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Halloween inspiration: How to look like your favourite scary Netflix characters

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We can all throw a witch's hat on with a failsafe LBD and call it fancy dress, but if you're thinking of trying out an actually quite freaky look this Halloween, Netflix have put together a guide to recreating some of its best scary TV characters, from Orange is the New Black to The Vampire Diaries.

Leading make-up artist Katy Fray, who came up with the looks, has worked on such huge films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and was lead prosthetic make-up artist in The Hobbit trilogy. Now there's no excuse for donning your usual attire and adding a dribble of fake blood - go forth and freak out your friends.

PENNSATUCKY

We might even prefer to bump into Freddy Krueger down a dark alleyway than creepy Pennsatucky from Orange is the New Black. To create this look, start with a whiter foundation to make your skin paler, then apply a red, grease-based make-up lightly on the cheeks. Use blue under the eyes and on the lips to create an unhealthy pallor.

Pennsatucky

Before: totally normal, non-scary lady

Use a tooth-lacquer palette for that fetching, rotten look. slowly layer the colours and dab lightly using a brush. Use mainly yellows, browns and greys for the right effect, then all you need is some tinsel and a homemade cross.

Pennsatucky

After: intense inmate with a cross fetish

ELENA GILBERT

Elena

The real Elena

To look like Elena from The Vampire Diaries, Katy advises using a base of white foundation, then brown eyeshadow on eyelids and the lower lash line. Define the eyebrows, then fill in the lips with a blood-red lipstick.

Elena

Before: unlikely to scare you on a dark, lonely night

If you can, get two types of fake blood (non-toxic, safe to swallow stuff of course) and coat the mouth with one, before using a thicker, more clotted one for the drips down the chin. Nice.

Elena

After: might just across the street here, actually

MADISON MONTGOMERY

Madison

An achievable Halloween look

Madison Montgomery from American Horror Story is a surprisingly simple, but effective costume. Start with pale foundation before plundering your cosmetics bag for a grey eyeshadow to use as shading on the sides of the face for a gaunt look, as well as under and around the eyes.

Madison

Before: harmless

Use pale powder to pat on the cheeks, then apply several coats of mascara. Add a choker and some messy hair and you're good to go.

Madison

After: harmful. Definitely harmful

SHELLEY

Shelley

A costume for the more skilled among us

Shelley Godfrey from Netflix original series Hemlock Grove definitely requires more effort, but looks amazing. Katy advises starting by cutting a bald cap in half and placing on the head (although we're guessing an old, painted swimming cap may do). Then cut an eye shape from a foam container and paint in black acrylic paint, with another coat of black gloss to make it look glazed over.

Shelley

Before: special powers non-apparent

Use a safe-for-skin, two-part silicone to mould the shape around the eye and to stick it to the part of the cap that will cover your face. Use the excess to the create the rest of the skin around the eye. Lastly, colour your silicone creation with red and flesh-tone make-up and backcomb hair. Voila! Much more impressive than a sexy devil.

Shelley

After: ability to glow not included

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