10 easy Halloween makeup looks guaranteed to wow
Forget a costume, let your makeup steal the show
By Kate Niven
Beauty Crew Beauty Writer / October 26 2016
Halloween is just around the corner but if you’ve failed to organise a killer costume and are stressing about what or who to go as, fear not! Take inspiration from these simple yet showstopping makeup looks.
We have a feeling no Halloween party will be complete this year without at least one person paying homage to Margot Robbie’s Suicide Squad character. Our top tips for recreating Poppy Delevingne’s Harley look from last year is to apply a full coverage foundation in a shade many, many tones lighter than your natural skin colour, add a soft wash of blue and pink eyeshadow underneath the lower corner of the eyes and pick up some blue and pink hair chalk. We’d recommend giving Fudge Urban Colour Hair Art a go.
Sandy from Grease
The best thing about recreating Sandy’s iconic look, like Gigi Hadid has, is that nearly everyone owns a pair of tight black pants, an off-the-shoulder black top and a leather jacket. Once you’ve nailed your wardrobe, simply curl your hair into tight ringlets, blend an intense smoky eye and apply a shiny red lipstick like Maybelline New York Color Sensational Color Elixir Lip Color in Signature Scarlett.
Half skeleton face
Applying a pretty and glamorous makeup look on one side of the face and a dramatic and scary look on the other works as an incredibly effective Halloween makeup look for those of us who don’t feel like rocking a costume this year. For this look by YouTuber pollyanneb, simply apply your makeup like you would normally on one side and go nuts with a thick black eyeliner like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil on the other.
Snapchat rainbow filter
Another great Halloween look for those wanting to wow is the Snapchat rainbow filter. For this look all you’ll need is a bright pink blush, we’d suggest L’Oreal Paris True Match Blush in Sandalwood Pink, a white eye pencil and a selection of the new MAC Cosmetics Liptensity Lipstick shades (a collection of seriously rich pigmented lipsticks that have just launched) to recreate the colourful waterfall that flows from the lower lip and down the chest. If you want to see the full tutorial for this look, check out RCL Beauty 101’s video.
Donning a touch of animal print is always a failsafe Halloween option. To get the look, simply apply an elongated cat eye – we’d recommend using a felt-tip liquid eyeliner such as Rimmel London Colour Precise Eyeliner – and add whiskers, an animal nose and a scattering of ‘spots’ with a brown pencil eyeliner. Watch the full video on TrinaDuhra's YouTube.
If you and your girl squad are looking to coordinate costumes, why not follow Little Mix’s lead: chuck on a leather jacket and go nuts with the black face paint. The best thing about this look is you can paint a whole variety of shapes onto your face and people will still know who you’re dressed as, meaning you can go as intense or paired back as you feel like.
If scary is your Halloween go-to, this evil clown is a great look to copy. All you’ll need to pull it off is some basic contouring skills and a willingness to use up your red lip liner. To perfect the teeth you can either rely on a white eyeliner or pick up some white face paint to make the teeth stand out even more.
It’s an oldie but a goodie. To recreate Shay Mitchell’s vampire look, apply a black smoky eye and blend a red or burgundy shade throughout the crease and underneath the lower lash line, define your cheekbones with the same red shade and apply a deep red lip with a small trickle of blood dripping from the side of the mouth. If this look is a tad too intense for you, take inspiration from another one of Shay’s makeup looks, which is also perfect for Halloween.
Kate started working for BEAUTYcrew in early 2016, first as a contributor, and was then named Beauty Writer in 2017. She loves picking the brains of the industry's top experts to get to the bottom of beauty's toughest questions. Bronze eyeshadow palettes are her weakness and she's forever on the hunt for the perfect nude nail polish to suit her fair skin. Her words can also be found in Men's Health magazine, and she now works in PR.