One of the most exciting viral hashtags is back and better than ever. I missed you, #SeniorArtistsSlayHalloween. That’s right — it’s that time of year again when M.A.C. senior artists from all around the world stun us with their epic Halloween makeup skills by turning themselves into mythical creatures, famous characters, and other creepy creations.
M.A.C. senior artists John Stapleton and Regan Rabanal created the hashtag a couple years ago to encourage other artists to share their Halloween makeup looks and flex their creative muscles. (It’s not officially affiliated with the beauty brand, though.) “After fashion week, we wanted to get out of our own heads and be challenged in a new way,” Stapleton told Allure last year. “There’s something magical about being uncomfortable.” Their fellow artists are given a set of three words to work off of, and the concepts they bring to the table — in this case, Instagram — are seriously impressive. I wouldn’t even know where to start with most of them.
The hashtag just started filling out with this year’s creations, so there are sure to be even more of these brilliant creations in the days leading up to Halloween. Below, I’ve compiled some of my favorite looks so far — perfect to admire and get inspired.
Optical Illusion, by Mimi Choi
Viral makeup artist Mimi Choi kicked off the Halloween challenge with this mind-boggling look, which took more than four hours to complete.
Vampire, by Michelle Clark
After choosing the words deteriorating, tempting, and vampire, Michelle Clark checked off all the boxes with this macabre makeup.
Metallic Mantis, by John Stapleton
For the occasion, John Stapleton turned himself into an incredible insect. (Another nightmarish thought: imagine just how long this look would take to remove from your skin.)
Creepy Stuffed Animal, by Regan Rabanal
Regan Rabanal, on the other hand, put together a nightmare-inducing neon creature inspired by stuffed animals. The fluorescent pink hearts are my favorite part.
Mermaid, by Caitlin Callahan
Of course, someone had to do mermaid makeup, and Caitlin Callahan did it so well.
Comic Book Character, by Keri Blair
No matter if you’re a Marvel or DC Comics fan, I think we can all agree that Keri Blair’s comic book-inspired look is amazing.
Alien, by Victor Cembellin
Stitch Witch, by Ashley Rudder
Ashley Rudder’s challenge creation is like the ultimate mashup of two iconic Halloween costumes: The Nightmare Before Christmas‘s Sally meets The Wicked Witch of the West.
Blacklight Skull, by Cynthia
The details of Cynthia’s glittery skull look only appear in the dark or under a black light.
Some looks M.A.C. artists have recently created that aren’t necessarily associated with the challenge but still are winners in my heart.
Pennywise, by Alex Zandy
Naturally, a M.A.C. artist had to try out some makeup inspired by It. Can we discuss Pennywise’s glow with Alex Zandy’s rendition?
Tiger, by Sasha Macinsky
Polish makeup artist Sasha Macinsky went wild with his Halloween makeup, and it’s kind of freaking me out how realistic it looks.
Face Chart, by Byron Valladares
This look might be the most meta of the bunch. Bravo, Byron Valladares.
The Ghosts of Marilyn Monroe and Marie Antoinette, by Tiffany Johnston
The icons came back to life with Tiffany Johnston’s glittery and grayscale makeup.
Click here for more Halloween makeup and hair ideas from Allure.
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