There's nothing wrong with deciding to go as your favorite pet for Halloween — then October 31 rolls around so you simply draw on some whiskers and a cat nose with black eyeliner at the very last minute. However, there are so many other creative ways to create last-minute Halloween costumes, and none of them require buying a costume. Just you, your makeup kit, and some creativity.
With these looks, you can go all out with your makeup and wear whatever you feel comfortable in. The best part is that you probably already own most of the makeup required to make these happen, so you don't need to go on a shopping spree for these unique ideas. Plus, you don't have to know how to do any intricate special-effects makeup techniques — as seen with these terrifyingly awesome looks — so you'll be able to pull plenty of these ideas off, regardless of whether you're a skilled makeup artist or an eager beauty beginner. Follow along for 27 Halloween costumes that are perfect for makeup lovers who saved getting ready 'til the last minute.
1. Pop Art
2. Wicked Witch of the West
Go green with like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (and Wicked, of course) with a glamorous, bejeweled twist à la @namglam.
3. Pentagon's Kino
Pretend to be K-pop star for the night with Kino's colorful "ribbit" cheek makeup from Pentagon's Thumbs Up promo shoot.
4. Melted Doll
With some clever makeup technique, Romanie-Jade Tulloch turned herself into a Bratz doll that got a little too close to a fire, and you should, too. Of course, carrying around a lighter is not necessary.
5. Ghost Face
Special effects makeup artist Lisa Maria Murphy took inspiration from Ghostface in the Scream series to create this meta moment.
6. Purge Mask
7. Sea Witch
8. Stranger Things
Kayla Holloway summed up season one of Stranger Things in the best possible way with Christmas lights draped across her cheeks and Eleven's classic bloody nose.
9. Gucci Snake Gone Bad
Give your Halloween costume a high-fashion touch without spending a dime with this look from UK-based makeup artist Abby Roberts.
10. Six Eyes
Add four more eyes to your face for an arachnid aesthetic like Canadian makeup artist Megan Brown.
11. Violet Beauregarde
Regardless of if you prefer Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you have to admit that Ellie Addis came up with a pretty genius way to emulate gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde. The look has gone so viral that Addis recently created a tutorial to help others recreate it.
Makeup artist Kaneshia Shana created the only waterfalls we'll ever chase.
13. Pumpkin Glitter Butt
You don't have to wait until a full moon to morph into a werewolf. Just use Zoe-artistsharvest's look for reference.
15. Pixelated Person
Turn yourself into a pixelated version of yourself with tips from Canadian makeup artist Cassidy Shkimba.
16. Monet Painting
Pretend like you belong on the wall of your favorite art museum for a night.
17. Safety Pin
OK, a safety pin might not seem like the most glamorous Halloween costume ever, but June (also known as @visiblejune on Instagram) makes a pretty convincing argument for it.
18. Millenial Clown
In the words of makeup artist Jenapher Moore, "I’m not like a regular clown. I’m a cool clown." She topped off her bold blue eye makeup with star-shaped rhinestones for a glitzy, Instagram-ready clown look.
19. 3-D Spider
Makeup artists all over Instagram like Sofia Hernandez have been painting frighteningly realistic spiders onto their faces with some skillful shadow techniques. Make one look like its crawling out of your eye or even your lips.
Make flowers bloom from your eyes like Jihane El Yamri with the help of some gold glitter and white eyeliner.
Tie your hair up in some pigtails, and transform your face into a creepy but incredibly cute monster.
22. Bloody Queen
23. Neon Skull
Instead of covering your whole face with its internal anatomy, try just a quarter of it by outlining your jawbone, teeth and eye socket with fluorescent hues.
24. Glitter Face
Some Allure editors may not endorse glitter-packed face masks, but I fully support covering your face in glittery makeup for Halloween purposes. After drawing on wings and swiping on black lipstick, slap some Vaseline all over your skin and press glitter on top of it. A balm will be easier to remove than glue — and your skin will be much happier about it, too.
25. Crying Heart
Literally, all you need is a liquid liner like Nyx's That's the Point Eyeliner to create this dotted extravaganza. OK, and a lot of patience.
27. Old Hollywood Glamour
Glue down your brows for ample space to add glitter to your lids for this glitzy Vaudeville glam.
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