And if you’re not highly skilled in makeup application, that’s OK. These looks are all customisable, and can be tailored to your skills and the makeup you already own. To help you plan your look, we’ve rounded up 23 of the best Halloween makeup looks that you should try.
This Harley Quinn makeup look is easy enough to DIY.
For the finishing touches, smudge a classic red lipstick past your mouth to create a cartoonish smile, and create fake face tattoos using black liquid eyeliner.
Take your Minnie Mouse costume to the next level with this eye look.
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.
You can use face paint to create a Spider-Man costume.
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 costume stand out from the rest.
Showcase your colourful personality with this fairy makeup look.
Makeup artist Jessica Howes put her own spin on the traditional fairy Halloween costume 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.
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.
Share your zodiac sign with the world on Halloween.
Of course, the zodiac sign you choose will change how you recreate this look, but for the best results choose colours and styles that represent your personality.
If you don’t want to wear a full costume, get festive with your makeup.
Whether you have to work or just don’t feel like wearing an elaborate costume, makeup artist Emily Mulgrew has the perfect solution for you.
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 don’t have to cover yourself in purple face paint to dress as Violet Beauregarde from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.”
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” has the potential to inspire tons of Halloween costumes, but makeup enthusiast Ellie Addis found particular inspiration in the bubblegum-chewing Violet.
To recreate her look, brush a bright purple eyeshadow across your nose, packing a lot of colour on top and blending the excess out towards your cheeks. Add a blonde bob wig, pack of bubblegum, and blue jacket, and people will be doing double-takes.
This galaxy makeup will work for a number of costumes.
Regardless of what space-inspired costume you’d like to wear this Halloween, makeup artist Phumudzo Mudau has got you covered.
To replicate her galactic 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.
Animal looks can be simple and easy to recreate.
After applying your favourite foundation, use a cream white eye shadow crayon to create spots across your forehead. From there, go for a shimmery neutral shadow on your eyes, and use a dark eye shadow to create the appearance of a deer nose and lip.
If you’re dressing as a scarecrow this Halloween, keep your outfit simple and go all out on your makeup.
To replicate the most crucial aspect of this look, use a black eyeliner pencil to create stitches everywhere – from your forehead, to your nose, and lips.
Make sure you have plenty of glitter for your unicorn costume.
For those dressing as unicorns this October, take inspiration from makeup enthusiast Yara Debs. To recreate her glitzy unicorn look, all you’ll really need is your everyday makeup, a bright lipstick, and lots of glitter.
To keep your makeup shining throughout the entire holiday, prime your face with a tacky primer, and use a sponge to spread a rainbow highlighter across the side of your face.
This ice cream-inspired makeup will take some time to apply.
It’s worth noting that this costume may be easier for advanced makeup artists, but anyone can create their own version of this look by using brightly-coloured face paint, eyeliner, and eye shadow.
You can dress as a clown without being scary.
Makeup enthusiast Kaitlyn Belin created a look that puts a pink glam twist on the traditional clown costume. To wear this look, simply brush pink eye shadow on your forehead down to your checks 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.
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.
Those dressing as Princess Shuri from “Black Panther” will want to check out this makeup look.
Simply apply purple, pink, and yellow eye shadow to your lids, and use a white cream eyeliner to create dots across your face. Pair with a pink nude lip, and you’re set.
You don’t need a ton of fake blood to pull off this vampire look.
This vampire look created by makeup artist Emma Shepherd is simple but effective. To replicate the look, start with foundation that’s a shade lighter than you normally wear to give you a ghoulish effect.
Then pack a black shadow on your eyelid, and create lines with a burgundy lip liner down towards your cheeks. Finally, colour your lips red and pop in some fake fangs to complete the look.
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.
With this makeup look, trick or treaters will surely confuse you with actress Madelaine Petsch.
There’s no doubt that “Riverdale” character costumes are going to be huge this year. If you want to take part in the craze – and particularly want to dress as Cheryl Blossom – check out this look from makeup artist Alina Shayk.
The most important part of Blossom’s look is her red hair and matching lips, so a shiny red lip gloss and simple smokey eye is really all you need for this costume. And if you decide to wear a wig, make sure you colour in your eyebrows to be the same auburn shade.
Put your own spin on Captain America’s classic suit.
Of course, you’ll need a lot of blue face paint to create Steve Roger’s mask. But for the rest of your makeup, stick to a simple look consisting of mascara, eyebrow products of your choice, and a bold red lipstick.
There can never be too many Disney costumes on Halloween.
If you too want to dress like Ariel this year, take advantage of any red makeup you own – wear a bright red lip, and use red eye shadow for your brows. For your eyes, use green and purple to match Ariel’s fins and shell bra.
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