For those who don’t enjoy dressing up, don’t want to spend a lot of money on a costume, or perhaps find themselves needing a costume after a last minute invitation to a halloween party, fear not!
I’ve compiled a list of the best pretty halloween makeup ideas that will not only have you receiving compliments left and right, but will save you both time and money since you probably already own most of the makeup needed to recreate them.
And don’t worry about your skill level (or lack there of) when it comes to makeup, this list has looks that range in difficulty so you’ll likely find something you can confidently pull off!
Also, if you have the time it doesn’t hurt to practice your look a few times before the event you’re going to. The old adage “practice makes perfect” definitely applies here.
So let’s get right into the list!
This scarecrow makeup is perfect for those who already own orange eyeshadows and a jet black liquid eyeliner!
Wear it with a plaid flannel and the black skinny jeans you already own for an easy, last minute costume!
For those who have mastered the fine art of a smokey eye, this look was made for you!
In fact, I would venture to say the most difficult part of this entire look is the eye makeup!
This makeup would look so badass when worn with all black clothing, like a leather jacket, distressed skinny jeans, and boots!
If you want a look that doesn’t require a whole lot of time or blending, check out this take on a deer!
This looks is absolutely adorable and can easily be recreated with white, black, brown eyeshadows, bronzer, and a little liquid liner!
This makeup look works best with hair that is pulled back and some cute fake deer ears! If you don’t want to DIY your own, check out these
This look is great if you want to be glamorous and a little creepy at the same time.
Do your makeup as subtle or dramatic as you would like.
Tip: Outline where the zipper will lie and avoid putting makeup in that area. Also, simple lash glue works great for laying the glitter down.
How could I not include a cat on this list?
The great thing about cat makeup is it looks great on anyone and is so effortless and quick to do!
Cat makeup is sexy without looking like you’re trying too hard, and never goes out of style. It’s also a great look to fallback on if you need a costume last minute!
Throw on some black tights/leggings, a black top, and cat headband to complete your look.
Rose the Riveter Pop Art Edition
Both feminist icon Rosie the Riveter and pop art have been super trendy halloween costumes these past handful of years, so clearly the only way to make them both better is by combining them into one ultimate costume!
This look involves some serious contouring (check out that arm!) to get the comic book effect, as well as some strategically placed white dots, but other than that is pretty simple!
Pearl Sugar Skull
This ultra feminine and stylish take on the classic sugar skull may require you to make a quick run to Hobby Lobby to pick up some pearls, gemstones, and adhesive, but besides that is pretty simple overall!
The key is simply gluing everything down in the right place to create the overall symmetry of the skull.
Although this Wonder Woman makeup look may seem intimidating, it really is nothing more than expertly placed liquid eyeliner!
Simply create a flawless base and then sculpt out the cheekbones, nose, jawline, chin, and worry lines on the forehead.
To create the headpiece, use a gold liquid face paint to create the crown, and then glue down a red star to complete.
If you want to go the route of something a little more sexy and classic, this bunny look is the perfect option.
Make it extra girly with pink eyeshadow, false lashes, and sparkly bunny ears.
This look works great for those who want to leave their hair down or up as well.
This look is a grown up version of the Wednesday Addams many of us grew up watching on The Addams Family.
If you have black hair, then you’re basically already half way there with the costume.
All you need makeup wise is essentially a black (or other dark shade) lipstick, a smokey eye, and very fair face powder to give you that pale complexion.
Also, don’t be afraid to sketch in a widow’s peak!
This look is a little bit trickier to execute than most of the other ones on this list, but if you have the patience you can definitely nail it.
I recommend mapping out the cracks very lightly with an eyeshadow and then once you have everything in place, trace over it with a black liquid liner.
Use red eyeshadows to lightly add some depth to the cracks as well.
If you want something more creepy than the skull towards the top of the list, check out this take!
This looks is the perfect contrast between feminine and edgy.
Simply apply your makeup as you would normally to half your face, and then use white and black eyeshadows, as well as black eyeliner to create the exposed skull on the other side.
If you want to stand out and do something a little bit different for an animal costume, consider this giraffe look!
The keys to this look are white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, black lipstick, and a rich, brown cream bronzer or foundation.
Throw your hair into 2 top knots to emulate the look of the giraffe’s ossicones and you’re good to go.
Youtube beauty guru Chrisspy absolutely kills this gangster clown halloween makeup look, which is the perfect mix of fun, sexy, and a little scary!
The best part? It only really requires black liquid liner, a red lipstick, and black and white eyeshadows to pull this off!
Throw on a plaid flannel, some loose fitting Dickies, and some converse to nail the complete look.
Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas
To execute every Disney lovers’ favorite doll, grab yourself some blue body paint, a red wig, and a great black eyeliner to create stitching.
This look is great because it is extremely likely just about everyone will recognize your costume, which will help you avoid the annoying “So, who are you supposed to be?” questions.
By far one of the easier and quicker halloween makeup ideas on this list, this demon inspired makeup simply requires a deep red/burgundy smokey eye and some light-handed vein drawing under the eyes.
This is a great option for those events where an entire costume isn’t required…or for the person who hates dressing up!
Let me know in the comments what you plan on being for halloween! I’d love to know 🙂