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Look, I don't mean to call you out, but considering you’ve worn cat makeup for the last, IDK, five Halloweens, it’s officially time to start planning out something special for 2021. And if you need some help to get into the spooky spirit—I know, I know, it's early—you’ve come to the right place. Ahead, I pulled together the 70 coolest, prettiest Halloween makeup tutorials that are perfect for every skill level—whether you’re a straight up newb who wants to spend 10 minutes max or you’re a legit pro who’s into special effects.
Trust me when I say these makeup ideas will have you seriously inspired for October 31, so buckle in and prepare to take notes.
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1. This alien Halloween makeup
Looking for something easy you can pull together at the last minute that isn't a cat or vampire? This alien makeup tutorial is a great option and it's genuinely easy. All you'll need is green eyeshadow, white eyeliner, and a couple basics (think: foundation, eyebrow pencil, etc.) to really nail this costume.
✨Try it with: Juvia's Place The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette
2. This mermaid skull makeup for Halloween
Half-face Halloween makeup is always one of my favorite costume ideas, thanks to the fact that you can go super OTT with one side of your face and more relaxed and chill with the other. This look combines pretty mermaid detailing with classic skull makeup for the ultimate Halloween vibe.
✨Try it with: Morphe 35S Sweet Oasis Artistry Palette
3. This lowkey Halloween makeup
Not down to go all out with your Halloween makeup? This glam tutorial is the perfect middle ground—you still get a couple spooky elements with the dark, vampy lip, but the sparkly smokey eye really softens it up a bit. The best part about this look is that it's super customizable, so don't be afraid to play around and make it your own.
✨Try it with: Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in Toni Purple
4. This Venom makeup for Halloween
If you're searching for something really impactful to wear this Halloween, you can't go wrong with this makeup tutorial inspired by the movie Venom. Heads up that this look will definitely take a few hours to complete—all that shading requires patience, ppl—but the payoff is beyond worth it. Don't forget to pick up a face paint palette before attempting this look yourself, alright?
✨Try it with: Charmcode Face Body Paint Oil
5. This cow Halloween makeup
It's no secret that cow print is everywhere right now, so why not take the trend to the next level with this Halloween makeup? You'll need a solid amount of face paint to recreate this look, along with a couple detailing brushes to get the edges of your spots super precise. And, IMO, the blue eyeshadow really gives the whole thing a glam vibe.
✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Paradise Face and Body Paint
6. This glittery makeup for Halloween
If you need a reason to bring out your prettiest eyeshadows and sparkliest glitter, consider this Halloween makeup tutorial it. Tons of gold glitter will really bring this makeup to new heights, so don't hold back. Bonus points for finishing off the whole look with a goddess-like costume to match.
7. This neon clown Halloween makeup
IDK about you, but I personally think there's something so freakin' pretty about this clown makeup for Halloween. I mean, the neon face paint and temporary hair color look so cool that you're basically guaranteed to stand out at your friend's party. This look definitely isn't for makeup newbs though, so make sure you watch the tutorial a couple times through before giving it a try.
8. This detached head Halloween makeup
Okay, even if special effects makeup isn't in your skillset, you have to admit that this Halloween makeup tutorial is ridiculously fun to watch. This YouTuber turns herself into a glam skull with a detached head, and the results are seriously impressive. Pro tip: You can even recreate elements of this Halloween costume (like, say, the glitzy face jewels and smokey eye) and still call it a look.
✨Try it with: BH Cosmetics Gem On Decorative Face & Body Jewels
9. This Catwoman makeup for Halloween
This is one of those makeup looks that will require a costume to match, so keep scrolling if you're looking for something more last-minute. If you're willing to plan out a whole ass mood though, you'll absolutely love this Catwoman makeup for Halloween, which combines a classic red lip with a sultry eyeshadow look.
✨Try it with: Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson
10. This pirate Halloween makeup
One of the easiest Halloween makeup ideas that isn't super played out already? Pirate makeup. It's got classic elements like smoked-out eyeshadow and inky black eyeliner, and it's v easy to customize to your exact vibe (and, IDK, the products you already have in your makeup bag). Don't forget the face jewels for a fun touch.
✨Try it with: Oasmu Halloween Face Jewels
11. This fairy Halloween makeup
My favorite thing about this fairy makeup tutorial is that it gives you an excuse to play around with the colors in your palettes that you usually ignore (think: neon greens, vibrant purples, the works). And even though this look has a few elements that are pretty ~out there~ (hiii, green eyebrows), the end result is super pretty.
12. This mad scientist Halloween makeup
TBH I just love how quirky this Halloween makeup is—like who else is going to show up to the party in a mad scientist costume? I mean, you're basically guaranteed to stand out. And thanks to the bold red lip and the subtle smokey eye, it's actually really cute too. BRB while I go start practicing this one now.
