16 Amazing DIY Sexy Halloween Costumes

No matter what your personality type is, we have the perfect homemade Halloween costume ideas for you.

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audrina patridge in a genie costume
Gilbert Carraquillo
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For the Dreamer: I Dream of Jeannie

Why We Love This Look:

Because who doesn't want to be able to conjure anything she wants with just the blink of an eye?

What You'll Need:

• A fringed bra top

• Breezy harem pants

A high, wrapped ponytail (headpiece and veil optional)

• Some silver and gold bangles and chandelier earrings

• Some kick-ass abs

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try amazon.com for a ready-made version under $35.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Heavy, winged eyeliner

False eyelashes

A bright pink pout

perez hilton dressed as lady gaga
Alexandra Wyman
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For the Little Monster: Lady Gaga

Why We Love This Look:

Because when Gaga flies her freak flag, it makes everyone else seems boring and unimaginative.

What You'll Need:

• A short, strapless black dress with two sequined triangles attached to the front (Make these yourself by gluing black or silver sequined fabric over two cardboard triangles.)

• A bobbed, blonde wig

• A bow made of hair

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try Lady Gaga’s online store for everything you need to transform into the Fame Monster herself.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Light pink or nude lips

• Dark, kohl-lined eyes

katie couric dressed as marilyn monroe
James Devaney
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For the Glamazon: Marilyn Monroe

Why We Love This Look:

Because although gentlemen don't always prefer blondes, when you add in Marilyn's glamour and curves, it certainly doesn't hurt. Plus, what better occasion to recycle one of your old prom gowns?

What You'll Need:

• A short, curly blonde wig

• A long, fitted gown (preferably in hot-pink satin)

• Elbow-length gloves

• As much costume jewelry as you can manage (after all, it was Marilyn who said that "Diamonds are a girl's best friend!")

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try amazon.com for an authentic version of this costume under $30, and costumecraze.com for other Marilyn costumes.)

Your Makeup Look:

Shimmery pink eyeshadow and glossy pink lips

• Heavy, winged eyeliner

False eyelashes

lauren bosworth dressed as little red riding hood
Mark Sullivan
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For the Classicist: Little Red Riding Hood

Why We Love This Look:

Because when we read this classic fairy tale, we think, "My, what a cute cape you have, Riding Hood!" All the better to celebrate Halloween with, my dears.

What You'll Need:

• A red cape, preferably one with a hood

• A basket full of goodies for Grandma (or to keep your candy corn in)

• A frilly dress, preferably in red and/or white

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try amazon.com for a sexy version under $50.)

Your Makeup Look:

Glowing, luminous skin

Rosy cheeks

Glossy, cherry-red lips

(We like this Little Red Riding Hood makeup tutorial from YouTube user GWYNZILLAAA for a sexy, glamorous take on Red Riding Hood.)

Steven Lawton
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For the Star: Audrey Hepburn

Why We Love This Look:

Because Audrey defines glamorous sophistication.

What You'll Need:

• A black sheath dress

• Elbow-length black gloves

• Ray-Ban Wayfarers (You can find knockoffs on amazon.com for as little as $2.50.)

• A long cigarette holder

• A multistrand pearl necklace

• A tiara

• A high updo (We like this tutorial from Bella Online, which shows how to achieve Audrey's iconic updo, no matter what your hair length is.)

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try costumecraze.com for a one-size-fits-all version under $25.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Use liquid eyeliner for a glamorous cat-eye effect

False eyelashes

Nude lips

(For step-by-step instructions on getting Holly Golightly's makeup, we like this makeup tutorial from YouTube user MasqueradeMakeup.)

Michael Tran
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For the Feminist: Flapper

Why We Love This Look:

Because these independent, high-spirited women drank, smoked, and challenged the traditional roles of women, and paved the way for the modern feminist movement. (They also had fabulous clothes!)

