown is a character in the new American Horror Story series, Freakshow. True, it might not be to everyone's taste, but Charlie Short, the make-up artist behind the YouTube channel Pinkstylist creates some truly terrifying characters from pop culture using the magic of a brush and some face paint. 

Ursula, The Little Mermaid

As a creepy Disney villain, Ursula's pale purple skin and white hair stand out in our minds as being one of the coolest looks in the whole of The Little Mermaid. Yes, even better than Ariel's. She might not be beautiful in the traditional sense but we love her full-blown goth look, which is perfect for Halloween. This video doesn't have any sound but you can see just how to contour your face like Ursula's and how to create those eyebrows.

Maleficent, Maleficent

Arguably the ultimate Disney villain, Maleficent was brought to life by Angelina Jolie this year in the non-cartoon version of the famous fairytale and because of this, we now have a new go-to costume on All Hallows' Eve. Here, Kandee Johnson has created a brilliant tutorial, without having to rely on prosthetics for the facial spikes and opt for just contouring your face correctly. 

Effie Trinkett, The Hunger Games

We don't know about you but we genuinely can't wait to see Effie Trinkett again in the new The Hunger Games movie. Her style is always so over-the-top that we look forward to seeing what new looks she's showcasing. 

Audrey Hepburn, Breakfast at Tiffany's

There is absolutely nothing about Audrey Hepburn's face we'd change, it is, without wanting to sound totally over-the-top one of the best faces we've ever seen, so why wouldn't we want to ape her look. This tutorial offers a simple way to change your face to look like hers (without actually going under the knife) with a few simple tricks and a lot of black eyeliner and mascara. 

Miss Argentina, Beetlejuice

This one is a little bit left field, but if you were ever a fan of Beetlejuice (hi 90s kids!), then you'll recognise Miss Argentina as the receptionist in the waiting room "greeting" Barbara and Adam Maitland, who have recently died. All you really need is a lot of blue face paint and a decent red wig. 

Mystique, X-Men

Seeing as Jennifer Lawrence plays the character of Mystique in the X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men: First Class, of course we wanted to see how we could recreate the look at home. While it's a little bit fiddly fixing a load of flesh latex to your face to create the scales on Mystique's face, the results are clearly worth it. 



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