For some people, a costume is just a necessary prerequisite to get into Halloween parties. If you're female and you're going the sexy route, it's not too hard to find something to wear, but transforming yourself into something terrifying takes a little more work.
The details can make all the difference, so if you plan on ditching the sexy outfit trend, here are some downright scary-looking makeup tutorials to put the finishing touches on your costume.
If you're going for gore or shock-factor, this "Unzipped Face" look should do the trick. It may take some time, but believe it or not, it doesn't require a lot of complicated materials.
Check out the tutorial by YouTube user BeautyByBrig to see how it's done.
For more DIY ideas, check out The Dude's roundup.
Check out her tutorial for the details.
Prefer older horror? If you're a fan of Clive Barker's Hellraiser series, you'll love this totally creepy Pinhead look.
Check out the video by UnlimitedElizabeth to find out how you get those nails in your head!
The skeleton is a classic Halloween costume, and you probably won't be the only one, but you can definitely be the best looking one with this creepy skull look by LetzMakeup!
Check out the video for the how-to.
This is one of the simpler ones, since you can do it all with just some eyeliner and face paint. You could also add some brighter reds or some fake blood to make it even gorier.
Check out sasakiasahi's video to see the process.
This tutorial by dope2111 will transform you into a near-perfect Sally from The Nightmare Before Christmas.
To complete your costume, make sure to add some stitches to your arms and legs as well. Bonus points for detachable limbs!
Here's a twist on a classic—a creepy, undead version of the Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland. Once you've figured out the makeup, it's time to start working on your disappearing act.
Check out UnlimitedElizabeth's tutorial to see how she did it.
Want something truly grotesque? This disgusting Swamp Thing look by goldiestarling should do the trick. Guess what the secret ingredient for the texture is?
Rice Krispies! Just add a Ghillie suit and you're all set. Now, if only they sold costumes with regenerating limbs...
This Edward Scissorhands look by Emma Pickles is so close to perfect, at first glance you'd almost swear you're looking at Johnny Depp himself.
Think you have what it takes to look like Depp?
Few things are scarier than the idea of being a torture victim. So, freak out your friends with this Chelsea grin tutorial by LetzMakeup.
Just be sure to think up a good kidnapping story!
If you just have to be the Joker again this Halloween, the above Chelsea grin would improve upon his signature Glasgow smile tenfold.