Boo-tiful Halloween Masks

Spooktacular Attire

Here we are in the home stretch of October, and let me guess, you’re still trying to figure out “what to be” for Halloween?  I know, I’m the same way because I usually have no idea if I’m going to be in Santa Fe, or hanging out with Santa Claus with my crazy schedule.  But one thing I do know is that regardless of the outside temps or location, you can always make a little magic happen by putting your best face forward. Yes, in this case, I mean “face” and not “foot”.

No matter where you are, or how last minute you are, with a bit of paint and a lot of patience, you can whip up a costume that creates the illusion of being someone else.  So I put together a little inspiration here for you.  I turned to Natalia Malley, a professional makeup artist based in the Washington DC area for ideas that you can use with your own Halloween costume.  Let’s take a look at her amazing work and see if any of these ideas get your goblin going.

Fright Night

While these looks are enough without even having to add attire, throw on all black, or some shredded shirts and pants, and you’re good to ghost.  I mean good to go.


Accessorize & Hypnotize

These looks are simpler on the paint and design but use other items to complete to the look.  These designs might be easier for you to do – or a version of these – if you don’t want a full face of paint.  The addition of crystals, feathers, fake eyelashes and flowers create a costume without having to worry about your full body attire.

Who Needs a Costume?

No one if you’re wearing these looks.   And that peacock?  Wow.

I’m especially fond of this glow paint that makes you look like a walking snowglobe.

Snowbody would even know who I am with that one.

And finally, don’t forget that even the simplest of designs can be scary if done correctly.

Happy Haunting!

All images and work by Natalia Malley. For more information visit her at her website Peace, Love & Paint or “like” her Facebook Page here

And for more ideas on how to celebrate Halloween, check out my posts here and here.


Ty Pennington

Ty Pennington is best known as the Emmy-award winning host of "Extreme Makeover Home Edition" and as the co-host of ABC Daytime's "The Revolution." He has been recognized as a home design expert, carpenter and leader in the field of volunteerism. TyPennington.com is a space to share his inspiration, design tips, daily musings and more. Ty can currently be seen on TLC's Trading Spaces.

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