✨Try it with: Uoma Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipstick in Sade
13. This Euphoria 'Jules' Halloween makeup
Here's an idea: Go super meta this year by recreating Jules's costume from the Euphoria Halloween episode. The costume, which, BTW, is actually a nod to Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet, is all about red eyeshadow and hella glitter, so make sure you're fully stocked before giving it a try.
14. This Euphoria 'Maddy' Halloween makeup
You didn't think that was our only Euphoria makeup idea, right? An equally cute option, this makeup tutorial inspired by Euphoria's Maddy is so pretty you'll want to wear it year-round. I mean, is there anything cooler than holographic eyeshadow and rhinestone decals? Def not.
15. This glam makeup for Halloween
IMHO, mermaid Halloween makeup is never a bad idea. There are so many ways to interpret the look, whether you want to go super glam (like this tutorial) or more lowkey. I'm personally fan of the extra details in this costume, like the shiny purple lipstick and the holographic scales.
✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Rage
16. This Dua Lipa makeup for Halloween
This Halloween, I'm going all in with this Dua Lipa makeup tutorial, which perfectly nails the singer's sculpted brows, sparkly eyeshadow, and, obvs, signature hairstyle. Catch me rolling up to the Halloween party blasting "Don't Start Now." Like, Dua, is that you?
17. This last-minute Halloween makeup
I get it: Even if you start thinking about Halloween way in advanced, it's still hard to actually get your shit together by October 31. That's why I love how easy (and cute!) this last-minute Halloween makeup is. All you'll need is a black gel eyeliner, a neutral eyeshadow palette (preferably something with dark and smokey colors), and 10-ish minutes to watch the video. Easy enough.
✨Try it with: Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette
18. This Joe Exotic Halloween look
K, so it's not the ~sexiest~ Halloween makeup idea, but it's definitely the funniest. This Joe Exotic tutorial will leave you with a super-realistic Tiger King look (I mean, the amount of detail you can get with a cream contour and a skinny brush is kinda perfect). Just don't forget to finish the look off with a mullet wig and the right outfit.
19. This pumpkin Halloween makeup
Would this really be a Halloween makeup roundup without at least a few creepy-AF options? I like that this tutorial has a little bit of everything—it's got gore (the melted skin), color (the pumpkin detailing), and glam (the ultra-dramatic smokey eye). It def requires a decent amount of skill, so try watching the tutorial a couple times through before you get started.
✨Try it with: Snazaroo Classic Face and Body Paint in Orange
20. This Bratz doll makeup for Halloween
Looking for something more advanced? This Bratz doll-inspired makeup tutorial leaves you with huge, doll-like eyes, overly drawn lips, and rainbow-covered lids. It's equal parts pretty, creepy, and straight-up cool—so you know it's going to kill at your Halloween celebration.
✨Try it with: NYX Professional Makeup Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette
21. This clown Halloween makeup
Yes, everything about this halloween makeup tutorial is scary, but that red smokey eye is actually ridiculously pretty. The best of both (terrifying) worlds?
22. This Corpse Bride makeup look
The Corpse Bride is one of my all-time favorite movies, but I wouldn't even consider myself biased, because this halloween makeup tutorial is that good. Creamy face paint is essential to this look, so make sure you hit up your Halloween store (or, like, Amazon) before giving it a go.
✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Fantasy Fx Water Based Face and Body Paint
23. This Harley Quinn makeup for Halloween
Sure, Harley Quinn's makeup looks messy AF, but recreating her signature look actually takes skill (and some blue and red eyeshadow). This Halloween makeup tutorial lays out everything you'll need to become a member of the Suicide Squad by October 31.
✨Try it with: Makeup Revolution Reloaded Euphoria Palette
24. This fairy Halloween makeup tutorial
If scary, gory-as-hell Halloween makeup isn't totally your aesthetic, you need to bookmark this fairy tutorial right now. Highlighter, glitter, and more glitter will really take your costume to the next level.
✨Try it with: Nyx Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter in Lumi-Lite
25. This spider Halloween makeup
This spider Halloween makeup tutorial definitely requires a steady hand—and a thin face-paint brush—but the payoff is beyond cool. Oh, and that vampy lip should 100 percent be worn post-Halloween, too.
✨Try it with: Nicpro Micro Detail Paint Brush Set
26. This zombie Halloween makeup
This Halloween makeup tutorial is so spooky, you won't even need a costume. A makeup brush with a super-fine tip will help you get clean, precise lines (or shall I say, veins).
✨Try it with: Bdellium Tools Professional Eco-Friendly Makeup Brush
27. This Wednesday Addams makeup
I used to think Wednesday Addams was a cop-out costume, but this Halloween makeup tutorial has convinced me otherwise. Super-defined brows are crucial to this look, along with a ghost-white base and purple eyeshadow.
