13 Halloween Makeup Looks That Look More Like Paintings Than Faces

When applying a full face of makeup — low-key or bold — one usually works with the shape of their eyes, lips, and nose. They may even take the contours of their face into account, too. However, some intrepid makeup artists on Instagram are completely disregarding the unwritten rules of makeup in the name of Halloween.

Instead, they are employing their entire faces as if they were flat, blank canvases, and then painting on some seriously mind-boggling looks. The Halloween makeup looks these makeup artists are creating are so intricate that their faces no longer look like actual faces. Instead, they just look like detailed — and incredibly scary — paintings. When you look closer, though, you can spot the features of their face. Once you know where their eyes, nose, and mouth lie in each look, it becomes about seven times more likely to make your skin crawl. (For me, at least.)

For your viewing pleasure, I’ve rounded up some of the most astounding makeup I’ve stumbled upon on Instagram. Let’s start off with Instagram’s unofficial queen of optical illusions, a.k.a. Mimi Choi.

1. Lightning (by Mimi Choi)

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2. Alien (by Victor Cembellin)

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3. Lightbulb (by Jihane El Yamri)

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4. What Ever Is Happening Here (by @isshehungry)

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There’s a whole genre of terrifying mouth-related makeup.

5. Screaming Mouth (by @aqirazlah)

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6. Laughing Mouth (by @zoe_artistsharvest)

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7. Silent Snow White (by @ellimacssfx)

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8. Eyeball (by @cedoviste)

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9. Christmas Tree Topper (by @pigeon_pie_art)

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10. Climbing Out (by @lisamarie_murphy)

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The animal-related ones might just be the creepiest of the bunch.

11. Hairless Cat (by Maria Malone)

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12. Lion Goddess (by @beautyandthebeests)

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13. Tied Up (by @innanai)

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Click here for more Halloween makeup and hair ideas from Allure.


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  • 13 Scary Halloween Makeup Looks That Will Make Your Skin Crawl

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