70 Halloween Makeup Ideas for Every Single Skill Level (Yes, Even Yours)

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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.

Try it with: Uoma Beauty Black Magic Carnival Face & Body Bronzing Highlighter

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.

Try it with: Lime Crime Unicorn Hair Semi-Permanent Hair Color Full Coverage

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.

✨Try it with: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Stadium Fever and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil in Freak

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.

✨Try it with: Juvia's Place The Berries Eyeshadow Palette and NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter

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.

✨Try it with: ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow in Ripple and Karizma Beauty Iridescent Crystal Face Gems

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?

✨Try it with: Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define

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.

✨Try it with: Aesthetica Cosmetics Cream Contour and Highlighting Makeup Kit

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?

✨Try it with: Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Cream Lipstick in Violette

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.

✨Try it with: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in On Fire Red

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.

✨Try it with: Narrative Cosmetics 12 Color Zombie Alcohol Activated Makeup Palette for Special Effects

39. This headless woman Halloween makeup

Umm, I'm uncomfortable by how real this looks. Gore aside, I'm really into the smokey eye and perfect winged liner in this makeup tutorial.

✨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

A lot of blush, a white wig, and falsies make this Halloween look so on-point.

✨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

You can never go wrong with a cute cat makeup look for Halloween. Also, I wasn't aware that I wanted a pair of neon-green contacts until right now?

✨Try it with: Jacque Mgido Cosmetics Long-Lasting Waterproof Eye & Brow Liner Pen

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).

✨Try it with: Nyx Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Alien

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.

✨Try it with: Kraze FX Fundamentals Professional 12 Color Face Paint Palette

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).

✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Rigid Collodion with Brush for Special Effects

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.

✨Try it with: YMH Beaute Highly Pigmented Eyeshadow Palette in Rockies Sunset

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.

✨Try it with: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick in Concrete Jungle

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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