The time of Halloween is perfect for so many reasons but we are not here to talk about the cozy vibes, great movies, candy, or autumn. We are here to talk about the Halloween makeup; it’s that time of the year when you can get really creative with your makeup.
However, the pressure of choosing specific looks for Halloween sometimes can make you feel pressured, so we are to help you out and narrow the options for you a little bit while still giving you plenty of options to choose from. Let’s take a look together on these Halloween makeup ideas.
1. ‘80s Makeup
You can always go back to the classics, the 1980s were a vibrant and eclectic era, and Halloween makeup during this time reflected the bold and dynamic spirit of the decade the good thing about the ‘80s makeup is that you have so many options to choose from.
So, here are some ’80s-inspired Halloween makeup ideas:
Embrace the neon trend of the ’80s with bold and bright colors. Use neon eyeshadows, vivid blush, and electric lipstick to create an eye-catching, vibrant look.
Don’t be afraid to go overboard with colors like hot pink, electric blue, and lime green.
Channel the punk rock energy of the ’80s for your inspiration. Opt for dramatic eyeliner, craft a smoky and intense eye makeup appearance, and select a rich, dark lipstick to embody an edgy and rebellious style.
Add faux piercings, like nose rings or lip rings, using makeup or small props for an edgy punk vibe.
Channel the New Wave music movement with bold geometric shapes and asymmetrical designs.
Use contrasting colors and sharp lines to create a futuristic and avant-garde makeup look. Think about incorporating metallics and unconventional patterns.
Take a cue from Madonna’s iconic ’80s style. Emphasize bold eyebrows, shimmery eyeshadow, and glossy, brightly colored lips. Don’t forget the beauty mark on your cheek for that extra touch of glamour.
Bring out your inner rockstar with dramatic, glam metal-inspired makeup. Think heavy metal band members with smoky eyes, metallic eyeshadow, and perhaps even some glitter. Add studs or rhinestones for an extra dose of glam.
Draw inspiration from the ’80s fitness craze. Utilize pastel hues, particularly shades of pink and blue, to craft a vibrant and sporty appearance.
Consider adding a headband and leg warmers to complete the aerobics instructor aesthetic.
2. Barbie Makeup
The Barbie movie left us all stunned and well, influenced by all of the pink, even though I’ve never realized that I like pink but now I am obsessed, and honestly so should you.
Transforming into Barbie for Halloween can be a fun and glamorous endeavor. Here’s a step-by-step guide for Barbie-inspired makeup:
Begin by ensuring your face is clean and well-moisturized. Achieve a seamless finish by applying a foundation that complements your skin tone.
To emulate Barbie’s polished look, employ concealer to conceal any imperfections and attain a smooth complexion.
Barbie is known for her rosy cheeks. Apply a pink blush to the apples of your cheeks for that youthful and doll-like glow.
Add subtle contouring to enhance your facial features. Focus on defining your cheekbones, jawline, and nose for a sculpted look.
Barbie’s eyes often feature bright and shimmery eyeshadow. Opt for pastel shades like pinks, blues, or purples. Apply a light color on the lid and a slightly darker shade in the crease for dimension.
Create a classic Barbie eyeliner look with a bold wing. Extend the wing slightly for a dramatic effect. Use a liquid or gel eyeliner for precision.
We all know Barbie for her fluttering long eyelashes. Enhance your lashes by applying multiple coats of mascara to add length and volume. Consider using false eyelashes for an even more dramatic effect.
Define your eyebrows with a pencil or powder. Keep them neat and arched for a polished appearance.
Barbie’s signature look often includes pink lips. Choose a vibrant pink lipstick or lip gloss to achieve that doll-like pout.
To emulate Barbie’s full lips, you can slightly overline your lips with a lip liner. Be subtle to maintain a natural look.
3. The Corpse Bride
If you saw the corpse bride then I am pretty sure that you’re in love with Emily, I mean she was the prettiest girl in town and even after she died she was still so stunning somehow, and if you didn’t see the corpse bride, then you really should it’s a classic Halloween movie and it’s great.
