We’re sorry to break your “it’s simply too difficult to build a costume” excuse, but beauty bloggers have simplified Halloween Makeup to only one product. And you most likely have it on hand. That’s correct, all you actually need for these simple Halloween makeup ideas is eyeliner. We understand if you’d rather stay in and follow YouTube beauty tutorials than go out on October 31. But at the very least, check out these simple (and inexpensive!) Halloween ideas—they’ll give you a jolt of frightening Halloween spirit.
For a reason, the most traditional Halloween costume is a mainstay. This look entails lining big areas of your face with gel or liquid liner, such as your whole lids, under-eyes, nose, and cheekbone hollows. Then add in some vertical stitches to boost the creep factor, and boo! You’re a skeleton, aren’t you?
Transform yourself into a live Lichtenstein sculpture. Take what you know about contouring and reverse it for a pop art effect. Draw liquid eyeliner straight over your facial lines (we use Eyeko Black Magic Eyeliner). Then, using a white pencil liner, create those famous comic-book worthy dots all over your face. Finish off with a black-lined crimson lip.
With this makeup, Lola Von Esche simply calls it “Dead,” you may add some creep factor to any costume (or any old Thursday, there are no limits here). This look earns bonus points for being the simplest and most inventive. Simply apply many layers of under eye liquid liner and black teardrops, and you’ll look like a zombie Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, or a seductive kitten.
If Halloween is just an excuse to dress up, you’ve definitely already saved this masquerade mask to your Pinterest board. Keep a photo handy to help you sketch, and a pencil like the Urban Decay Ultimate Ozone Multipurpose Primer Pencil on hand to erase any mistakes. Stick-on facial diamonds are also a must-have for an added dose of glitz.
Halloween is the ideal time to flaunt your cat eye. As usual, wing out your favourite liquid or gel liner, then extend all the way into your inner corners. With a set of coloured contacts, YouTuber BeautyByGabbie goes even more feline.
Halloween makeup is always there to save the day when our ambitious intentions to put together a spectacular costume inevitably fall apart. It’s inexpensive, simple, and can salvage even the most dreadful disguise. Plus, if you’re not quite ready to go back to a crowded bar crawl or home party, makeup is a great way to bring a little Halloween flair to your movie night or school pickup.
Harley Quinn makeup
The majority of our inspiration comes from Instagram every year, but it’s especially helpful for beauty ideas this time of year. From pop cultural moments (hello, Gossip Girl) to meticulously crafted, over-the-top Halloween costumes themed around actual works of art, we selected the best Halloween makeup ideas to hit our feeds throughout the years. If you want to try your hand at DIYing classic looks like skeleton makeup, Harley Quinn makeup, and Pop art face paint, we’ve got you covered.
Because masks are still a part of our lives, we found a lot of inspiration that focuses on the eyes or involves the accessory. Of course, if you like a full face, we have solutions for you (or even full body). Whatever your plans—or your personal style—keep reading for the greatest Halloween makeup trends for 2022.
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To be honest, the dress (or lack thereof) is far more important than the makeup in this outfit. If you really want to dive deep, Fox’s makeup artist deconstructed her look on Instagram. All you need now is an MGK impersonator, and you’re good to go.
Maddy From Euphoria
While we wait for the new season, revisit one of Euphoria’s many iconic sparkly looks—we love Maddy’s over-the-top rhinestone eyeliner. The beauty of this style is that it’s instantly recognised even if you’re not wearing a costume, but it gets added points if you wear it with a cheerleading uniform. (For additional inspiration, see our comprehensive guide to Euphoria’s makeup looks.)
Even on Halloween, are you more of a no-makeup-makeup person? With a bit of blush, some lip colour, and the identical kiss-proof balm the entire cast wore while filming, channel everyone’s favourite Regency hottie. All you need now is a sultry duke….
Ride the Y2K craze by dressing up as a bad guy from the early 2000s. All you need is colourful eye makeup, dark lip liner, and thin brows to complete the effect.
Cruella de Vil is a Halloween staple, but Emma Stone’s new take on the renowned evil is refreshing. This is the most iconic look from the movie, and it’s surprisingly simple to recreate with only some face paint and a stencil. Learn more about the movie’s makeup artist in our interview.
Butterfly eyeliner was one of the hottest beauty trends on TikTok this year, but if you’re more of a minimalist, it might be too much for everyday. Fortunately, it’s just the right amount of oomph for Halloween, and no costume is required.
Halloween is quickly approaching, and if you’re still looking for a costume or just need some scary inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Pablo Rodriguez, Illamasqua’s Director of Artistry, has designed a seductive makeup look that will transport you to a night of fun. If you want to duplicate the gorgeous artwork, use our step-by-step instructions as a guide.
To begin, apply the IllamasquaMatte Veil Primer as a foundation. If you make a mistake while painting the mask, don’t use any foundation or concealer because it will be more difficult to fix. Instead, the mask will provide a full-coverage barrier over the face, obscuring any flaws. Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation Primer is another excellent primer to utilise. The product is designed to ensure a flawless, uniform application of makeup by enclosing your face in a smooth, even veil. Use the benefit Porefessional face primer to perfect your perfection and extend the wear of your makeup if you’re concerned about pores or texture.
Start by outlining the mask with the IllamasquaPrecision Gel Liner in shade Infinity after applying primer as a base. The water-resistant, silky solution glides on smoothly to offer rich colour and long-lasting hold, allowing you to create the shape you choose. Try the Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner if you want a liquid eyeliner. The precision tip brush ensures flawless application, allowing you to easily create fine to thick lines.
Begin by drawing the mask’s major shapes once you have the outline. Begin by dividing the mask into parts and filling in the blanks. To help with the detailed line work, start with the IllamasquaLiner Brush. Then, using the IllamasquaSmoulder Brush, create the thicker, more rounded portions of the pattern, such as the petals. Continue working your way from the big sections to the minute details until you’ve completed the entire mask.
Apply the Illamasqua Precision Gel Liner to the top and bottom of the eyes, and the Illamasqua Slick Stick Eye Liner to the inner of the waterline for the eyes waterline. Apply a layer of mascara and your favourite artificial lashes to complete the look. For a dramatic appearance, we propose the Velour Lashes Skin to Skin falsies.
Halloween makeup doesn’t have to mean a ton of fake blood and fangs. What if, on the evening of October 31, we marked the occasion with a makeup look that was more slay than slay dead. These Insta-models, from Bella Hadid to Natasha Poly, show us how to approach the occasion from a black glitter cat eyes, burnt orange liners, metallic eyeshadows and more.