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These Epic Costumes Officially Win Halloween 2013

Every year, it seems Halloween costumes get more and more elaborate. People spend more time and money getting dolled up for the holiday, pulling out all the stops. So how do you ensure that your costume will stand out? By picking something pop-culturally relevant (duh). To help you out, we've made over our editors into some of the most original and topical costumes of 2013. Show up to any party in one of these get-ups and you're sure to win "best-dressed."

Behold, the Halloween costumes that basically sum up 2013:

The cast of "Orange is the New Black"

orange

Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

miley

Lady Gaga's "Applause" cover art

gaga

Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

kim

James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

james

The royal baby

baby

Lena Dunham in "Girls"

lena

Emojis

emoji

Makeup by: Lijha Stewart, Nicholas Lujan & Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever
Hair by: Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon & Krissy for ALT Hair Care/Ryan Foster Salon
Styled by: Michelle Persad; Photographs by: Raydene Salinas

How to get the looks:

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  • Miley Cyrus at the 2013 VMAs

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> matte foundation; concealer; sculpting powder; black eyeliner; black mascara; blush; red lip pencil and lipstick; hair moisturizer; hairspray; ponytail holders; hair pins. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, create a middle part and pull hair into two separate ponytails. Use <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/hair_milk_styling_pudding.html" target="_blank">Hair Milk Pudding</a> for hold. Wrap hair around into two tiny buns, allowing a few pieces to stand out. For makeup, prep face with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face and Body liquid foundation</a> and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-invisible-cover-concealer-P242203" target="_blank">HD Concealer</a> #325. Use Sculpting Kit #2 to contour along the cheekbones, temples and eyes and use your fingertips to tap <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100" target="_blank">HD Blush</a> #8 on your cheeks for a natural flush. Fill in brows and brush on a soft warm brown shadow into the crease of eyelids. To really make the eyes pop, add winged-out liner with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/aqua-black-waterproof-cream-eye-shadow-P237500" target="_blank">Aqua Black</a> to the upper lids and coat lashes heavily with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/smoky-extravagant-mascara-P379925" target="_blank">Smoky Extravagant Mascara</a>. Complete the look by outlining lips with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/aqua-lip-waterproof-lipliner-pencil-P183919" target="_blank">Aqua Lip Pencil</a> #19C and filling in with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/rouge-artist-intense-P268702" target="_blank">Rouge Artist Intense</a> #8. (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -<a href="http://www.jcpenney.com/sale/for-the-home/bed-bath/bliss-bath-rugs/prod.jump?ppId=pp500860379&cm_mmc=ShoppingFeed-_-GooglePLA-_-Bath%20Rugs%20%2B%20Mats-_-74340450067&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=74340450067" target="_blank">grey fuzzy bathmat</a> -felt, in assorted colors -hot glue gun -white sneakers -nude bodysuit (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Miley Cyrus at the VMAs

    How to DIY your own Miley costume: 1. Start out by measuring your torso length and width, and cut the bathmat accordingly 2. Find circular objects that are similar to the sizes you will need to cut out the ears, eyes and nose 3. Once you've cut out all the felt, glue the pieces down with a hot glue gun 4. Wait until the felt dries, and then secure the bathmat to a nude bodysuit using safety pins

  • Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> liquid foundation; concealer; highlighter; pressed powder; black eyeliner; brown eyeshadow and eyeliner; false eyelashes; burgundy lip color; pomade; a hair brush. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, create a defined middle part and brush back into a low ponytail. To keep the look sleek and flyaway-free, apply hair smoothing products like <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/hair_milk_styling_pudding.html" target="_blank">Hair Milk Pudding</a> and <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/macadamia_hold_control_smoother.html" target="_blank">Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother</a>. <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/monoi-sacred-serum.html" target="_blank">Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum</a> will also help to enhance shine. For makeup, use mattifying liquid foundations like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/mat-velvet-matifying-foundation-P177117" target="_blank">Mat Velvet +</a> to contour the face (here's a tutorial on contouring). Conceal underneath the eyes and gently dab highlighter on the upper cheekbones (we used <a href="http://www.sephora.com/uplight-face-luminizer-gel-P284708" target="_blank">Uplight</a> #11) for a dewy look. Brush on a soft warm brown eyeshadow in the crease and line eyes along the inner rims with brown eye kohl. To achieve a wispy flutter, apply false eyelashes like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/eyelashes-strip-P114418" target="_blank">Fluffy Faux lash</a> and coat the top and bottom lashes with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/smoky-lash-P217907" target="_blank">Smoky Lash mascara</a>. Add a subtle wing to the top lids with black liquid eyeliner. Complete the look by using a brush to apply a deep wine lipstick like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/rouge-artist-natural-P307700" target="_blank">Rouge Artist Natural</a> N50 Aubergine and topping with a thin coat of lip conditioner for added shine. (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -Floral dress (<a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/dresses/printed-turtle-neck-dress-c269185p1464514.html" target="_blank">this one is from Zara</a>) -heels -gloves (buy two dresses and use material from the second dress to create gloves with the same pattern) (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala

  • James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> pomade; liquid foundation; bronzer; brow gel; lip conditioner. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, create small to medium-sized cornrows and slick down edges with <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/macadamia_hold_control_smoother.html" target="_blank">Macadamia Hold & Control Smoother</a>. Use elastic holders (if necessary) to secure ends of braids. For makeup, use <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face and Body liquid foundation</a>s #18 and #34 to recreate tanned skin. Then pack on bronzer for an extra orange glow. Brow gel will help to make your natural eyebrows more pronounced. Apply fake facial hair with <a href="http://www.partycity.com/product/spirit+gum+1-8oz.do" target="_blank">Spirit Gum adhesive</a> and smooth on a bit of lip conditioner. (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -white sunglasses -<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Morris-Costumes-Crepe-HAIR-Brown/dp/B000TSIDPC" target="_blank">fake beard</a> -tin foil for the grill -fake tattoos -wife beater -Hawaiian shirt -black baggy shorts -black socks -red sneakers (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

    (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • James Franco in "Spring Breakers"

    (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Prince George

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> latex bald cap; Spirit Gum adhesive; pale foundation makeup; eyebrow concealer; pink blush. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, pull into a tight, low ponytail or wrap hair around head and secure with hair pins. Put on latex bald cap, then seal the edges with <a href="http://www.partycity.com/product/spirit+gum+1-8oz.do" target="_blank">Spirit Gum</a>. For makeup, block out brows with an eyebrow concealer like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107" target="_blank">Full Cover</a>. To recreate that newborn skin, brush on a liquid foundation (try <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face & Body Liquid Makeup</a>) that is in a paler shade than your natural skin tone. Be sure to blend face makeup down to the lips and neck. Finish by adding a flush of color with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100" target="_blank">HD Blush</a> #6 on the eyelids, cheeks and middle of lips. <em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever</em>

  • Prince George

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -white blanket -crown <em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever</em>

  • Lena Dunham from "Girls"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> liquid and cream stick foundation; blush; hair pins. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For makeup, prep with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635?SKUID=698175&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=698175&om_mmc=Google{adtype}&_requestid=42976&cm_mmc=us_search-_-GG-_-{adtype}-_-{keyword}" target="_blank">Face & Body liquid foundation</a> to get that "looks just like skin" look. Then recreate dark under-eye circles by applying a creamy tan foundation like <a href="http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_SPM10825146210P?ci_src=184425893&ci_sku=SPM10825146210&sid=IDx20130125xMPBEAx004" target="_blank">Pan Stick</a> with a thin brush. Add redness to the face with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100" target="_blank">HD Blush</a> #6. For hair, use your hands to backcomb and add texture for a messy finish. Loosely gather into a top knot, leaving a few strands to frame the face naturally. (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Lena Dunham from "Girls"