What You'll Need:

• A fringed dress

• A long strand of pearls and any other Art Deco costume jewelry you can find

• A sequined headband or cloche hat

• A straight, bobbed wig or haircut

• Fishnet stockings

• 2- or 3-inch heels

• A long cigarette holder

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try halloweenexpress.com for a ready-made version under $55.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Dark, kohl-lined eyes

Deep red lips

Rosy cheeks

Soul Brother
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For the Sweetheart: Angel

Why We Love This Look:

Because now you won't need an excuse if you're caught with your head in the clouds. And really, how often can you wear a pair of wings?

What You'll Need:

• An all-white ensemble (dress, pantsuit, whatever you have on hand!)

• A pair of wings (Construct your own by covering two wire coat hangers with white or pink pantyhose, attaching them with wire and duct tape, and decorating them with jewels, sequins, and feathers.)

• A halo (Fashion pipe cleaners into a circle and cover with white feathers or gold/silver glitter, then attach to your hair with bobby pins.)

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try amazon.com for a ready-made version under $40.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Glitter

• Glitter

• More glitter (basically, anything shimmery, glittery, and/or metallic-y will work!)

John Shearer
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For the Hotshot: Peacock

Why We Love This Look:

Because sometimes you just need to strut your stuff.

What You'll Need:

• Tons of peacock feathers (Buy packages of 24 for $9.99 at orientaltrading.com.)

• A dress in a shade of blue, purple, or black — attach the feathers to the dress in an artful pattern using double-stick tape, and make sure to attach enough in the back so that it looks like you have a tail

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try partycity.com for a one-size-fits-all version under $50.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Long, feathery false eyelashes

• Dark, liquid-lined eyes, followed by dramatic eye shadow in graduating shades of violet, turquoise, and blue

(We like this video from YouTube user GypsySayer for step-by-step instructions on how to get this makeup look.)

Alli Harvey
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For the Jokester: Clown

Why We Love This Look:

Because girls just want to have fun.

What You'll Need:

• An outfit consisting of primary colors — think white pants with a red jacket, or anything with polka dots in primary colors

• A bright orange wig

• Construction paper — use this to create polka dots and attach them to your clothes for some added flair

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try target.com for a ready-made version under $40.)

Your Makeup Look:

• A white, porcelain complexion

• Bright pink cheeks

Cherry-red lips

(Try this $6 Tri-color Clown Makeup Palette from starcostumes.com to help you achieve the classic clown face.)

Jamie McCarthy
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For the Man-Eater: Poison Ivy

Why We Love This Look:

Because Ivy is the ultimate supervillainess, not to mention one of the most well-known characters in comic book history. We don't care how evil she is; this chick kicks some major butt.

What You'll Need:

• A forest-green ensemble — think olive-hued tights plus a dark green dress or a green leotard/one-piece bathing suit

• Tomato-red heels or a pair of tall, dark green boots (if you don't have either of these, find a pair at a thrift store and spray-paint them)

• Some artificial ivy vines to wrap around yourself — pick some up at your local craft supplies store

• Elbow-length green gloves (optional)

• Long, flowing, bright red hair (You can buy a wig or a spray paint just for hair at halloweenexpress.com for just $4.)

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try costumecraze.com for an sexy version under $55.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Use a green pencil eyeliner or eyebrow pencil to draw on some green veins and ivy leaves around your temple and hairline

False eyelashes

Bright red lipstick — this is the most important part, because Ivy can kill with a single kiss

(We like this step-by-step tutorial from about.com for a dramatic and sexy approach to Ivy's makeup.)

Alli Harvey
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For the Cake-Lover: Marie Antoinette

Why We Love This Look:

Because this iconic and misunderstood beautiful young queen is one of the leading fashion icons of all time.

What You'll Need:

• A poufy, floor-length gown — check out a few thrift shops to see if you can find any bridesmaid dresses from the '80s and '90s that might work

• An insanely tall, curled updo — you can find a wig on buycostumes.com for as little as $18

• Jewels, jewels, and more jewels — pile on as much fake costume jewelry as you can manage, and the bigger the better

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try 3wishes.com for a sexy version or costumes4less.com for a more authentic outfit.)

