Where to get Halloween makeup and hair done at salons in New York City

Complete your costume with the Halloween makeup and hair services offered at these NYC salons

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If you plan on attending any Halloween events in New York this year, you’ll need a solid costume to look the part. Complete your ensemble with the hair and makeup services offered at NYC salons, including Patricia Field, Wonderland Beauty Parlor and Ricky’s NYC.


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Fairy makeup, $100, at Make Up for Ever

Make Up for Ever

Considering that this cosmetics company launched in 1984 to fill a gap in the theatrical-makeup market with its long-wearing products, it should come as no surprise that the brand is a favorite among Halloween devotees. Each year, its specialists at the flagship studio and Make Up for Ever’s boutique inside Sephora offer full-face makeup applications ($100) that range from the grueling (realistic skeletons, evil clowns) and glamorous (fairies, The Great Gatsby) to more artistic looks (Lady Gaga on her Applause album cover). Involved jobs requiring body makeup and airbrushing ($175) take close to two hours, but most appointments typically run for an hour. 8 E 12th St between Fifth Ave and University Pl (212-941-9337) • Sephora, 555 Broadway between Prince and Spring Sts (212-431-4510) • makeupforever.com

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Patricia Field Salon

The stylist’s eponymous boutique has been a go-to for eccentric threads ($5–$10,000) and accessories ($5– $10,000) since opening in 1966 (it recently moved a few doors down from its original space). The shop is also home to a full-service salon, offering wig styling (starting at $50), perms (starting at $175), and brow and hair coloring ($25–$150) using Manic Panic’s signature colorful dyes, and will push the envelope even further for Halloween. Walk in or book in advance to get a customized makeup application ($150) using products from MAC and Make Up for Ever. While it’s possible to go pretty here (the artists do a mean Cleopatra), you’re better off opting for something more intricate and outré, such as a Temptu airbrush Day of the Dead skull ($150). If your costume involves a wig, you can buy one in-store ($20–$300), and get it cut and colored ($50–$200) by one of the salon’s stylists. 212-925-2741, patriciafield.com

  1. 306 Bowery, (between Bleecker and E Houston Sts), 10012
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Pierre Michel Salon

Founded in 1973 by stylists Pierre Ouaknine and Michel Obadia, this sprawling 11,000-square-foot salon is best known for its hair services, which have garnered a devoted celebrity fan base (Uma Thurman and Nina Garcia are both repeat clients). But come Halloween, resident makeup artist Monika Crouch attracts ladies seeking glamorous costume looks ($150–$250) that straddle the line between sexy and scary. In the past, she’s created a vampy dark angel ($150), and a masquerade mask ($200) featuring hand-painted flowers and crystals using Make Up for Ever and Face Stockholm products. Regardless of what you’re after, expect Madame Madeline false lashes to be involved—Crouch is an eyelash specialist, and stocks an abundance of glittery, colorful and spider-style falsies in her makeup kit. As a bonus, those who book with her during the holiday week can score a blowout at the salon for $50 (normally $85) to complete their ensemble. Mention TONY for 15 percent off makeup services through Oct 31. 212-755-9500, pierremichelsalon.com

  1. 135 E 57th St between Park and Lexington Aves, third floor

Ramy Spa

Although it’s dubbed a spa, this airy studio specializes in just two things: eyebrow sculpting ($120 for an inital consultation, $85 thereafter) 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—his work with celebrities, including Nicole Richie and Britney Spears, ensures he can replicate their signature red-carpet looks. Make sure to give the salon a heads-up if what you’re after is technically complex so your artist can pre-purchase any extra materials needed. Mention TONY for 20 percent off makeup services on Oct 31. 212-684-9500, ramy.com

  1. 39 E 31st St, (between Madison Ave and Park Ave South)
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Ricky’s NYC + Revolver Salon

This local beauty chain transforms into a Halloween superstore each year, hawking costumes ($5–$100), wigs ($20–$40) and makeup ($5–$40). For the first time, it’s offering a Costume Concierge service at five locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, which takes holiday prep to a new level. Choose from one of three packages: The most basic Bloodcurdling Bronze service ($25) enlists a personal stylist to put your costume together, while the Spooky Silver ($50) deal also includes wig styling and in-store makeup application. If you shell out $75 for the Ghoulish Gold tier, a stylist will alter your chosen getup to make it one of a kind, in addition to the aforementioned perks.Make an appointment online to guarantee a spot, although walk-ins are welcome. Visit rickysnyc.com

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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. Starting Friday 25, ladies and gents alike can make an appointment to get their Halloween makeup ($150) perfected by Angelo and resident artist Mayumi Abuku. Using long-lasting products from MAC and Kryolan, the duo fashion faces into Old Hollywood screen sirens and replicas of Van Gogh’s iconic Starry Nights painting. Complete your look with hairstyling ($65–$275), including Gatsby-esque finger waves and flippy I Dream of Genie–inspired ponytails. Mention TONY for 10 percent off all services through Oct 31. 212-524-2800, wonderlandbeautyparlor.com

  1. 418 W 13th St, (between Ninth Ave and Washington St)
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Milton S
Milton S

If you are in the Throgs Neck area of the Bronx and need Halloween Makeup Services.  Stop by NYC Clown Studio for Free Consultation on any type of special effects make up, laceration, face and body painting, liquid latex costume and much more.

Rendrew W
Rendrew W

If you ask people, they’ll always have something fun to share with you about their Halloween experiences. Well, that’s the beauty of the festival.


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Hiyam M
Hiyam M

Pucker Makeup Studio is also offering Halloween Makeup in Soho:  www.pucker.co/halloween.html