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Halloween

M·A·C Cosmetics Director of Makeup Artistry Romero Jennings shares two DIY looks for Halloween—plus tips on making them last until the witching hour and beyond.

Halloween has always been a reason to celebrate the creepy, the cute and, of course, the sexy. This year, instead of rushing to buy a plastic mask at the last minute, say bye-bye to uncomfortable elastic cords and say hello to a customized look that’s all you.

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Vamp (photo by Pino Gomes)

This year, vampires will have plenty of extra vamp—with fashion trends so deeply entrenched in gothic looks, ghouls have never been so glamorous. These two ideas will make for a frightfully good Halloween, whether you want to go bone-chilling or boo-tiful.

Cool Ghoul (photo by Romero Jennings)

To help create a look that lasts, be sure to start by prepping the skin with a long-lasting matte primer. I love using M·A·C’s ‘Prep + Prime’ Skin Refined Zone Treatment all over the face, applied with the 109 Small Contour Brush. Next, apply a thin layer of the M·A·C ‘Prep + Prime’ Transparent Finishing Powder with the 116 Blush Brush.

Now that your canvas is ready, go wild. Create a colorful complexion and add some dramatic contouring by highlighting structural features: lids, cheeks and brows. Pay attention to shape, texture and definition, and have fun bringing your Halloween alter-ego to life. As a finishing touch, add another layer of the Transparent Set Powder to seal and protect the makeup, ensuring that it will last for hours.

Don’t forget: Finish off the evening with M·A·C Cleanse Off Oil to remove your makeup with ease.

Want more tips and inspiration? Follow Romero on Twitter.

Since our days of trick-or-treating with a bag around the neighborhood are long past, we thought we’d round up all the sugary goodies we’d want in our shopping bags instead. The best part of all? We can indulge as much as we like in these luscious beauty treats—without having to watch our waistline.

Prada ‘Candy’

YSL ‘Rock Candy’ Eyeshadow Palette | Ciaté ‘Caviar Manicure – Candy Shop’ Set | Clarins ‘Prodige’ Lip Gloss in ‘Candy’
philosophy ‘i love candy corn’ | Whish Sugar Scrubs | YSL ‘Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy’ Glossy Lip Balm