Here at HG, we believe it’s never too early to start planning your Halloween costume. We love dreaming up the creepiest (and cutest!) looks, hunting for the perfect thrift-store finds, and plotting out how we’ll make it to every Halloween party on our list. But if you’re someone who hates costumes, allow us to offer an alternative: Easy, DIY Halloween makeup that is so good, it’s a costume all on its own.
Whether you’re headed to a party, taking your kids (or a friend’s kids) trick-or-treating, or hosting a bash at your home, creative — but easy-to-achieve — Halloween makeup is one of our favorite ways to get dolled up for the spooky night without having to shop for a whole new outfit.
Ahead, find tutorials for four of our favorite, easy Halloween makeup looks.
Mermaids are everywhere right now, from our beach bags to our breakfast tables, so it should come as no surprise that this mermaid makeup look (courtesy of Cosmo) landed at the top of our Halloween makeup list.
To achieve this look, you’ll need:
- Fishnet stockings
- Blue, green, and bronze/gold eyeshadow
- Blue eyeliner
- Shimmering powder
- Water in a spritz bottle
- Eyeshadow brushes
Step 1: Start by pulling one leg of a fishnet over your head, covering about half your face.
Step 2: Spritz some water on your temple to ensure your mermaid eyeshadow adheres to your skin.
Step 3: Using a shadow brush, dust blue then green eyeshadow across your temple, over top of your fishnets, to create a scale effect. Then, dust shimmering powder over that to create a reflective scale effect.
Step 4: Apply bronze or gold eyeshadow to your lids, and line your upper lip with a bright blue eyeliner. Finish off the look with mascara, and you’re done!
This option is great for the office Halloween party, because you’ll still look somewhat presentable if you wind up in a meeting with the CEO.
The video above offers an awesome, in-depth tutorial that involves contouring, but if you’re looking for a quick and dirty giraffe how-to, keep reading.
- Primer or foundation
- Brown eyebrow pencil or eyeliner
- Black liquid eyeliner
- Eyeshadow brush
Step 1: Apply primer or foundation all over your face and neck to help keep your makeup in place.
Step 2: Using your brown pencil, fill in your brows and extend the inner line of your eyebrow down onto the bridge of your nose, giving your face a more animalistic look.
Step 3: Take that same brown pencil and use it to create trapezoids and irregular shapes on your cheeks, temples, and down onto your neck, using your eyeshadow brush to fill in the shapes and smooth out any sharp pencil lines.
Step 4: Create a cat eye shape on your upper lids with your liquid liner, extending the line down from the inner corner of your eye to create that giraffe effect. Apply mascara to finish off the look.
Step 5: You can stop at this point, but if you have a white pencil on hand, you can apply it beneath your giraffe “spots” and gently blend to give the spots more dimension.
3. David Bowie
If you’re still mourning the late, great David Bowie (aren’t we all) pay tribute to the musical hero with this simple DIY makeup look from Camille Styles. For extra credit, hit Goodwill and piece together a full-on Ziggy Stardust ensemble.
What you’ll need:
- Blue and black eyeliner
- Red lipstick
- Angled brush
Step 1: To begin, tie back your hair and apply foundation over your whole face.
Step 2: Using a tissue to create a straight line, apply red lipstick from near your hairline across your cheek (but not on your eyelid) to create a lightning bolt shape. You may want to “sketch” this out first using a lip pencil. Fill in the lightning bolt using red lipstick, holding the tissue tightly to create that straight line. Fold and replace the tissue as needed to ensure you don’t smudge your face.
Step 3: Dust blush over the red-lipstick bolt to help it set — using a shimmering powder or sparkly blush will help to create dimension and shine.
Step 4: Use your black eyeliner to create a line down one side of the lipstick lightning bolt; use a tissue or cotton swab to clean up any mistakes.
Step 5: Use the blue eyeliner to make a thicker line next to the black line, cleaning it up where necessary. Use your angled brush and concealer to straighten out any wobbly lines.
Step 6: Apply red lipstick to your lips, and doll up the rest of your face as you see fit (perhaps a few coats of mascara or some shimmering powder on your exposed cheek), but be sure to keep things simple.
4. Marionette doll
This look is creepy AF, and paired with an all-black outfit, it’s sure to have your friends shuddering in (mock) horror.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Black eyeliner
- White eyeliner
- Black eyeshadow
- Giant fake lashes
- Red lipstick
Step 1: Apply foundation over your whole face.
Step 2: Using your finger, apply concealer over your eyebrows to cover them completely (or as best you can!).
Step 3: Create your doll eyebrows using black eyeliner, by drawing a thin, curved line above your eyebrows.
Step 4: Grab your white eyeliner and line your waterline, then extend that out to create a crescent moon shape beneath your lower lid.
Step 5: Use black eyeliner to line beneath the white crescent moon, cleaning up the shape with a cotton swab.
Step 6: Next, fill your whole upper lid with black eyeliner, from the lash line up to the top of the lid.
Step 7: Brush black eyeshadow over the liner, then extend the shadow up towards your natural brow, creating a heavy upper eye. Use a cotton swab to blend.
Step 8: Apply big, false lashes to your lower lid, and attach another set of false lashes to the middle of your upper lid (rather than along your lash line).
Step 9: Using red lipstick, create round apples of blush on your cheeks, then apply the same lip color to your lips.
Step 10: Finish off the look by drawing two lines down from the corners of your mouth to your chin to create that creepy marionette look.
Happy Halloween, DIY queens!