Dressing up on Halloween isn’t for everybody.
Some people have to go to work and can’t wear a costume, while others simply don’t have the time to create an intricate outfit. But if you still want to be festive on the holiday, you can try wearing a bold makeup look instead.
For example, you can go all out and draw a mask of your favourite superhero using face paint, or you can go a little more subtle and stick with graphic eye makeup. To help you decide what to wear, we’ve rounded up 13 Halloween makeup looks that you can wear instead of a costume.
Relive your favourite ’90s memories with this beauty look.
To recreate it at home, stock up on some neon eye shadow, bright lipstick, and black liquid liner. To create the classic ’90s shapes across your cheeks, use highly pigmented eyeliner pencils to draw squiggles, triangles, and any other geometric shapes.
You can dress as a clown without the full costume.
Makeup enthusiast Kaitlyn Belin created a look that puts a pink glam twist on the traditional clown look. To wear this style, simply brush pink eye shadow on your forehead down to your cheeks in a C-motion.
Use that same shadow to coat your eyelids, and draw triangles above and under each eye with a purple eyeliner pencil. You can create the rest of the look with drugstore face paint.
Scare all your friends this Halloween by drawing giant spiders on your face.
If you’d like to try this look at home, use an eyeliner pencil in any colour to draw eight legs stemming from each eye. To make it extra bold, pair a dark lip liner with a lighter lipstick to create an ombré effect.
You can wear this galaxy makeup look with any outfit.
Regardless of what you plan to wear this Halloween, makeup artist Phumudzo Mudau created a galactic look that will work with any outfit. To replicate the look, simply use blue eye shadow on one eye and pink eye shadow on the other. Blend the two on each cheek, and use white eyeliner to create stars and dots across your face.
Showcase your colourful personality with this fairy makeup look.
Makeup artist Jessica Howes put her own spin on the traditional fairy Halloween look by wearing rainbow face makeup.
To recreate this look yourself, brush any brightly-coloured eye shadow across your lids and lightly down your nose. Use a white gel eyeliner to create dots around your eyes, and finish the look with a shiny nude lip colour.
This makeup gives the impression that you jumped straight out of a Wonder Woman comic.
Wonder Woman will be one of the most popular costumes in the country this year, but that shouldn’t stop you from dressing as her. If you want to make your outfit stand out, however, follow the lead of makeup artist Joann Cruz.
To recreate her Wonder Woman-inspired beauty look, draw lines cross your face with a liquid eyeliner pen. Once your face is sculpted to look like a comic character, use some golden face paint to create your crown, and pull it all together with a matte burgundy lipstick.
Instead of wearing character-themed makeup, draw traditional Halloween shapes.
Whether you have to work or just don’t feel like wearing an elaborate costume, makeup artist Emily Mulgrew has a good solution. Mulgrew ditched a costume completely and instead created a bold winged look using orange eye shadow and black eyeliner. She also drew bats along her cheekbone, which can be customised with any traditional Halloween character.
You can wear the mermaid look on Halloween without fake fins.
To create fake scales, place a piece of netted fabric over the area of skin where you’d like to create the effect, and then brush some coloured eye shadow over the net. Once you remove the fabric, you’ll have the criss-cross effect of scales.
Try Minnie Mouse makeup instead of a costume.
For this look, use a black gel liner to draw small Mickey ears on your eyelids. You can go simple with the rest of your face makeup, but add a bold red lip to tie everything together.
Recreate one of Ariana Grande’s most famous looks with this makeup.
Ariana Grande is known for her signature high ponytail, but she changed things up for the release of her single “No Tears Left to Cry.” Makeup enthusiast and cosplayer Kendra Davis not only perfectly replicated her low pony, but also matched the rainbow on Grande’s face.
To recreate Davis’ Grande-inspired look, simply use face paint to create a rainbow across your face, and enhance it with winged liner and a subtle lip gloss.
This look is perfect to wear to a work function or family Halloween outing.
Dressing as a witch may seem like a tired choice, but makeup artist Sophie Sieh created an autumnal witch look that is more glam than wicked. The best part is that you can easily replicate this look by making use of pumpkin-coloured shadows, matching blush, and winged liner.
To create the stars, simply take a white eyeliner pencil and draw them wherever you’d like.
Instead of a Spider-Man costume, create a mask with face paint.
It might take a little more time than putting on a Spider-Man bodysuit, but using red and black makeup to create the superhero’s signature mask – paired with a purple lipstick and red eye shadow – will make your look stand out from the rest.
This ice cream-inspired makeup will take some time to apply.
It’s worth noting that this look may be easier for advanced makeup artists, but anyone can create their own version by using brightly-coloured face paint, eyeliner, and eye shadow.
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