✨Try it with: Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit
28. This deer Halloween makeup tutorial
A cute upgrade from your usual cat costume, this deer Halloween makeup is sweet, subtle, and very easy to recreate. Make sure you finish off your makeup with white eyeliner on the inner corner of your eyes to really mimic the look.
✨Try it with: Nyx Professional Makeup Jumbo Eyeliner Pencil in Milk
29. This monster mouth Halloween makeup
Yes, this Halloween makeup is horrifying, but I legit can't look away. If that's the effect you're going for, prepare to take your sweet, sweet time with this epic tutorial (and maybe enlist a friend or two to give you a hand).
✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Special FX Kit
30. This bionic woman makeup tutorial
You'll need some solid patience (and, let's be real, skill) to follow this Halloween makeup tutorial, but the end result will be worth it. Like, if this is what the future looks like, count me in.
✨Try it with: Silver Metallic Cream Makeup Costume Accessory
31. This Khaleesi Halloween makeup
Did you glance at this YouTube tutorial and see Emilia Clarke? Yeah, same—that's how good it is. You’ll be slaying more than dragons with this fiery Halloween makeup.
✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo
32. This unicorn makeup for Halloween
A little unicorn dust never hurt anyone, right? Right. This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for anyone who isn't into blood and guts.
✨Try it with: Smith & Cult Glitter Shot All-Over Glitter Crush
33. This Snow White makeup tutorial
This Snow White makeup is guaranteed to be a hit at your friend's Halloween party. Consider yourself the fairest of them all with these candy-apple red lips.
34. This pop art Halloween makeup tutorial
This Halloween makeup is beyond realistic—recreate it and you'll legit look like you stepped out of a comic book.
✨Try it with: Charmcode Face and Body Painting Palette
35. This Pennywise Halloween makeup
In this version of It, Pennywise slays the children with her sharp cheekbones. What more could you ask for in a Halloween makeup routine?
✨Try it with: Sports Novelties Face Paint Stick
36. This Coraline Halloween makeup tutorial
This Halloween makeup tutorial takes inspiration from Coraline, which remains one of the scariest movies of all time IMHO. Nothing says creepy like a pair of button eyes and a skeletal chest.
✨Try it with: CC Beauty 3-Piece Set Professional Halloween Makeup Kit
37. This Little Red Riding Hood Halloween makeup
This Halloween makeup tutorial is your classic Little Red Riding costume, but edgier. Fake scars are a nonnegotiable for this look.
✨Try it with: Coobbar Halloween Zombie Scars Tattoos with Fake Scar
38. This broken doll look for Halloween
Caution: This face is fragile and must be handled with care. But seriously, how cool is this doll Halloween makeup? If painting isn't really your forte, you'll want to phone a friend for help with this one.
39. This headless woman Halloween makeup
✨Try it with: Kaja Wink Stamp Wing Eyeliner Stamp & Pen
40. This queen bee Halloween makeup
Perfectly executed face paint takes this queen bee Halloween makeup from cutesy to cool. And who doesn't love an excuse to wear black lipstick?
✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Midnight
41. This Frozen makeup tutorial for Halloween
✨Try it with: Iman Cosmetics Luxury Blushing Powder in Peace
42. This double vision Halloween makeup
No, your eyes aren't playing tricks on you—this Halloween makeup tutorial actually involves drawing a second face on your real face.
✨Try it with: The Lip Bar Vegan Liquid Matte Lipstick in Boy Trouble
43. This half-skull makeup tutorial
This half-skull makeup tutorial is equal parts sexy and spooky, and—with a little patience and attention to detail—totally doable on yourself.
✨Try it with: Mehron Skeleton Makeup Kit
44. This zombie queen Halloween makeup
Can't decide if you want to go regal or creepy this Halloween? Get yourself a look that does it all, like this zombie queen makeup.
✨Try it with: Smooth-On Ultimate Zombie Makeup Kit
45. This golden goddess Halloween makeup
Just because it's Halloween doesn't mean you need to put aside your love of highlighter. This Halloween makeup tutorial glow is everything.
✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit
46. This lioness Halloween makeup
Pro tip: Recreate this entire tutorial for Halloween, then copy the eye look for every other day of your life.
✨Try it with: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette
47. This cat makeup for Halloween
48. This gouged-out eyes Halloween makeup
This Halloween makeup tutorial is both amazing and nightmare-inducing. And, really, isn't that what Halloween is all about?
✨Try it with: CokoHappy Professional Modeling Wax Kit
49. This pin-up zombie Halloween makeup tutorial
Heads up: You’re going to need a whole lotta liquid latex (and probably an obsession with horror movies) to achieve this Halloween makeup look.
