Margeaux Baulch Klein
August 16, 2017 4:18 pm

When brainstorming Halloween ideas for this year, why not skip the itchy, polyester costume and just focus on your makeup instead?

With a bag full of cosmetics and a little bit of patience, you can transform yourself into an iconic movie character and be instantly recognizable as Marie Antoinette or even the Black Swan. Where better to get a little Halloween makeup inspo than from these iconic characters?

So if you’re looking to get your creative juices flowing, here are some Halloween makeup tutorials to inspire you.


This look from Kandee Johnson is all about hot pink lips and crazy, drawn on lashes. Life in plastic, it’s fantastic!

2Jessica Rabbit from Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

If you’re like us, when you hear “Jessica Rabbit,” your brain automatically thinks va va voom. However, while most people focus on Jessica’s body proportions in that tight sparkly dress, this makeup tutorial focuses on her super-high eyebrows, purple eyeliner and heart-shaped lips.

3Wonder Woman

Halloween 2017 is the perfect year to dress up as Wonder Woman. Thanks to Kandee Johnson’s tutorial, you can look like our favorite goddess/badass.

4Wednesday Addams from The Addams Family

Black lipstick and braids is so Wednesday Addams, and it makes for a perfect goth girl costume.

5Sandy from Grease!

On the total other end of the spectrum is wholesome-turned-sexpot Sandy from Grease! Recreate her end-of-movie, “Tell me about it, stud” look with this makeup tutorial from Claudia Di Iorio.

6Marie Antoinette

If you’re in the mood to heap on the makeup, then this Marie Antoinette makeup tutorial by Katelyn Jones will have you looking even more authentic than Kirsten Dunst did in Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette film.

7Black Swan

If “scary but glam” is the Halloween makeup idea you’re after, then this Black Swan tutorial by Kandee Johnson will have you looking to die for this Halloween!

8Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad

We can’t promise that this makeup tutorial by dope2111 will turn you into Margot Robbie, but it will make you look like a clown princess supervillian, and there’s no Halloween costume that can top that.

9Effie from The Hunger Games

Not a hero, and not quite a villain, Effie Trinket is still one of the most memorable characters in The Hunger Games, thanks to her futuristic makeup and hair. This makeup tutorial by Kandee Johnson captures the bananas look of Effie dead-on!

10The Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland

If you’ve ever wanted to draw your lipstick on in the shape of an actual heart (and who hasn’t after seeing Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland?), then this makeup tutorial by JaaackJack is about to make all of your Halloween dreams come true.

11Ursula from The Little Mermaid

This Ursula makeup tutorial will have you looking like the baddest sea witch around at your Halloween party. Because why would you want to be a regular witch when you could be a sea witch?