Nightmare Before Christmas | Sally Halloween Makeup Look

 Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Makeup


Watching the Nightmare Before Christmas is basically a right of passage for me every year since the film was first released when I was about 5 years old. It was love at first watch for me; I had all the Nightmare Before Christmas merchandise including a Zero plush and various t-shirts to prove it. So, around this time in October (sometimes before – like in July or September LOL), I always break out my Nightmare Before Christmas on blu-ray and enjoy some Danny Elfman musical madness with the artistic styling and story prowess of Tim Burton. Who doesn’t love a little Halloweentown, Jack and Sally romance, and crazy Oogie Boogie, am I right? So, because I’m such a huge fan of the film, I really wanted to create a fun makeup look for Sally!

Sally Halloween Makeup Look


I’m sure I’m not the only girl who obsessed over Sally for years. She’s still an incredibly popular Halloween costume, even now, and I’d been wanting to do a makeup look for ages and ages. I actually dressed up as Sally when I was a junior in high school, though I think my makeup skills have improved a lot since then. I’m pretty sure my makeup for that costume was normal makeup with a few stitches done in eyeliner all over my face and neck LOL.


For this particular look, I used a lot of different products, but here are the main products I used to give you an idea on how you can use what you have on hand to recreate this look for your Halloween costume this year or maybe for your kids if they want to be Sally this October 31st 😉



Some of the products used are green beauty options while others are not natural at all so just keep that in mind. I don’t think it’s a big deal if you use costume makeup once a year that’s not 100% green, but if you would prefer a non-toxic Halloween makeup option, the one from Elegant Minerals on Etsy is good!

  • Alima Pure loose eye shadow in Thunder mixed with MAC Cosmetics Acyrlic Paint in White to create the lilac/blue base for Sally’s skin color and the purple on the shirt I painted on (with the swirls) which I made slightly darker. Both of these products were LE so you won’t be able to find Thunder anymore, but you can use any dark purple eye shadow that you have on hand mixed with a white cream pigment. You can probably still purchase MAC Cosmetics Acrylic Paint pots on Ebay, but they’re ridiculously expensive. That said, they last ages and work really well. Alternatively, you can find cheaper options from Graftobian and Mehron. I also used the AP in Thunder by itself to shape and fill in my eyebrows since they’re too dark to cover up without latex or wax (things I didn’t have on hand).
  • I used Living Nature Mascara (100% natural and organic mascara) in Black for my lashes
  • Nudus Lip Euphoria in Revenge (a true blue red color that’s 100% natural and organic!) – applied with a brush
  • Living Nature Eyeliner in Midnight – tight lined my eyes and bottom lashes
  • Jane Iredale Gel Pot Eyeliner in Purple ( 100% natural and organic gel eyeliner!) – I used it for all of my stitches which I layered white around to make them have more dimension.
  • Mehron Paradise Paint Basics Palette (provided by Mehron Makeup – thank you!) – I used the black and white colors to go over lines and stuff for this look and finish it up
  • Mehron Celebre HD Contour Palette – I used a medium brown color for the right side of
  • I got the red wig from Savers Thrift Store ♥


I really love how this look turned out! I am more impressed with special FX makeup artists now than ever because drawing on costumes (like I did with the shirt) and giving depth to stitches is a lot harder than it looks! That said, this was a lot of fun to create and the end result is really cool! I tried to give my Sally makeup look a more punky effect instead of being totally true to Sally in the film because I wanted it to be more wearable and cute so I hope you like it 🙂

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22 thoughts on “Nightmare Before Christmas | Sally Halloween Makeup Look

  1. October 9, 2015 at 6:11 AM

    Love this look! Will definitely have to watch Nightmare Before Christmas soon 🙂
    Aine recently posted…Bloggers Beauty Awards & Olympia BeautyMy Profile

    1. October 9, 2015 at 9:45 AM

      Yeah! I’m glad you like it 😀 I just watched Corpse Bride and now I need to do a Corpse Bride look haha 😀

  2. Helene @healthyfrenchie
    October 9, 2015 at 7:25 AM

    Awesome look! I still haven’t seen the movie but now I feel like I should 😉

    1. October 9, 2015 at 9:46 AM

      Oh my goodness! You have to watch it, at least once! It’s a cult classic and so fun for Halloween 🙂 You could watch with your siblings, if you have any younger ones, as it’s a kids movie 🙂

  3. October 9, 2015 at 9:26 AM

    Great job!! I just showed my toddler NBC yesterday for the first time and he loved it!
    Hollie recently posted…My Gothic Bohemian Style Picks for OctoberMy Profile

    1. October 9, 2015 at 11:49 AM

      haha yeah!! That’s so awesome. I loved it as a kid, as well, and it’s so much fun with the music for kids. Glad you like my look 😀

  4. Lexi
    October 9, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    You did such an amazing job with this!! I love Nightmare Before Christmas 🙂
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    1. October 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      thanks so much Lexi! I’m glad you think so 😀 Me too – it’s one of my all-time favorites! thanks for stopping by ♥

  5. October 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Look so cool! I love the way the stitches really pop.

    1. October 9, 2015 at 11:51 AM

      thanks Paige! I’m glad you like it 🙂 Highlighting the stitches in white in random places helps them pop – who knew? MUA on the internet helped me with this! haha. thanks for visiting 🙂

  6. October 9, 2015 at 7:33 PM

    What a neat tutorial/product listing. I loved Sally in Nightmare Before Christmas.
    Thank you for linking up to “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up
    Rachel xo
    Garay Treasures

    1. October 13, 2015 at 9:32 AM

      thanks Rachel 🙂 Me too – she’s such a fun look to do!

  7. October 11, 2015 at 8:29 AM

    Nightmare Before Christmas used to creep me out when I was little, but I like it now! 😀 This is such an awesome tutorial! :]
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    1. October 13, 2015 at 9:33 AM

      haha really? I think maybe I was a weird kid because I loved it haha. Thanks Farrah – I’m glad you liked it!

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  9. October 15, 2015 at 4:40 PM

    Very nicely done! I’m a huge Burton fan….as a matter of fact, my Halloween table last year was Tim Burton themed! Thank you for visiting me! 🙂
    Parsimonious Decor Darling recently posted…Set Your Table With Flair–Autumnal Teatime Al FrescoMy Profile

    1. October 16, 2015 at 10:48 AM

      thanks so much! I love Tim Burton too! Your table probably looked so cool! thanks for visiting me 🙂

  10. October 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM

    Love it! I really need to get some of that natural mascara, I’ve just been going without… Not fun!
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    1. October 21, 2015 at 11:19 AM

      it’s amazing and works just as well, honestly! I love my natural mascaras and pretty much never looked back haha 🙂

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