✨Try it with: Forum Novelties Liquid Latex
50. This snow angel Halloween makeup
This angel Halloween look is basically what I aspire to emulate on a daily basis. I mean, look at her frosted lids.
✨Try it with: Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil
51. This werewolf look for Halloween
Animal Halloween costumes don't need to be cute, okay? Proof: This werewolf makeup tutorial, which is the perfect excuse to take your look to spookier heights.
✨Try it with: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Last Night
52. This vampire Halloween makeup tutorial
If you want to be the scariest person at your Halloween party, you need to recreate this vampire makeup tutorial. Costume or not, your look is bound to give everyone the creeps (in the best way possible, obvi).
53. This melting Barbie Halloween makeup
There's definitely something a little sad about destroying your makeup after you've taken two hours to execute it, but it's all in the spirit of Halloween, right? This Barbie makeup tutorial is so bad, it’s good.
✨Try it with: Beauty Bakerie Cotton Candy Champagne Blush Palette
54. This tiger makeup for Halloween
Nope, this isn't your basic animal-ear Halloween costume. This tiger makeup tutorial leaves you with a super-realistic look.
55. This rainbow zipper Halloween makeup
Everything about this Halloween makeup tutorial is terrifying, but the rainbow face paint lightens up the mood...a bit.
✨Try it with: TAG Body Art Split Cake in Pearl Rainbow Delight
56. This mermaid Halloween makeup
Not all Halloween makeup tutorials require professional-level artistry. Although these mermaid scales look super intricate, they're actually made with a very-easy hack that involves fishnet tights.
✨Try it with: Weanmix Fishnet Tights Stockings Thigh High
57. This glam zombie makeup for Halloween
This is maybe an unpopular opinion, but I find this zombie makeup tutorial to be so scary yet so pretty at the same time. Consider your Halloween costume aced.
✨Try it with: Graftobian Blood Gel
58. This stitched mouth Halloween makeup
Are those real tears? Because this Halloween makeup looks like it, well, really hurt. Don't worry: Those painful-looking wires are actually made out of silk.
✨Try it with: Black Opal Soft Velvet Finishing Powder
59. This half-skull Halloween makeup
This skull makeup is the perfect last-minute Halloween costume. Your makeup really carries the look, so you won't even need to worry about what you're wearing.
✨Try it with: Amscan Black and White Makeup Kit
60. This fake scar tutorial for Halloween
This is an easy tutorial for beginners, especially because it takes less than two minutes to draw a scar that looks super realistic (thanks to Mehron Rigid Collodion, which makes fake-scar application way easier).
61. This Batwoman Halloween makeup
The best part about this Halloween makeup tutorial is that you paint your mask (which is glittery, btw), so you won't need to keep track of your costume accessories at that crowded party.
✨Try it with: Moon Glitter Holographic Face & Body Glitter Gel
62. This Queen of Hearts Halloween makeup
It’s all about nailing the skinny-brow look and heart-shaped lips with this Halloween makeup tutorial.
✨Try it with: Clinique Superfine Liner for Brows
63. This demon Halloween makeup tutorial
Full disclosure: I literally gasped when I watched this Halloween makeup tutorial. If you're going for the fear factor, you'll want to take notes on this one.
✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Palette
64. This Poison Ivy Halloween makeup
Who knew green eyeliner and red eyebrows could look inspiration-worthy? This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for anyone who wants to feel on-theme and pretty.
✨Try it with: Juvia's Place Afrique Eyeshadow Palette
65. This Cheshire Cat makeup for Halloween
The ideal combination of cute and scary, this cheshire cat Halloween makeup will definitely blow last year's costume out of the water.
66. This Betty Boop Halloween makeup
This Halloween makeup tutorial will pair excellently with that strapless red dress you've been meaning to wear (or, like, buy).
✨Try it with: Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso
67. This moonchild Halloween makeup tutorial
This makeup tutorial is the reason I wish Halloween was a monthly thing. That gray lipstick is so damn cool.
68. This bunny Halloween makeup
Nope, this isn't your average bunny costume. Next-level face paint makes this Halloween makeup stand out among the rest.
✨Try it with: Imagine Professional Cosmetics Face Body Paint
69. This two-face Halloween makeup look
Not sure if you want to go full out this Halloween or keep it casual? Get the best of both worlds with this epic two-face makeup tutorial.
✨Try it with: CokoHappy Stipple Sponges + Fake Scab Blood
70. This holographic mermaid Halloween makeup
Mermaids will never go out of style, and this so-pretty Halloween makeup tutorial is worth relying on year after year.
✨Try it with: Huda Beauty Lip Strobe Metallic Gloss in Mystical
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