While Halloween is the only time of the year when you can actually dress up in great costumes, not everyone has the time or money to invest in an intricate ensemble. So, if you’re scrambling to put on a costume at the last minute, don’t worry! With a little creativity and some simple makeup techniques, you can easily achieve a makeover that will impress your friends and family.
We’ve put together a list of 15 last-minute DIY makeup ideas for a Halloween costume that will make you live the life of the party. From gorgeous angel and butterfly costumes to bloody wrinkles and vampires, these looks can be achieved with minimal effort and expense.
Skeletons, a true Halloween classic, are an always popular choice on October 31st. And while you can definitely buy a pre-made outfit, why not put a special touch on it with a fun makeup look?
To get the look, start by applying a lighter foundation and powder all over your face to create a blank canvas. Then carefully draw on the bones with a black or brown pencil. For more drama, add some black shade to your inner sockets and tear ducts. And for the finishing touch, paint on some black lipstick (or use a lip pencil) to create an awesome smile.
Product to try: Urban Decay – Eyeshadow 24/7$19
day of the dead
Day of the Dead, or Día de Los Muertos, is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the lives of those who have died. It’s also become a popular Halloween costume, thanks to her amazing and colorful makeup.
To get the look, start by applying a white base all over your face. Then draw on the sugar skull designs using a black pencil. Once you have the basic shape down, fill it with color. For the eyes, use bright blue or green, and go with vibrant pink or purple for the flowers.
Product to try: Shiseido – Artist Kajal Ink Shadow, Eyeliner, Brow$25
If you like to take your Halloween with a side of retro, this is the costume for you. And the best part is that it can be as simple or as exaggerated as you want it to be.
For a more subtle look, start by applying your usual skin products and draw an elongated wing. To really sell the classic look, don’t forget to add a matte lipstick and some false eyelashes. If you want to go a little further, you can make this look more dramatic by adding a sharp contour to highlight your cheekbones and darker eyeshadow to create a smoky eye.
Product to try: KVD Beauty – Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner Tattoo Liner$23
Ride the wave of the 2000s and dress up as an early 2000s villain. Colorful eye makeup, dark lip liner, and slim eyebrows are all you need to create the look.
Product to try: Suva Beauty – UV Taffies Hydra FX Palette$32
bloody cut wrinkle
If you’re looking forward to getting a kick out this Halloween, then this bloody wrinkle look is the one for you.
Start by applying your regular concealer and setting the powder all over your eyelid. Then draw on the “Cut” with a black marker. Once you have the shape, fill it in with red eyeshadow. For more drama, add some “blood” by swiping a red lip liner along the edge of the cut.
Product to try: NYX – Epic Wear Long Lasting Liquid Eyeliner10 bucks
Vampires are probably one of the most popular Halloween costumes of all time, and they’re always a hit during the scary season.
To achieve this look, you can use a basic set consisting of pale powder, black eyeshadow, deep red lipstick and false eyelashes and make it pretty much as dramatic or subtle as you like.
Product to try: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Microfinishing Pressed Powder$37
The Countess is a prominent character played by Lady Gaga on the TV show American Horror Story: Hotel, And her look is famous for being a mixture of gothic, glamorous, and seductive—full Halloween inspiration.
To achieve this chic and edgy ensemble, start by applying a lighter foundation and powder to your face and add a dramatic contour to accentuate your cheekbones. Next, paint over your eyebrows with a lighter concealer to get the classic white Countess brows. Draw a dramatic elongated wing with black or brown eyeliner, and apply the black shadow to your hollows. Finally, finish the look with a dark red lip.
Product to try: Lime Crime – Liquid Lipstick in Color Wicked$15
If you are up for a challenge, this lace mask makeup look is definitely for you!
To get the look, start with your usual foundation and powder. Then, using black eyeliner, draw a lace mask design. Once you have the look, fill it in with black eyeshadow and use white, silver, or red eyeliner to add some highlights. Finally, pair this glamorous makeup look with the pretty little black dress you’ve been so excited to wear, and you’re good to go!
Product to try: Sephora Collection – Eyeliner To Go$6
Pop art makeup is the perfect way to add a little fun and whimsy to your Halloween look.
To achieve this look, start by applying a white base all over your face. Then, draw on classic pop art designs using black eyeliner or eye shadow. Once you have the basic shape down, fill it with color. To make the colors really pop, use bright blue or green for the eyes and vibrant red, pink or purple for the lips.
Product to try: Maybelline Master Precise Matte Liquid Liner9 bucks
Big, plump lips, winged eyeliner and spidery eyelashes are all you need to achieve the iconic Bratz doll look.
To get distinctive plump lips, start by defining your lips with a lip liner. Then, using a lip brush, fill in your lips with color. Use a shimmer or shimmer eye shadow in the center of your lips to brighten up the color. Next, using a black eyeliner pencil, add a little winged eyeliner. Next, coat your eyelashes with mascara and finish the look with a dramatic false.
Product to try: Anastasia Beverly Hills – Norvina False Eyelashes$12
Queen Serenity is a character from the popular anime series sailor moonIts look is ethereal and regal, perfect for Halloween.
To achieve this look, start by applying a pale foundation all over your face. Next, draw on the classic Sailor Moon on your forehead with a white pencil. Next, apply a gray eyeshadow to the eyelid and inner corner, and use a shimmery silver shadow on the rest of your eyelid. To really make the eyes stand out, add some false eyelashes and winged eyeliner. Finally, finish the look with a glossy pink lip.
Product to try: Valentino Dreamdust Glitter Eyeshadow in Skydust$32
Daphne Bridgerton is a character known for her romantic, feminine and delicious style from the popular Netflix series Bridgeton. Achieving her look is simple and perfect for a last-minute Halloween costume. All you have to do is curl your hair into loose waves, apply peachy blush to your cheeks, and add a glossy pink lip.
For the eyes, you can either keep it simple with some mascara and a pink nude shade, or you can go for a more dramatic look by adding false eyelashes and champagne glitter on the eyelids.
Product to try: Charlotte Tilbury Eyes To Mesmerize Cream Eyeshadow in Champagne$34
Soft and cute, but make it Halloween. This beautiful look can be achieved by using a black liquid liner to draw intricate butterfly wing designs around the eyes.
Start by drawing the basic wing shape using the black liner. Once you have the shape down, fill it with black shadow. To make the wings really stand out, use a white pencil to add some highlights.
Product to try: stila – waterproof eyeliner that lasts all day$23
White eyeliner, shimmer eye shadow, pink lip gloss and rhinestones. That’s all you need to create this pretty angelic look if you’re looking for something a little fancier and less scary.
Product to try: Get the stones – 3D rhinestones$17
Despite how adorable this deer makeup is, it’s surprisingly easy to pull off.
Start by applying foundation, powder, and plenty of creamy bronzer or contouring to define the hollows of your cheeks and make them look slim and tight, like deer features. Then, using a white liner, apply some faux freckles to your face to give the illusion of a deer coat. Next, use a brown liner to fill in your brows, add definition to your eyes, and of course, paint the tip of your nose. Finally, coat your eyelashes with mascara and finish the look by applying a brown lipstick to the upper lip, followed by a dab of glossy lip balm for a beautiful, subtle shine.
Product to try: Charlotte Tilbury – Airbrush Matt Bronzer$56
These are just some last minute Halloween makeup ideas that are perfect if you are looking for something quick, easy and relatively inexpensive. So, don’t stress if you feel uninspired or just don’t have the time. Just grab whatever makeup you have on hand and get creative! After all, Halloween is the only time of the year when you can really let your creativity flow freely and have a little spooky fun.
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