Your Makeup Look:

• A matte, milky-white complexion

• Slightly flushed cheeks

• Light pink lips

(We like this hair and makeup tutorial from YouTube user Ask Me Makeup for an in-depth how-to on how to get this look.)

Michael Tullberg
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For the Bad Girl: Devil

Why We Love This Look:

Because being bad feels so good. At least on Halloween!

What You'll Need:

• A tight red or black dress

• Killer heels to match your dress

• Devil horns (Make your own by covering an old headband in red or black fabric; cut some horns out of thicker fabric, like felt, and hot-glue them to the top of the headband.)

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Check out the sexy versions that come with horns and a pitchfork from 3wishes.com, all for under $35.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Dark, kohl-lined eyes

False eyelashes

Deep red lips

Mark Sullivan
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For the Cutie: Minnie Mouse

Why We Love This Look:

Because Minnie is adorable, and she knew the power of a great pair of heels long before you or we ever did.

What You'll Need:

• A red dress with white polka dots

• High-heeled pumps

• Mouse ears (Read this step-by-step guide for creating your own, or buy a pair online at disneystore.com for under $20.)

• A big bow to sit between the mouse ears

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try halloweenexpress.com for a ready-made version under $55.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Use black face paint or wet some black eye shadow on the end of a Q-tip to draw on a black nose and some whiskers

False eyelashes

Bright red lips

Jesse Grant
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For the Goth: Dead Person

Why We Love This Look:

Because it appeals to the darker side in all of us. It's also insanely simple to throw together if you're looking for a last-minute costume idea.

What You'll Need:

• Wear anything that looks old and used/torn/stained — toss on some red paint for a really bloody effect

• Create a messy hairdo by leaving your hair unbrushed, teasing it, and using hair spray to create a tousled, disheveled look

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try spirithalloween.com for all kinds of corpse-bride costume ideas.)

Your Makeup Look:

• White or gray-hued skin (Try this $3 cream-based white face paint from buycostumes.com that washes off with just soap and water.)

Smoky eyes, also lined and shaded with red eye shadow

• Use red lipstick to create a trail of fake blood running from your mouth

(For a creepier, more intense dead-person makeup look, we like this online makeup tutorial from YouTube user MissChevious.)

Ana Elise Fuentes
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For the Old-School Gal: Witch

Why We Love This Look:

Because this classic costume will never go out of style. It's also something that's as hard or as easy to put together as you want it to be.

What You'll Need:

• A long, black gown

• A witch's hat (If you don't have one already, you can get one — with ratty gray witch hair attached! — at halloweencostumes4u.com for just $3.50.)

• A broom (If you don't have one already, you can pick one up at your nearest home and gardening store, like this wooden one for just $22 from homedepot.com.)

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try walmart.com for a witch costume complete with dress and hat for just $25.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Dark, plum-hued smoky eyes

False eyelashes

Nude lips

Evan Agostini
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For the Powerful Career Woman: Cleopatra

Why We Love This Look:

Because not only was this great beauty the last pharaoh to rule Egypt, she was also one of the most powerful rulers of her time. And the girl knew a thing or two about eye makeup, no?

What You'll Need:

• A toga or Grecian-inspired gown (If you don't have one already, read this tutorial from WikiHow on how to make a toga out of a bedsheet.)

• A gold headband or chain worn around your head

• Tons of gold jewelry, especially any large bangles you can wear on your upper arms

(Don't feel like making your own costume? Try halloweenexpress.com for a ready-made version under $45.)

Your Makeup Look:

• Dark, liquid-lined eyes, with a heavy cat-eye

Smoky eyes highlighted by dramatic shadow in graduating shades of violet, turquoise, and blue

False eyelashes

Nude lips

(For a glamorous breakdown of this makeup look, check out this step-by-step makeup tutorial from lovetoknow.com.)