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There’s a reason skull costume is a Halloween classic: When done right, this look kills at parties. Whether you’re planning weeks in advance or need a last-minute idea, we found 10 makeup tutorials to try for every skill level and end result. In need of the perfect sugar skull look for Day of the Dead? Don’t worry, we’ve got that too.
The Most Popular
Beauty YouTuber Chrisspy’s how-to has over six million views, and—bonus—only involves makeup from the nose down.
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The Glam Skull
Chrisspy followed up her immensely popular video with a bejeweled, ultra-contoured version. If the Kardashians come back in 100 years as zombies, this is what they might look like.
The Half Skull
Only have time to do half your face? Don’t worry—there’s a how-to for that (and it looks really, really cool).
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The Sparkly Skull
Drag star Kyne shows you how to take this look from goulish to glam, thanks to silver makeup and gobs of glitter.
The Sugar Skull
YouTuber Iris Beilin shares her take on the traditional Mexican sugar skull, an integral part of Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), which takes place November 1-2.
The Sugar Skull (and Then Some)
Not only do you get a makeup tutorial in Dulce Candy’s Day of the Dead sugar skull video, but she shares steps for making her headpiece for the holiday too.
The Bright Twist
Emily Benitez’s full-face take on the skull is classic with a neon twist.
The Rainbow Skull
A rainbow of neon colors may not be realistic, but it sure looks cool.
The Basic Skull
Just need a last-minute look? You’ll only need a few basic makeup products for this (relatively) simple option.
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