Halloween's Queens, 2018

It’s nearly Halloween again and we’ve gathered together a few of our favourite theatrical make up brands and Artists that are sure to inspire this years Halloweens trends and looks.


Image from Vanessa Davis  Instagram

Image from Vanessa Davis Instagram

We’ve been following Vanessa Davis for many years now and can completely see why the Artist has over 540k Instagram followers! After studying at the London College of Fashion and coming away with a B.A., Vanessa’s journey really started by chance.

"My original inspiration was a last-minute Halloween party at a club in London in October 2015. I didn't have a costume ready, so I painted half of a skull on my face. I was approached and photographed non-stop throughout the evening. I noticed that the successful makeup accounts specialized in either a particular style or subject, so I chose skulls, which also worked as my heritage is Mexican and English. I am fascinated how skulls are portrayed in fashion, art and tattoo art, particularly by Alexander McQueen and Damien Hirst."

Vanessa speaking to allure.com

It takes Vanessa between 6 to 10 hours to complete just one look. This includes the photography, editing and posting across social media. Her designs aren’t only geared towards Halloween but with the additions of glitter, neon paint, floral patterns she transforms into mermaids, butterflies and even intricate Delftware.

Vanessa currently manages the wigs and makeup department at the English National Opera.

Above images from Vanessa Davis’s Instagram and Youtube


Image from Face Lace’s  Instagram

Image from Face Lace’s Instagram

Phyllis Cohen began her journey as a Fashion Illustrator at the Art Centre College in California. Her bold and dramatic style caught the attention of other photographic students who would ask her to do the make up for their shoots.

Phyllis moved to London in 1982 and the fashion world embraced her colourful makeup style. Her fans included Annie Lennox, David Bowie, Tina Turner, and Janet Jackson. Having also recently worked with Pharrell Williams and Kylie Minogue.

The concept of Face Lace emerged from the need for make up to be applied in seconds and to remain perfect until they came off. After launching in 2012, Face Lace became a favourite among makeup artists and the general public wanting dramatic makeup results quickly. It has been used on TV shows such as Strictly Come Dancing, X Factor, and The Voice. And on Artists such as Lady Gaga, Paloma Faith, and Nicole Scherzinger. And, unsurprisingly, has also been worn on the catwalks during London Fashion Week.

Above images from the Face Lace’s Instagram


Gypsy Shrine bring the world of bejewelled make up art to the masses with their easy to apply designs. They have been incredible popular over the last few years at festivals worldwide and now their designs are directed more and more at the Halloween market. An ever growing brand, they assure us that there are bigger things to come very very soon.

Above images from Gypsy Shrine’s Instagram

Saskia Frost