15 Halloween Makeup Tutorials Inspired by Your Fave Dudes
Candy, scary movies and pumpkins might be a big part of why we love Halloween, but the real treat lies in the costume. Everything from picking out the initial idea to the nitty-gritty details gives us cause to celebrate, and we’d be lying if we said we weren’t already scouring the web for the perfect makeup tutorial. We’ve shared a few of our fave tutorials inspired by our fave ladies, but now it’s the fellas’ time to shine. Scroll on for 15 favorite Halloween makeup looks that are sure to wow this year.
2. Skull: We’re not sure whether to be incredibly impressed by the details or just plain terrified of how creepy this one looks. Needless to say, it’s a spooky face that’s sure to turn heads this year. (via Alex Faction)
6. Edward Scissorhands: Tim Burton’s creepy-yet-sweet character is a great choice for both the gentlemen and the ladies. Jen Pike gives some great tips on how to get the scarred face of our fave scissor-handed antihero. (via Jen Pike)
7. Wolverine: Hugh Jackman might be rocking a slightly different appearance in the movie, but if you want to channel the character’s comic book origins, then this awesome tutorial is the way to go. (via Olga’s Face and Body Art)
8. Tony Stark/Iron Man: In case the literal take on our fave Avenger wasn’t quite your cup of tea, this take uses face paint to create both Tony Stark and his alter-ego, Iron Man. It’s a fun and spooky idea that would be awesome to try this October 31. (via LOL Workshop)
9. Grim Reaper: Our own dark circles aren’t looking quite so bad in comparison to the dead eyes of this guy. The Grim Reaper comes to life in this fantastic tutorial that has us even more excited for All Hallows’ Eve. (via KaPi Make-Up)
12. The Joker: Kylie Jenner gave us tips on making our lips a bit fuller, but here’s a creepier way to put your lipstick to use. Elongate your smile with this version made famous by the devilish Joker. (via Ben Makeup Artist)
13. Zombie: We’ve seen a lot of zombies in our day, but this Warm Bodies-inspired getup might just be our favorite. It’s part scary and part — dare we say — stylish? You’ve never seen a zombie like this before. (via Michelle Phan)
14. Scar: This one might have left us a little speechless. Marc Zapanata turns into our favorite feline villain right before our eyes, and it’s giving us some major makeup inspiration. (via Marc Zapanata)
Which is your favorite Halloween look for the guys? Let us know in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com