Transforming into the Corpse Bride for Halloween involves capturing the eerie yet enchanting essence of the character from Tim Burton’s animated film.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for the Corpse Bride makeup:
Begin with a pale foundation or face paint to achieve the undead, bluish tone characteristic of the Corpse Bride. Apply evenly across your face and neck.
Apply a cool-toned, blue-gray eyeshadow strategically to sculpt your face. Sweep the eyeshadow into the hollows of your cheeks, along the sides of your nose, and around your temples to achieve a sunken and ethereal effect.
Emphasize the hollow look of the Corpse Bride’s eyes with dark eyeshadow. Extend the eyeshadow slightly below your lower lash line to give the illusion of deep-set eyes.
The Corpse Bride has a distinct, skeletal nose. Use gray or black face paint or eyeshadow to draw thin lines on each side of your nose, creating a skeletal nose effect.
Apply a vibrant blue eyeshadow to your eyelids, extending it slightly beyond the outer corners of your eyes. Blend well for a seamless finish.
Enhance your eyes with long, exaggerated false eyelashes. Opt for lashes with a slightly spiky or uneven pattern to mimic the Corpse Bride’s haunting gaze.
Line your eyes with dark eyeliner, extending the line into a subtle wing for added drama.
Paint your lips with blue lipstick or face paint to match the Corpse Bride’s distinctive lip color.
Use a fine brush and black face paint or eyeliner to draw stitches on your lips, replicating the stitched-up appearance of the Corpse Bride’s mouth.
4. Classic Witch Makeup
This is one of the classics that never gets old, creating a witch-inspired makeup look allows for a diverse range of interpretations, from classic and spooky to glamorous and mystical.
Here’s a versatile guide for a witch makeup look:
Begin with a pale foundation or face paint to give your skin an otherworldly and mysterious quality.
Enhance the drama by using darker shades to contour your cheekbones, nose, and jawline. This adds depth and a slightly sinister edge to the overall look.
Add mystical symbols or subtle markings with face paint or eyeliner to enhance the magical aspect of your witch persona.
Opt for dark, smokey eyeshadow shades like deep purples, blacks, or greens to create an intense and alluring gaze.
Emphasize your eyes with a bold eyeliner. You can create a classic cat-eye or experiment with more dramatic, geometric shapes for a mystical touch.
Consider adding colored contact lenses, such as ones with a supernatural hue like bright green or eerie white, to enhance the mystical feel.
Choose a dark lipstick color, such as deep red, plum, or black, for a bewitching pout.
Create an ombre effect by applying a darker shade on the outer corners of your lips and blending it into a lighter shade toward the center.
If you want to go for a classic witch look, you can contour your nose to appear slightly hooked or crooked.
Style your hair in loose, tousled waves, or go for a sleek, straight look. Add accessories like a wide-brimmed hat, a headband with a pointed hat shape, or even a witchy crown.
5. Sally Makeup
Transforming into Sally, the stitched-up ragdoll from Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” is harder to make than the corpse bride because half of that girl’s face is eyes and the other half is stitches which are easy to do, and it requires careful attention to detail.
Here’s a guide for a Sally-inspired makeup look:
Start with a pale foundation or face paint to emulate Sally’s stitched and porcelain appearance.
Use fine-tipped black eyeliner or face paint to draw stitches on your face. These stitches should resemble the seams that hold Sally together. Draw them around your eyes, mouth, and other facial features.
Add shading to create the illusion of depth and dimension. Use a blue or gray eyeshadow to contour areas where Sally’s features may appear recessed, such as around the eyes and nose.
Sally has large, expressive eyes. Emphasize this by using black eyeliner to create a bold outline around your eyes. Extend the eyeliner slightly at the outer corners to achieve a more cartoonish look.
Apply patches of colorful eyeshadow around the eyes, using shades of blue, purple, and gray to mimic Sally’s stitched appearance.
Enhance the doll-like effect by adding long, spiky false eyelashes to both upper and lower lash lines.
