“Makeup meets the macabre” in John Midgley’s “Halloween Face-Off” portraits for MAC

MAC recently kicked off its “Halloween Face-Off,” in which the cosmetics brand’s store makeup artists compete to create the best Halloween look—as voted on by Facebook followers. It’s “makeup meets macabre, with a virtual twist that makes you part of the plot.” John Midgley has worked with MAC for years and was asked to shoot photos of the looks, the very portraits that people are voting on at MAC’s “Halloween Face-Off” Facebook page.

“The passion of each of the artists was a lot of fun, and it was infectious,” says John, who shot at MAC stores in Miami, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and New York. “They lived for it—they lived for the look. They lived to have their picture taken. It took it back to the simplest form of photography, which is flattery and escapism.”

Here’s a look at John’s photos…

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Fanciful Game, by artist Valen Reyes. Photo by John Midgley.

Total Darkness, by artist Rorie Michelle Brock. Photo by John Midgley.

It Takes a Thief, by artist Myron Morgan. Photo by John Midgley.

Creature of the Sea, by artist Aimee Caballero. Photo by John Midgley.

Cracked Porcelain, by artist Jackie Michelle Ryan. Photo by John Midgley.

Voodoo, by artist Jason Obernuefemann. Photo by John Midgley.

Abstract Painting, by artist Katrina Yaques. Photo by John Midgley.

Jacqueline Lantern, by artist Jasmin Goldstein. Photo by John Midgley.

Reptilian Rocker, by artist Ian Patrick Glending. Photo by John Midgley.

Wrapped in Horror, by artist Emmanuel Garcia. Photo by John Midgley.

Two-Faced, by artist Jacque Ganigan. Photo by John Midgley.

Enter the Clown, by artist Anthony H. Nguyen. Photo by John Midgley.

Goddess of the Future, by artist Ingrid Mathurin. Photo by John Midgley.

Scaring the Crows, by artist Elias Velasco. Photo by John Midgley.

Haunted Girl, by artist Kate Stout. Photo by John Midgley.

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