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The best stores for Halloween makeup ideas

Your Halloween makeup ideas will come to life thanks to these NYC salons and their supplies for boo-tiful creations

Planning a wicked costume for a spook-tacular Halloween party? For a great Halloween store in NYC (ranked by our favorites) offer many frightful and funny Halloween costume ideas. But don’t stock up on tons of fake blood and face paint just yet; instead, opt for the glamorous route and complete your ghoulish getup with the best hair and Halloween makeup ideas these NYC salons and beauty bar shops offer.

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The best Halloween makeup ideas


Make Up For Ever

A professional makeup application is guaranteed to be a hit, and since this brand’s long-wear products cater to the theatrical set, they’re perfect for Halloween diehards who need staying power. Schedule your ghoul transformation, which will boost your Instagram popularity without making you go broke. MUFE artists can create any style you want, but in case you can’t muster an idea of your own, the staff recommends full-face characters (50mins, $60), like devils for guys or cats and evil queens for girls ($60).

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Devil, makeup by Lijha Stewart; $60 for one-hour application.

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Greenwich Village

Patricia Field Salon

This Sex and the City designer’s boutique goes all-out during the spookiest time of year to ensure you nab a totally unique, high-fashion ensemble that Carrie Bradshaw would approve of. The staff will outfit you in costumes such as skeleton bodysuits ($70) and colorful wigs ($48), which you can pay to have styled at the shop’s on-site salon. But if you want to go over-the-top like Ms. Field, her makeup artists will give you an immaculate, airbrushed full-face makeover (starting at $150) to match your runway-ready costume.

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Day of the Dead skull makeup, $150.

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Rouge NY

Law & Order: SVU alum Stephanie March and makeup artist Rebecca Perkins teamed up to open a one-stop makeup salon last year. And since Perkins has a background in F/X makeup, it’s a no-brainer for the brand to offer Halloween services since its recent opening.

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Beetlejuice, makeup by Samantha Jozic, $90 for one-hour application.

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Pierre Michel Salon

Planning a more glamorous costume? You’re in luck because resident makeup artist Monika Crouch specializes in glitzy makeovers—the artists recommend glamorous looks such as Cinderella and Jem & The Holograms—heavily embellished with sparkles and Madame Madeline lashes. But if you want to go all out, hair stylist Yoshie Sakuma will work your mane into any style ($85).

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Ice Queen, makeup by Monika Crouch, hair by Yoshie Sakuma; $225 for one-hour makeup application, $50 for one-hour hairstyling appointment.

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MAC artistis like bringing their own artistic vision and inspiration to each creation, so this is the perfect place to go if your costume requires extra artistic flair. And, of course, the brand is all about a wide range of colors and highly pigmented products, which means you can go bold—in a good way.

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Woodland Fairy, makeup by MAC Pro artist Tutti Serrano, hair by Joey Camasta; various prices.

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Ricky’s NYC + Revolver Salon

Peer into any one of Ricky’s bazillion (okay, there are actually 10) Halloween pop-ups and you’ll find so much budget-friendly polyester bounty, including sexy, er, everything. But if you want something less revealing, schedule an appointment for Ricky’s new and improved Costume Concierge at the Soho outpost. The entry level ($45) includes personal styling and a standard makeup application, plus 10 percent off accessories such as wigs, animal ears, fangs—you name it.

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Candy Skull, makeup by Nicole Pascual, wig styling by DavedScissorhands; $45 for 45-minute makeup application, $150–$250 for wig styling.

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Stella Sensel x Halloween Adventure

You can get outfitted from head to toe inside Halloween Adventure—there are wig, hat and shoe departments. But if you want to be the scariest monster at the party, take advantage of the shop’s latest collab, with former Face Off competitor Stella Sensel. Along with her crew, Sensel can take your costume from spooky to screamworthy at a private studio just a block away from the superstore. Book your appointment in advance to get heavy prosthetic looks like Sloth from The Goonies or a popular Mexican sugar skull makeover (start at $100).

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Mexican Sugar Skull, $100.

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Wonderland Beauty Parlor

In 2005, Michael Angelo opened this whimsical space—decked out with glittery floors and Barbie-doll decorations—as an alternative to stuffy high-end salons. Ladies and gents alike can make appointments to get their Halloween makeup perfected by Angelo, who's Halloween makeup strengths live on the glam side of freaky. Using long-lasting products from MAC and Kryolan, Angelo knows how to make your ideal Halloween creature come to life.

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Glamour witch, makeup by Michael Angelo, $250 for one-hour application.

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Meatpacking District

Ramy Spa

Although it’s dubbed a spa, this airy studio specializes in just two things: eyebrow sculpting ($120 for an initial consultation, thereafter $85) and makeup applications ($100–$500) using owner Ramy Gafni’s eponymous cosmetics line. Those looking for shock factor should request Amanda Grau ($100), who can whip up realistic wounds and scars, or Jason Brook ($100), who works with horror makeup to create zombies and kooky characters such as the Mad Hatter. If your costume is more glam than ghoulish, ask for Gafni; his services cost more ($200), but it’s worth it for his expertise.

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Zombie makeup, $100.

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