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -pink scrunchie -q-tip -green oversized T-shirt (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Lady Gaga's Applause album cover

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> white, teal, dark blue, yellow, orange and red face paint; matte loose powder; white eye kohl. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For makeup, cover entire face with white face paint. Then use a thin flat brush to freehand the colors, adding more depth around the eyes and lips. (We used the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/12-flash-color-case-P219411" target="_blank">12 Face Color Case</a>.) Line the inner rims of your eyes with a white kohl pencil to complete the look. (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Lady Gaga's Applause album cover

    (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Lady Gaga's Applause album cover

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -black clothing -<a href="http://www.shophairwigs.com/stcapdo12pi-10143.html?gclid=CLDav9yhsLoCFc-Y4AodaUQAQw" target="_blank">black wave cap</a> -white bed sheet -black sneakers (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Piper Chapman from "Orange is the New Black"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> liquid foundation; blush; pressed powder; brow pencil; brown eyeshadow; mascara; pale pink lipstick; hairspray; hair shine mist; flat iron. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For makeup, use liquid foundation where necessary to even out complexion and brush on <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100" target="_blank">HD Blush</a> onto the apples of cheeks. Lightly apply <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400" target="_blank">HD Pressed Powder</a> to set face makeup. Take a thin brow brush and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/aqua-brow-P375462" target="_blank">Aqua Brow</a> #10 and #25, then gently use feathered strokes to define brows. Warm up eyes by adding a warm brown eyeshadow to the crease and smudging it under the center of bottom lash line. Lightly brush top lashes with black mascara and smooth on <a href="http://www.sephora.com/rouge-artist-natural-P307700" target="_blank">Rouge Artist Natural</a> N18 Powdery Pink. For hair, spritz on a weightless hair sheen like <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/macadamia_finishing_shine_mist.html" target="_blank">Macadamia Finishing Shine Mist</a>, and use a flat iron to smooth hair out and add a slight bend at the ends. (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Piper Chapman from "Orange is the New Black"

    (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Piper Chapman from "Orange is the New Black"

    Create your own prison name tag by grabbing a U.S. Bureau of Prisons ID card off of the Internet and Photoshopping in a name and picture. Get it laminated at your local copy center.

  • Nicky Nichols from "Orange is the New Black"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> foundation; matte loose powder; black and brown eye kohl; mascara; nude lipstick; hairspray; flat iron. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, use a flat iron to curl hair into loose ringlets. Flip head over and shake curls to build volume. Set the style with <a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/15701912?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem" target="_blank">Redken Quick Dry 18 Hairspray</a>. For makeup, apply <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face and Body liquid foundation</a> and press on matte loose powder. Layer on a combination of black and brown <a href="http://www.sephora.com/kohl-pencil-P99802" target="_blank">Kohl Pencil</a>. Then use a light application of mascara on the top lashes, but go heavier on the bottom lashes. To mimic that chapped lip look, use Aqua Lip Pencil #1C. (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Nicky Nichols from "Orange is the New Black"

    (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Nicky Nichols from "Orange is the New Black"

  • Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange is the New Black"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> liquid foundation; peach blush; pressed powder; brow powder and seal; brown eye kohl; brown lip liner; lip conditioner. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For makeup, even out your complexion with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face and Body liquid foundation</a>. Then apply a foundation with red undertones and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-blush-P258100" target="_blank">HD Blush</a> to really capture Crazy Eyes' glow. Set your face makeup with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/hd-microfinish-powder-P210400" target="_blank">HD Pressed Powder</a>. Brush brows up and make them more pronounced with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/aqua-brow-P375462" target="_blank">Aqua Brow</a> #30/40. Smudge on a brown eye kohl along the under-eyes, curl lashes and generously coat with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/smoky-lash-P217907" target="_blank">Smoky Lash Mascara</a>. Line lips with a deep brown lip liner and enhance the pink tone of your pout with pink lipstick. If you do not have a natural front tooth gap, dip a thin makeup brush into black liner and paint in between teeth. For hair, apply <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c4DOY8fujU" target="_blank">ALT 10Dril</a> and section hair into small diamond-shaped parts. Then twist strands around into tiny buns. Use hair pins or elastic holders to secure. (Check out this <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFHp6MExqkY" target="_hplink">YouTube video tutorial</a> on how to create bantu knots.) (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Krissy for ALT Hair Care/Ryan Foster Salon</em>)

  • Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange is the New Black"

    (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Krissy for ALT Hair Care/Ryan Foster Salon</em>)

  • Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren from "Orange is the New Black"

    (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever and Krissy for ALT Hair Care/Ryan Foster Salon</em>)

  • Alex Vause from "Orange is the New Black"

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> a 2-inch large barrel flat iron; monoi hair oil; hairspray; powder foundation; brow concealer; brown eyeshadow; mascara; and nude lipstick. <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For hair, create a messy middle part. Apply <a href="http://www.carolsdaughter.com/hair/monoi-sacred-serum.html" target="_blank">Monoi Oil Sacred Strengthening Serum</a> to protect hair from heat damage and use a flat iron to create tousled waves. Finish with a blast of<a href="http://www.walmart.com/ip/15701912?wmlspartner=wlpa&selectedSellerId=3&adid=22222222227000000000&wl0=&wl1=g&wl2=c&wl3=21486607510&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=19880599990&veh=sem" target="_blank"> Redken Quick Dry 18 Instant Hairspray</a>. For makeup, conceal brows with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107" target="_blank">Full Cover</a> and even out complexion with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/face-body-liquid-makeup-P12635" target="_blank">Face & Body Liquid Makeup</a>. Create pencil-thin brows by using a fine point brush and <a href="http://www.sephora.com/aqua-brow-P375462" target="_blank">Aqua Brow</a>. (Brow highlighter will help to magnify the over-plucked eyebrow look.) Line lids with a subtle cat-eye and finish with a nude lipstick color. (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Alex Vause from "Orange is the New Black"

    (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever and Tlisha Matthews for Carol's Daughter/Mirror Salon</em>)

  • Alex Vause from "Orange is the New Black"

  • Cast of "Orange is the New Black"

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -khaki scrubs -long sleeve white T-shirt (for Nicky and Piper) -<a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/t-shirts/marl-cropped-t-shirt-c269189p1464539.html" target="_blank"> Zara long sleeve grey T-shirt</a> (for Crazy Eyes) -white T-shirt (for Alex) -black thick-frame glasses (for Alex) -fake tattoos (for Alex) -secruity badge -combat boots

  • Emojis

    <strong>What you'll need:</strong> yellow, white, orange and red face/body paint; matte loose powder; eyebrow concealer; <strong>Step-by-step instructions:</strong> For makeup, conceal brows with an eyebrow concealer like <a href="http://www.sephora.com/full-cover-concealer-P151107" target="_blank">Full Cover</a>. Use a foam sponge to paint entire face with yellow body paint and neck with black body paint. (Try the <a href="http://www.sephora.com/12-flash-color-case-P219411" target="_blank">12 Flash Color Case</a>.) For added fun, ask a friend to help you paint on your desired Emoji expression. Set the look with <a href="http://www.sephora.com/super-matte-loose-powder-P12662" target="_blank">Super Matte Loose Powder</a>. (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn, Nicholas Lujan and Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Emojis

    <strong>What you'll need for the costume:</strong> -black clothes -black shoes -yellow beanies -party hat (for party emoji)

  • Emoji

    (<em>Makeup: Faina Rudshteyn for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Emoji

    (<em>Makeup: Nicholas Lujan for Make Up For Ever</em>)

  • Emoji

    (<em>Makeup: Lijha Stewart for Make Up For Ever</em>)

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