These Easy Cat Halloween Makeup Ideas Are Next-Level

Michella Oré
·6 min read

Halloween is basically around the corner, and if you're still looking for costume ideas, why not consider a classic: cat Halloween makeup.

There's a reason the costume tops the charts year after year as one of the most popular Halloween makeup ideas. It's simple on its own, but with so many variations to explore, you can easily turn this costume into a look that's all your own. Even better, you likely already have most of the products needed to whip up some quick whiskers. We love a convenient transformation.

From basic renditions to costumes more fitting for Instagram, we've rounded up our favorite cat Halloween makeup ideas and tutorials to try this year. Grab your black eyeliner and let's get started.

1. Classic Cat

Got 10 minutes to spare and some black liquid liner laying around? Great! You've got what you need for a classic black cat Halloween costume. There are plenty of variations on what you can do with your eye makeup—smoky eyes, cat eye liner—but it's impossible to go wrong with black and gold as your palette. Add some black lipstick and a pair of cat ears and you're done.

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

$22.00, Amazon

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Pat McGrath Labs Eyedols Eye Shadow

$25.00, Sephora

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CoverGirl Exhibitionist Lipstick Metallic

$7.00, Amazon

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Merroyal Glitter Cat Ears Headband

$8.00, Amazon

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2. Dreamy Cat

Soft lines and bold blush make for the dreamiest take on cat Halloween makeup you'll ever see. A touch of white perfectly brightens up the look without being overpowering. Finish the look off with a pearl cat-ear headband to play up the prettiness.

Huda Beauty The New Nude Eyeshadow Palette

$65.00, Sephora

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Sugarpill Liquid Lip Color

$18.00, Ulta

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KVD Dagger Tattoo Liner Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

$21.00, Sephora

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Attitude Studio Pearl Cat Ears Headband

$11.00, Amazon

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3. Pretty in Pink

If you want to play with color but still want to keep the amount of work you have to put in minimal, try a color-blocked look with bright pink accents. Add a few spots on your eyelids—or leopard-print cat ears—for a cute and playful twist.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

$20.00, Ulta

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NYX Epic Wear Semi Permanent Eye & Body Liquid Liner

$12.00, Look Fantastic

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Violet Voss Sakura Blossom Palette

$42.00, Violet Voss

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Anna Belen Felina Leopard Print Cat Ears Headband

$15.00, Amazon

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4. Lifelike Cat

With a face full of fur and electric green colored contacts, this cat costumes begs to be seen. Cop the look with some dramatic cat eye makeup, and use a soft pencil eyeliner to draw realistic hair-like strokes around your hair and jawlines.

Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation

$48.00, Sephora

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Tarte Shape Tape Glow Wand

$25.00, Ulta

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Lancome Grandiose Bendable Liquid Eyeliner

$32.00, Sephora

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Lancôme Drama Liqui-Pencil Longwear Eyeliner

$23.00, Lancôme

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5. Witchy Cat

Spend a lot of time on WitchTok? This is the black cat costume for you. Red and black play so well together—particularly if you use colored hairspray for a two-toned look. We also love how the blogger here softened the contrast between the two shades with an equally flattering light pink blush and eyeshadow.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette Volume 2

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NYX Epic Wear Semi Permanent Eye & Body Liquid Liner

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6. Sparkle Cat

Who said cats can't sparkle? Just look at those bejeweled eyes. Try pairing your favorite iridescent glitter with a sharp black wing and thick pair of false eyelashes.

Juvia's Place I Am Magic Concealer

$14.00, Ulta

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Juvia's Place The Nubian Loose Highlighter

$14.00, Ulta

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette

$45.00, Sephora

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Sephora Colorful Wink-It Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner

$14.00, Sephora

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7. Ethereal Cat

Blurred lipstick and fluffy lashes make for a delicate, fairytale cat look. The makeup here is cute enough to actually wear past Halloween.

Wet n Wild Photo Focus Eyeshadow Primer

$5.49.00, Ulta

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Lancôme Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused-Mascara Primer

$26.5.00, Sephora

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8. Bright Fuchsia Cat

It's showtime. Forget the black, fuchsia (with a dab of purple) is center-stage in this colorful look.

Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter

$39.00, Sephora

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Melt Cosmetics Lipstick

$19.00, Sephora

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9. Wide Cat Eyes

Go literal with the phrase cat eye and overdraw your lower lash line to mimic the look of a bright-eyed kitten. This is one look where you'll want to lay the white eyeliner or face paint on thick for maximum effect.

KVD Vegan Beauty Super Pomade Eyeliner

$20.00, KVD Vegan Beauty

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

$25.00, Sephora

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10. Ombré Lip

There's always room for an ombré lip, let this Halloween cat makeup idea remind you. Grab your juiciest red lipstick and black liner to create this show stopping combo.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation

$43.00, Sephora

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Mac Viva Glam 2 Lipstick

$19.00, Ulta

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11. Technicolor Cat

Got a little extra time on your hand? This Halloween costume is like Lisa Frank come to life. Tap into a fantastical world where rainbow kittens have the perfect cut-crease and futuristic highlights.

Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Lipstick

$38.00, Pat McGrath Labs

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Huda Beauty Mercury Retrograde Eyeshadow Palette

$67.00, Huda Beauty

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12. Cheshire Cat

Disney stans, this one is for you. Make like the Cheshire cat from Alice in Wonderland with vibrant purple face paint and a huge, toothy grin.

NYX Brights Ultimate Shadow Palette

$18.00, Ulta

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NYX Worth The Hype Colored Mascara

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13. Mod Cat

Did you know cats could smize? Draw a thick lash line a little further down from your bottom lid to create a runway-ready feline—with chiseled cheekbones and all.

IT Cosmetics Superhero No-Tug Gel Eyeliner

$22.00, Sephora

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Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion

$24.00, Sephora

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14. Glam Cat

If Insta makeup is your thing, you'll have no problem pulling off this absurdly glamorous take on cat Halloween makeup. Pair cut crease glittery gold eyes with a matching two-tone lip and a ton of highlighter.

Pat McGrath Labs Mega Mothership: Celestial Divinity Eyeshadow Palette

$78.00, Sephora

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Fenty Beauty Full Frontal Volume, Lift & Curl Mascara

$24.00, Sephora

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15. Space Jungle

And if a regular cat is too basic for you? That's where this look comes in. Grab your face paints (blue, white, and black should do the trick) and let Heidi Klum know that you're ready and willing to graciously accept an invite to her Halloween party. (Virtual, of course.)

NYX Professional Makeup SFX Face And Body Paint

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NYX Professional Makeup Slide On Eye Pencil

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Michella Oré is an editorial assistant at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @michellaor.

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