For really ambitious Halloween-ers, letting someone else wield the makeup brush can take your costume to the next level. (Case in point: Would Natalie Portman’s Black Swan have been as striking without the wild makeup?) Here, four Philly makeup spots staffed with experts who can paint your face for maximum effect. (See that look to the left? We’ll tell you where to get it.)
In the event you're dashing to King of Prussia Mall for last-minute costume shopping, we suggest making a beeline to Make Up Forever. Go here for some Great Gatbsy glam (think vampy lips and subtly sparkly lids) or Walking Dead gore. Plus, the whole staff is certified, so you know you're in good hands. Call ahead. Prices start at $100, 484-679 4631.
2. Moko Salon
Does your costume require a coordinating bouffant or beehive (calling all Amy Winehouses)? Take advantage of Moko's "Ultra Package." Have your hair set while one of Moko's perennially talented artists crafts a Halloween look that's actually—dare we say it—pretty. There are also makeup-only packages. Prices start at $110, 215-922-6656.
3. Salon Blush
Just as we almost forgot that Halloween is, largely, a children's holiday, Salon Blush reminded us that they do children's makeup as well. Whether you plan on coordinating as princesses or something a bit more original like Day of the Dead sugar skeletons (hey, did you see what they did in the image above?), Salon Blush has you and the little one covered. Bonus: airbrush makeup and false eyelashes are available. Call ahead for last-minute appointments. Prices start at $60. 215-634-1606.
4. For The DIY-ers: Sephora Collection Makeup Academy Blockbuster
For those of you who are a bit more skilled with an eyeliner brush, we suggest you invest in this carry-all, bursting with rainbow hues. The palette—Sephora's first-ever all-in-one carryall—boasts 130 colors for complete eye, lip and full-face looks. Plus, with shimmer, matte and shiny shades, this kit will last you long after Halloween night. $49.50.