Stephanie Hallett
Updated August 28, 2017 10:40 am

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.

1. Mermaid

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
  • Mascara
  • 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!

2. Giraffe