With Halloween a little over one week away, we’re all under the wire to finalize our costumes. Looking to spice up your costume or just experiment with some face paint? Here are 13 Halloween makeup looks that anyone from novices to bonafide makeup-lovers can achieve with a bit of guidance, a little eyeliner, and a whole lot of patience! From newbies to makeup artists in the making, Halloween is the time to unleash your creative side and play around with some terrifyingly fabulous makeup looks.
1. Hocus Pocus Glossy Lid
Inspired by the recent Colourpop Cosmetics Hocus Pocus collaboration, this makeup look plays with spidery lashes, vixen black lips, and glossy purple lids. The eyeshadow can appear daunting, but it’s practically a one-shadow look. Play with different colors, from greens, purples, to reds, and top it all off with a glitter gel. With these eyes to kill, you’re sure to put a spell on anyone who looks your way.
2. Bloody Cut Crease
Liquid liner is one of the best ways to amplify your look for Halloween. Grab your red liquid liner and outline just above the crease of your eye, mimicking a cat liner you would typically draw on your lash line. Top it off with some liquid blood on a small liner brush, blending it out carefully with a scrub sponge to give it a splatter effect. Want more blood splatter? Try a spray bottle of fake blood, like the Makeup Revolution SFX Spray Blood!
3. Pennywise Clown
While Pennywise’s clown makeup has been replicated throughout the years, if you’re not into the whole special fx look, try something a little more tame but with a bloody twist. For the eyes, artist @tias.mua did a matte red-toned smokey eye, paired with false lashes. To achieve the bloody smile, outline with red liner or eyeshadow and top with some Mehron coagulated blood gel for a sinister grin no one will forget.
4. Bat-Wing Graphic Eyeliner
Looking for a way to spice up your winged liner? Try some graphic looks! Kat Von D's bat-wing eyeliner is an easy way to switch up your eye makeup for Halloween. Sketch out the general shape of the wing using your favorite neutrals from a contour or eyeshadow palette. Then go in with your ride-or-die liquid liner, like the KVD Tattoo Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
5. Lisa Frank Rainbow Cheetah
If you’re leaning away from the bloody, creepy Halloween theme, tap into some 90's nostalgia and whip out your Caboodle for a Lisa Frank-inspired look! For the eyes, it's time to break out all of the pigments and create a gradual rainbow transition across the lids, blending each color on the color wheel into the next. Top the lid with a silver shadow for a metallic pop. If you want to elevate this look to Frank status, grab some water-activated face paints and begin the rainbow down your neck and up onto the side of your cheek. Grab a black face paint and sketch on some leopard spots. Now you're looking like a real-life Unicorn Cheetah!
6. Neon Jack-O-Lantern
Going out for Halloweekend and want your makeup to be seen all night long? Check out UV reactive makeup, like the Unbothered Cosmetics Neon Cake eyeliners. Cover your entire lid with black gel eyeliner, forming a cat-eye shape. Using a small liner brush and your water-activated cake liner, draw a jack-o-lantern face. Your eyes will literally be glowing All Hallows’ Eve!
7. Angel vs Devil
Can’t decide whether you want to be an angel or devil? Why not both? Do your regular face makeup routine, and focus on the eyes. Keep it neutral and use a white liner to draw some angel wings and a halo above the eyebrow for one eye. Go in for a fiery smokey red eyeshadow look for your other eye, paired with some graphic devil horns: a little naughty, a little nice.
8. Optical Illusion Face Paint
Special FX makeup can seem daunting for the makeup newbie but have no fear, BUST has you covered. Try out this optical illusion fang makeup from MUA Amy Watanabe! Using a brown or white eyeliner, sketch out the design along your chin down onto the neck. Once you finalize the sketch, go in with black face paint, like the Ben Nye Professional Creme Series, and fill the "mouth area." Using red face paint, blend all over the tongue area to emphasize the illusion of an open mouth. Accent your fangs with some white face paint, dab a little fake blood, and this look is sure to make jaws drop!
9. American Horror Story: The Countess
Lady Gaga’s iconic role as The Countess in American Horror Story is a trendier Halloween look this season. A mix of glam and fright, this look pays homage to the bombshell blonde with angular smokey eyes and blood-tainted lips. Makeup artist @jasadetunji went for a bleached eyebrow effect, and claw marks up her neck.
10. Catwoman Face Mask
Walking the line between hero and villain, Catwoman is a sexy, latex lover’s dream costume. Paired with a glossy red lip, smokey winged eyeliner, and cat ears, it’s purrfectly irresistible. If you have the skills, and a steady enough hand, opt for drawing on your face mask instead of buying one.
11. Blotted Skull Face
Pick up a water-activated face paint, like the Mac Cosmetics Chromacake, and go for a more abstract skull face. A more toned-down version of skull makeup, this look blends smokey eyes with strategic face paint. Pop in some colored contacts and slicked-back hair, and you’ve achieved that effortless “undead model” look.
12. Coraline & Other Mother
After the release of 2009’s Coraline, many of us fell in love with the blue-haired rebel and her escape from the Other Mother. This split makeup look blends more natural makeup with special effects, button eye included.
13. Purple Skull Heart
Face painting is the next step up from a traditional canvas, and makeup artist @atarahmayhew has mastered her craft. In her 31 days of Halloween makeup series, she has rocked a range of looks from Disney icons to fan-favorite Halloween characters. In this TikTok, we see her painting skills in action as she designs a monochromatic purple skull look!
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Elizabeth Safaryn is a fourth-year student at New York University, studying Media & Communications. She lives in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and enjoys learning/writing about feminist representation in cinema and social media. You can follow her at @lizsafaryn