Contributor Jordan Reid shares her style and beauty know-how to get you prepped for those seasonal events and special occasions in which you want to put your best look forward. 
Sure, you can totally plan out and toil over an amazing Halloween costume weeks in advance. That can be super fun and totally impressive.
Or you can do what I usually do, which is completely forget that the holiday even exists until around 5 p.m. on October 31 and then spend an hour rummaging around in the depths of your closet in search of a pair of seriously bedraggled cat ears.
Let’s face it. Some people (myself included) just don’t have it in them to get it together ahead of time for Halloween.
But even if a head-to-toe costume isn’t in the cards, you can still have a little fun with beauty on the witchiest night of the year! Here are some ideas to get into the spirit of things if your style is more last-minute glam than scrupulously prepared ghoulish.
A Fairy-Tale Empress
One of my favorite-ever Halloween makeup looks was from the year that I went to a party dressed as The Childlike Empress from The Neverending Story. All this costume entailed was a nightgown, a necklace I pinned into my hair and over my forehead and a vaguely forlorn expression. It was fantastic. But I think what really made the look were the stick-on sequins I picked up at Ricky’s and pasted at the inner corners of my eyes.
If you’re looking for sparkle that’s a little subtler, try dipping a damp brush in Maybelline ExpertWear Luminous Lights Eyeshadow Collection. This palette includes a rainbow of shimmery shades. Rim your entire lash line with one hue, add a few coats of black mascara or a strip of falsies and watch your look go from flat to flashy in an instant.
Sixties Glamour Girl
Cat-eye liquid liner is my go-to look for every day. But if I want to take it to the next level, I add a second tiny wing on my lower lash lines, as well.
It’s sort of an updated Twiggy look, and a great way to add a little something extra to your big night out. To complete the look, bust out a formfitting shift dress à la Mad Men or a pair of homemade lace ears for a saucy (but still sweet) kitty.
Pop Diva
If you’ve always wanted to try a hot pink lip but have been too nervous to take the leap, now’s your chance. Use a lip brush to apply a coat of YSL Rouge Pur Couture Pure Color Lipstick SPF 15 in 7 Le Fuchsia, add a pair of round sunglasses, put on something weird and, presto, if anyone asks you’re Lady Gaga.
Backup Dancer
All Hallow’s Eve is such a fantastically fun time to play with your hair, even if you’re just hitting up the bar down the block. As much as I adore clip-in extensions, I’m sort of embarrassed to wear them these days because I feel like those things belong in a much hipper venue than my usual hot spots (the children’s library, the playground and the local Stop & Shop).
But on Halloween? Clip, tease, spray, curl, crimp, dye…it’s all good.
Or just slick it all back and throw on a black turtleneck dress. "Addicted to Love," anyone?

Photo (clockwise from upper left): Shu Uemura Lavender Bloom False Eyelashes; Rebelle Clip-in Accents in Ocean; Jordan Reid (courtesy of Reid); lace cat ears