Oct. 25, 2013 at 10:15 AM ET
Yes, you can create Hollywood-worthy special effects like a pro — and it's much easier than you may think. Not only can cosmetics be more cost effective than a costume, they can also give you a bigger transformation. TODAY style editor and author Bobbie Thomas rounds up the best product picks for Halloween.
Best blank canvas
Clown White by Ben Nye is an iconic formula: the soft, easy-to-apply texture is a favorite among professionals. It's great for ghosts, ghouls and zombies, but also fairies, unicorns and more! Set with powder for long-lasting results, and get rid of it with makeup remover ($3.99, Norcostco.com).
Bumps and bruises
3D FX Transfers are instant, latex-free prosthetics you can apply with water — no glue necessary. You can create vampire fang bites, "Housewives" duck lips, "Edward Scissorhands" scars, and more in seconds ($12 to $17, TinsleyTransfers.com
Go bald or beyond
And if you're looking to lose your hair or alter your face shape à la Lady Gaga, Mehron's theatre makeup is an easy way to make that a reality. Their fool-proof fixes and formulas have been around for 80 years. Extra Flesh could be used to build alien features, wrinkles, and fake skin similar to my Meryl Streep-inspired twisted-neck illusion from the movie "Death Becomes Her." ($5 to $20, Mehron.com)
If the special effects you desire are extreme, consider being an accessory and rely on All Blown Up for a life-sized stand-in ($35 and up, Allblownup.com).
Our resident style editor and author of The Power of Style, Bobbie Thomas shares the buzz about beauty, fashion, and more here on TODAY and at Bobbie.com. Consider her your go-to girlfriend, style MacGuyver, and Wikipedia for women — who you've seen in her underwear. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.