Halloween makeup tutorials

Halloween makeup tutorials, from the super spooky to the super easy

October 31st can't come quickly enough...

Halloween is over a month away, but kids it’ll creep up on us like a weird stalker. Which means that it’s time to start practicing your scariest looks now. Don’t be lame and pick up a bottle of fake blood and a crap wig, be bold and use our handy Halloween makeup tutorials to wow people.

Here are just a few of our favourite halloween makeup ideas and the steps it takes to re-create them. Once you’ve figured out what you’re doing with your makeup, why not take a cue from the A-listers and check out our celebrity Halloween costumes gallery?

Carnival Skull Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Kiko Milano has put together an easy Halloween tutorial for a spooky festival-style skull.

Step 1. Prep the skin, then mattify and even out the skin using Matte Face Base. Then apply a base; even out your complexion using Full Coverage 2-in-1 Foundation & Concealer and set with powder.

Step 2. Define cheekbones, jaws and temples using blusher – Kiko recommends Smart Colour Blush 10. Fix the whole thing with setting spray.

Step 3. Now the fun starts: using the Ultimate Pen Eyeliner, draw the floral elements shown from cheekbones to the corner of the lips. Then, draw small circles and the floral elements onto the forehead, and the upside down heart on the nose.

Halloween Makeup Tutorials KIKO

Step 4. Fill in the flower on the chin and forehead using Intense Colour Long Lasting Eyeliner in 12 and 02. Then, fill the circles using Lasting Precision Automatic Eyeliner and Kohl 03, fixed with High Pigment Wet and Dry Eyeshadow in 52. Lastly, fill the heart with Wet and Dry Eyeshadow 21.

Step 5. Next, it’s on to the eyes. Be sure to prep the lids using an eye base first, then blend High Pigment Eyeshadow 44 on the lids. Apply shadow to the base of the lid and blend up to the brow arch. Blend Wet and Dry 21 in the inner corner of the eye, then apply following the brow shape and along the lower part of the lid.

Step 6. Apply Lasting Precision Automatic Eyeliner and Kohl 16 in the waterline.

Step 7. Draw circles above the eyebrow and fill with High Pigment Wet & Dry in shades 21, 44 and 52. Then, starting from the nose, draw little dots using Long Lasting Eyeliner Shade 12.

Step 8. Emphasise the eyes using a volumising and defining mascara like Ultra Tech + Volume and Definition.

Step 9. Apply Double Touch 109 colour to the lips, then draw vertical lines using Creamy Colour Comfort Lip Liner 325. Et voilà!

Bride of Frankenstein Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Now, this is a wedding we want an invite to. The hair is what really makes this look, so think volume for days and get ready to backcomb. Our beauty expert Natalie achieved the character’s signature white stripes by spraying two locks of hair with temporary hair dye, before moving onto white foundation to achieve an undead look. If you were ever looking for an excuse to bust out your dark shades of lipstick, this is it.

Killer Clown Halloween Makeup Tutorials

If you ever wanted to nail killer clown makeup then look no further. We’ve enlisted the help of Alice Bizarre, a special FX makeup artist, who helped us create an easy-to-follow but terrifying scary killer clown. Loosely inspired by the one from American Horror Story: Freakshow, we’re sure this is a look that’ll freak out all your friends.

Zombie Halloween Makeup Tutorial

A zombie is a brilliant look to have in your Halloween repertoire. You can take absolutely anything and add zombie as a prefix to it. Why not be a zombie bride? Or a zombie doctor? How about a zombie Lindsay Lohan? Ok, we know she’s not dead but it still sort of works?

If you are going to zombie yourself up this Halloween then make sure you adhere to the following; your zombie makeup must be accompanied by an upward eye roll to create an authentic zombie appeal. You have to practice and hone your zombie noises before the big day. And above all, make sure you practice the all-important zombie walk.

Pair the above with your awesome makeup and witty costume choices, and you’ll look pretty epic. Which, after all, is the point of Halloween fancy dress.

Go forth and be scary.

Vampire Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Why not merge scary with sexy and vamp up your look this Halloween? Not only will you look frightfully fantastic, but the vampire look is also a great last minute make-over option.

Illamasqua came to our rescue with this very look last year, when they popped by Marie Claire HQ to give some very keen staffers a full Halloween makeover treat. That highlight! That glittery lip! Thank the makeup Gods (Illamasqua that is) for this vampy look.

Easy Halloween Makeup Tutorials

While we all love Halloween, getting your costume sorted in time can be more of a faff than fun. If you’re finding yourself without a costume this October 31st then fear not, all you need is your makeup bag.

Stuck for makeup inspiration? Well you’re in luck, the beauty team at Christian Louboutin have teamed up with makeup artist Laura Jenkinson to create three unique looks for you try at home. Each focusing on just the lips, the looks could not be easier to recreate, and we’ve got all the step-by-steps to make it even easier.

The only questions that remains is which one will you plump for this Saturday? The creepy blood-bitten vampire, the spooky spider, or the slightly terrifying hand?

Halloween ‘Hand On Face’ Look

Hand On Face Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Step 1. Apply the outline of the look onto cheek and lips to get the correct placement on the face, and to ensure that you have a solid design to follow.

Step 2. Start filling in the ‘hole’ sections with a black face paint, tracing black liner to outline fingers and indentation marks. Then continue to fill in the fingers with a really light shade to shadow/highlight in correct places to give a 3D effect.

Step 3. Finally, use a red lipstick for the finger nails and matching lips.

Halloween Vampire Makeup Look

Vampire Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Step 1. Using the best lipstick, apply the colour liberally to lips.

Step 2. Create two ‘fangs’ by folding white paper in to the shape of a triangle, this will hold in your mouth when tucked under lips.

Step 3. Finish by dribbling a touch of fake blood from the corner of your mouth and dab on to ‘fangs’ for a ‘just bitten’ look!

Halloween Spider Makeup Look

Spider Halloween Makeup Tutorials

Step 1. Trace the outline of the spider over lips and onto chin and cheek using a thin liquid eyeliner pen.

Step 2. Fill in the body of the spider with a black colour or dark lip colour.

Step 3. Highlight the spider with splashes of white to create a 3D effect and paint lips.

Step 4. Draw the shadow of the spider underneath using a brush and a grey eyeshadow for a 3D effect.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Now bust out those make up bags and get to work.

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