Draw stitches on your lips using the same black eyeliner or face paint. This creates the illusion that Sally’s mouth is stitched shut.
Apply a dark lipstick (purplish) or lip stain to complete the stitched and animated look. Make sure to blend the color for a more natural appearance.
6. Euphoria’s Makeup
“Euphoria,” the popular television series, is known for its bold and artistic makeup looks that reflect the characters’ individuality and the show’s vibrant aesthetic, what’s so great about Euphoria’s makeup is that it’s kind of just a regular makeup but with a lot of glitter so what’s not to love.
Here’s a guide to achieving a makeup look inspired by “Euphoria”:
Start with a flawless base using a high-coverage foundation or concealer to achieve a smooth and even complexion.
“Euphoria” makeup often features glitter and gem embellishments. Apply glitter strategically on your eyelids, cheeks, or even along the brow bone. Adorn your face with small gems for an extra touch of sparkle.
Experiment with colorful blush shades, applying them high on your cheekbones for a youthful and flushed appearance.
Create bold, graphic eyeliner looks. Experiment with unconventional shapes, neon colors, or even double wings to capture the show’s avant-garde style.
Use vibrant and pigmented eyeshadows in various colors to create striking eye looks. Mix and match shades to achieve a bold and expressive appearance.
Emulate the iconic glitter tears seen in “Euphoria” by applying small, tear-shaped glitter under your eyes. This adds a touch of drama and fantasy.
Achieve feathery and well-defined eyebrows. Consider using a brow gel to brush your eyebrow hairs upward for a natural but groomed look.
Opt for glossy lips using clear or tinted lip gloss. Experiment with unconventional lip colors to complement your overall makeup style.
Get creative with lip art by experimenting with ombre effects, lip liners in unconventional shapes, or even small gem accents on the lips.
7. Vampire Makeup
Creating a vampire makeup look allows you to embrace the mysterious and alluring aesthetic associated with these mythical creatures. Here’s a step-by-step guide for a classic vampire makeup look:
Start with a pale foundation or face paint to give your skin a supernatural, undead appearance. Blend it evenly across your face and neck.
Use a cool-toned contour shade to enhance the hollows of your cheeks, creating a more defined and dramatic look.
Create fake vampire bite marks using red face paint or lipstick. Apply them strategically on your neck or other visible areas for added authenticity.
Opt for dark and smoky eyeshadow shades like deep purples, blacks, or dark reds. Apply these shades to your eyelids and blend for a mysterious gaze.
Use black eyeliner to create a sultry and dramatic look. Consider extending the eyeliner slightly at the outer corners for a subtle wing.
Enhance the vampiric allure by wearing red or purple contact lenses. This adds an otherworldly and mesmerizing effect to your eyes.
Apply long and voluminous false eyelashes to create a captivating gaze.
Choose a deep, blood-red lipstick to emphasize your lips. Apply it evenly, or go for a slightly messy, just-fed look by smudging the lipstick.
If you have vampire fangs, attach them according to the product instructions. Alternatively, you can use special-effects wax or dental putty to create your fangs.
Style your hair in a sleek and polished manner or create tousled waves for a more seductive appearance.
8. Sugar Skull Makeup
Sugar skull makeup, also known as Day of the Dead or Día de los Muertos makeup like in the movie Coco, is a vibrant and artistic way to celebrate this Mexican tradition.
Here’s a step-by-step guide for creating a stunning sugar skull makeup look:
Apply white face paint or a very light foundation to create the base for your sugar skull. Cover your entire face, including your lips, and blend it evenly.
Use black face paint or eyeliner to outline large, exaggerated eye sockets. Extend the lines beyond the natural contours of your eyes for a dramatic effect.
Paint or draw a skull-like nose and mouth with black face paint. You can create intricate designs, such as stitching or floral patterns, to add detail.
Draw vertical lines to create the teeth along the mouth area. These lines can be straight, or you can add some curves for a more artistic touch.
Fill in the eye sockets with bright and bold eyeshadow colors. Traditional sugar skull colors include shades of blue, purple, pink, and yellow.
