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Work some last-minute costume magic with your Halloween makeup

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Although today is Oct. 31, you still have plenty of time to create a cool costume for yourself. TODAY style editor and's Bobbie Thomas is here with some last-minute makeup-based costumes for Halloween.

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Incredible illusions

With the upcoming release of Tim Burton's new biopic about Margaret Keane, now is the perfect time to test out a whimsical, doll-like look, inspired by Keane's large-eyed painting subjects. Doll-inspired makeup is all about a dropped waterline, so add white to your lower lashes to extend the white of your eyeballs. Then place false lashes beneath, to define the larger area, and create the appearance of oversize eyes. 


For a fast DIY cheat, print out a pair of Keane eyes and affix them to a pair of glasses — just be sure to poke holes in the pupils.

You can use a similar technique for your mouth, and color your lower lip white to suggest funny teeth or a scary smile. Then, draw a bottom lip on the upper part of your chin to complete the design. If you aren't confident in your makeup abilities, connect with an artist at a MAC Cosmetics store or counter for professional help, or download one of their detailed face charts for a guided look.

And don't underestimate basic black and white makeup, which you can use to quickly create an impressive skeleton mask. With some white face paint and some black eyeshadow or pencil liner ($3.40-$5.99, Walmart), start by covering your face, lips and neck with the white cream. Then, draw dark circles around your eyes. Contour the dark sections under your cheek bones and jawline, then blend downward. Finish with some thin lines over your mouth and shade the tip of your nose. Voila!


Easy faux faces

Being artistically challenged doesn't have to stand in the way of a great makeup transformation! The Gameface Company's Tattoo Faces aim to help. The press-on, full-face decals come pre-designed in an assortment of styles, funny and frightful, including skeletons, sharks, pirates, pumpkins, tigers and more. Most costume and beauty supply stores also offer temporary options you can quickly stick-on to help bring your idea to life.


Fantasy factors

Two amazing quick fixes that even a novice can whip up at a moment's notice are cats and fairies. For a purrfectly easy feline face, add a small button nose with black liner and draw a line from the tip of your nose down to your cupids bow on your upper lip. Fill in your top lip with black as well, and then swipe on some whiskers and dots on your cheeks. 

When it comes to fairies, all you need is some glitter. Pick up some clear eyebrow gel, and apply it from your temples down around your eyes to your cheeks. Next, use your fingertips to tap and pat the glitter into place for a mask-like effect. Finish with some glitter added to your lip gloss and you're good to go.  

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 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

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