27 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Do With Just Makeup

Devon Abelman

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 off plenty of the ideas here, 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 till the last minute.

1. Pop Art

Bring Roy Lichtenstein's classic style to life like @trulymakeup_23.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/trulymakeup_23/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:@trulymakeup_23" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">@trulymakeup_23</a>/Instagram</cite>

2. Wicked Witch of the West

Go green like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (and Wicked, of course) with a glamorous, bejeweled twist à la @namglam.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ4Xx0wglYk/?taken-by=namglam" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Naomi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Naomi</a>/Instagram</cite>

3. Pentagon's Kino

Pretend to be a K-pop star for the night with Kino's colorful "ribbit" cheek makeup from Pentagon's Thumbs Up promo shoot.

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4. Melted Doll

With some clever makeup techniques, Romanie-Jade Tulloch turned herself into a Bratz doll that got a little too close to a fire. Of course, carrying around a lighter is not necessary.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnttQIlFhkb/?taken-by=cakefacerj" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Romanie-Jade Tulloch" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Romanie-Jade Tulloch</a>/Instagram</cite>
Romanie-Jade Tulloch/Instagram

5. Ghost Face

Special-effects makeup artist Lisa Maria Murphy took inspiration from Ghostface in the Scream series to create this meta moment.

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Lisa Marie Murphy/Instagram

6. Purge Mask

Put your favorite contouring kit to a terrifyingly amazing new use by taking cues from British makeup artist Belinda Maines' Purge-inspired mask illusion.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BomY1Y-lD83/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Belinda Maines" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Belinda Maines</a>/Instagram</cite>
Belinda Maines/Instagram

7. Sea Witch

Steffanie Strazzere from Kat Von D's Artistry Collective used fishnet tights and several shades of the 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade to create these mesmerizing scales.

<cite class="credit">Devon Abelman/<em>Allure</em></cite>
Devon Abelman/Allure

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.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BnMhMg2ALz4/?taken-by=karpekayla" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kayla Holloway" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kayla Holloway</a>/Instagram</cite>
Kayla Holloway/Instagram

9. Gucci Snake Gone Bad

Give your Halloween costume a high-fashion touch without spending a dime on this look from U.K.-based makeup artist Abby Roberts.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoXQZ-rjqNt/?saved-by=abelwoman" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Abby Roberts" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Abby Roberts</a>/Instagram</cite>
Abby Roberts/Instagram

10. Six Eyes

Add four more eyes to your face for an arachnid aesthetic like Canadian makeup artist Megan Brown.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoW3jDNBhty/?taken-by=megbrownie24" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Megan Brown" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Megan Brown</a>/Instagram</cite>
Megan Brown/Instagram

11. Violet Beauregarde

Regardless of whether 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 made a tutorial to help others re-create it.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn9IkTKBCJk/?taken-by=ellieaddis" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ellie Addis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ellie Addis</a>/Instagram</cite>
Ellie Addis/Instagram

12. Waterfalls

Makeup artist Kaneshia Shana created the only waterfalls we'll ever chase.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/kaneshiashana/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Kaneshia Shana" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Kaneshia Shana</a>/Instagram</cite>
Kaneshia Shana/Instagram

13. Pumpkin Glitter Butt

Yup, glittery pumpkin butt makeup is a thing now, thanks to Sophia Levy, makeup artist and cofounder of Go Get Glitter. Take that information as you will.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoRymgnH08n/?taken-by=gogetglitter" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Go Get Glitter" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Go Get Glitter</a>/Instagram</cite>
Go Get Glitter/Instagram

14. Werewolf

You don't have to wait for a full moon to morph into a werewolf. Just use Zoe-artistsharvest's look for reference.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BoRpLcqFcNa/?taken-by=zoe_artistsharvest" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Zoe-artistsharvest" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Zoe-artistsharvest</a>/Instagram</cite>

15. Pixelated Person

Turn yourself into a pixelated version of yourself with tips from Canadian makeup artist Cassidy Shkimba.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BUIGc65FgSO/?taken-by=thepowderrooom" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Cassidy Shkimba" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Cassidy Shkimba</a>/Instagram</cite>
Cassidy Shkimba/Instagram

16. Monet Painting

Pretend as if you belong on the wall of your favorite museum for a night.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Bopld5rBY2j/?taken-by=gravemoth_" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gravemoth_ alex" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gravemoth_ alex</a>/Instagram</cite>
gravemoth_ alex/Instagram

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.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/visiblejune/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:June" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">June</a>/Instagram</cite>

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 look.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BmwvG0oBcO5/?taken-by=jenaphermoore" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jenapher Moore" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jenapher Moore</a>/Instagram</cite>
Jenapher Moore/Instagram

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.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BohkPnmnNxZ/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Sofia Hernandez" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Sofia Hernandez</a>/Instagram</cite>
Sofia Hernandez/Instagram

20. Daisies

Make flowers bloom from your eyes like Jihane El Yamri with the help of some gold glitter and white eyeliner.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BgHae46H2ZA/?taken-by=jihaart" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jihane El Yamri" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jihane El Yamri</a>/Instagram</cite>
Jihane El Yamri/Instagram

21. Frankendoll

Tie your hair up in some pigtails and transform your face into a creepy but incredibly cute monster.

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Jessica Nicole/Instagram

22. Bloody Queen

Merge the red eye makeup and dotted liner trends into one spooky situation.

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Heather Moorhouse Bloody Queen halloween makeup costume .jpg

Heather Moorhouse/Instagram

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.

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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.

<h1 class="title">Ellis Atlantis glitter face halloween makeup costume.jpg</h1> <cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZlpwCnn82M/?taken-by=ellis_atlantis" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Ellis Atlantis" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Ellis Atlantis</a>/Instagram</cite>

Ellis Atlantis glitter face halloween makeup costume.jpg

Ellis Atlantis/Instagram

25. Crying Heart

Makeup artist Mei Pang only used Make Up For Ever's Color Sticks for this heartbreakingly stunning look.

<h1 class="title">Mei Pang Crying Heart halloween makeup costume.jpg</h1> <cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ4grWkB_9G/?taken-by=meicrosoft" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mei Pang" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mei Pang</a>/Instagram</cite>

Mei Pang Crying Heart halloween makeup costume.jpg

Mei Pang/Instagram

26. Pointilism

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.

<cite class="credit"><a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ13Dkfjqsp/?taken-by=erikamariemua" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Erika Marie" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Erika Marie</a>/Instagram</cite>
Erika Marie/Instagram

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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Miss Vulgar/Instagram

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