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Halloween makeup ideas – where do you even start? Unless you’re a Heidi Klum-esque Halloween costume fanatic who has spent months putting together the perfect outfit, the chances are that more often than not you’ve ended up grabbing a long, black wig at the last minute and feebly attempted to pass yourself off as a witch.
But we have some really good news for anyone who wants to look both terrifying and amazing without spending every waking moment stressing about their look – there are some incredible Halloween makeup ideas out there, and even better, they’re very doable. Sure, you’ll probably have to commit to a bit of practice if you plan on bringing your ghoulish A-game, but it’ll all be worth it in the end when you get to the party and someone literally yelps in horror.
Take a look at what these make up artists have created for a bit of inspiration, team them with these incredible Halloween makeup tutorials and see if you can emulate their impressive Halloween makeup ideas.
Forget the typical hot witch get up. In a world full of Regina George’s, be a Kady Heron.
Halloween makeup ideas: Optical Illusion
If you really relish a makeup challenge, this surreal look by Claire Dim will make everybody at the party double-take. While it might take a little while to get it perfect, it’s a really unique look that we doubt many will be sporting. If anything, it gives that person you’ve been fluttering (multiple) eyelashes at a reason to gaze deeply in your eyes – even if they’re just trying to figure out where your real pair are. Check out her full tutorial below.
Halloween makeup ideas: demon
A classic demon is always a winner, and the horns are very reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty baddie, Malificent. With a lot of darker contouring, you can transform your face into that of a hollow, deadly creature, and teamed with razor sharp teeth painted over your mouth, you’ll be the scariest person at the party without even having to move a muscle.
Halloween makeup ideas: melting face/skull combo
If you’re not quite sure whether you want to commit to a full face, why not try one of the incredible melting face Halloween makeup ideas? Not only does it look creepily realistic, it also means that you still get to hold on to your cat-eye liner. And even if you’re not prepared to put this much work into it, you need to watch this artist’s video because it is truly mesmerising.
Halloween makeup ideas: vampire
While vampires have been an integral part of Halloween ever since we were little (who remembers wearing the pointed teeth retainers?), this is an edgy take on the classic costume. Think The Vampire Diaries meets Underworld meets Twilight, and you’re on the right track. Ditch the traditional black lipstick and opt for smudged red lips, complete with a face of smeared fake blood and finished off with wide black contact lenses.
Halloween makeup ideas: werewolf
There are endless cute and creepy Halloween makeup ideas out there, and this look really stands out thanks to the impressively intricate details. Statement brows, dark smokey eyes and a bold lip make this vampy take on a werewolf impossible to resist – no need to try and track down a Thriller-worthy mask after all.
Halloween makeup ideas: Barbie clown
For anyone who isn’t keen on embracing their truly dark side, there are still so many options to choose from. This pretty and pink sparkling clown is the perfect balance of feminine and pretty, with a Halloween twist. Perfect for someone who isn’t quite ready to ditch the fake eyelashes on October 31st.
Halloween makeup ideas: skull face
If you like the split-face Halloween makeup ideas, but you want to keep both eyes free your signature feline flick, then why not try this skull? It somehow manages to look both glamorous and ghastly, and love how effective the illusion looks. Very Jack Skellington, we must say.
Halloween makeup ideas: mermaid
Disney might have created The Little Mermaid as a loveable red-headed creature of the sea, but traditionally mermaids were benevolent beings, thought to cause storms, floods, and shipwrecks. Scaled skin created with iridescent powder and fishnet tights, eye gems and pointy false teeth will transform you into a genuinely terrifying Halloween partygoer.
Halloween makeup ideas: millennial witch
Witches these days don’t have green skin and pointy hats. This eerie monochrome Wiccan look is an excellent alternative to the usual witchy make up, and the painstakingly crafted brows and intricate forehead designs make this truly unique.
Halloween makeup ideas: pumpkin
Pumpkins don’t sound scary in the slightest. But a peeled-off face over a pumpkin – horrifying. The detail in this make up idea is incredible, and it definitely gives the squash plant a grown-up makeover. A flawless smokey eye teamed with the shaded in wrinkles creates the clever pull away technique that we all know and love. Double Halloween points for anyone who can do this.
Halloween makeup ideas: Game of Thrones
This year you’re likely to see hundreds of people copying Daenerys for their Halloween look. So why not put a clever spin on your favourite Game of Thrones character by creating this Mother of Dragons look – it’s subtle, but the iridescent scales and vampy lip make this look both simple and stunning.
Now you’ve seen all the Halloween makeup ideas, it’s up to you to nail it on the night. Best get practising…