Add colorful eyeshadow to your eyelids, extending the colors toward your temples for a more elaborate look. Consider incorporating intricate designs around the eyes, such as flowers or spiderwebs.
Apply black eyeliner to define your eyes and add false eyelashes for a more dramatic appearance. You can also draw decorative patterns around your eyes using colorful face paint.
Paint your lips with a bright and contrasting color to the eye makeup. Reds, pinks, or purples work well. Outline the lips with black to define the skull shape.
Add intricate details to the lips, such as small flowers, swirls, or dots. This adds an artistic flair to the overall sugar skull design.
Use face paint to create colorful floral patterns on various parts of your face. These can include roses, marigolds, or any other flowers associated with the Day of the Dead.
Add decorative lines and dots using black face paint to enhance the overall design. These can be added around the eyes, on the forehead, or along the jawline.
For an extra touch of glamour, incorporate small gems or rhinestones into your sugar skull makeup. Apply them strategically to enhance the floral patterns or as accents around the eyes.
9. Glow in the Dark Makeup
Achieving a luminous and glow-in-the-dark makeup look brings an additional layer of mystique and excitement to your appearance. Follow this guide to create the captivating effect:
Opt for glow-in-the-dark face paint designed to fluoresce in the dark, available in a range of colors like white, green, and blue.
Invest in UV or blacklight-reactive makeup, invisible in regular lighting but vibrant and glowing under UV or blacklight conditions.
Begin with a fresh, moisturized face. Apply your regular foundation or opt for light coverage to let the glow shine through.
Utilize glow-in-the-dark face paint to craft intricate designs on your face, including patterns or even full-face coverage. Apply it in thin layers for an even, radiant glow.
Apply UV-reactive eyeshadows in vivid and bold colors, blending seamlessly for a captivating look that comes alive under blacklight.
Enhance your eyes with glow-in-the-dark eyeliner, creating eye-catching lines and experimenting with various shapes or opting for a classic cat-eye.
If available, use UV mascara to add a luminous touch to your lashes, visible under blacklight and complementing the overall glowing effect.
Apply UV-reactive lipstick or lip gloss in a shade that complements your look, providing your lips with a radiant shine that comes to life under black light.
Extend the luminosity to your neck, shoulders, and arms by incorporating glow-in-the-dark paint to create unique designs or symbols for an added touch of flair.
Enhance your overall look with UV body paint, allowing you to paint your arms, hands, or exposed skin with glowing patterns and designs.
Remember to experiment with different colors and designs, and consider using UV or black light bulbs to showcase your glowing masterpiece.
Whether you’re heading to a party, festival, or themed event, this luminous makeup look is bound to make you stand out in the dark.
10. Cruella’s Makeup
Cruella de Vil, the iconic Disney villain known for her distinctive black-and-white style, has a makeup look that is both glamorous and bold.
Here’s a guide on how to achieve Cruella’s signature makeup:
Begin with a flawless and even complexion using your preferred foundation and concealer. Cruella’s skin is typically matte, so set your makeup with a translucent powder.
Accentuate your cheekbones with subtle contouring. Use a contour shade to define the hollows of your cheeks, jawline, and nose bridge.
Cruella is known for her striking black eyeliner. Create a bold winged eyeliner look to add drama to your eyes. Extend the wing slightly for a fierce appearance.
Apply a black or deep gray eyeshadow to create a smoky effect on your eyelids. Blend the eyeshadow for a seamless transition.
Enhance your eyes with long, voluminous false eyelashes. Cruella’s look is all about drama, so don’t be afraid to choose lashes with extra flair.
To capture Cruella’s flamboyant style, consider adding a pop of red eyeshadow or eyeliner to the lower lash line or as a subtle accent on the upper lid.
Emulate Cruella’s signature arched eyebrows with a sharp and defined shape. Use an eyebrow pencil or gel to achieve a dramatic look.
Cruella is famous for her bold red lips. Choose a vibrant red lipstick with a matte finish for a classic, glamorous touch.
To replicate Cruella’s unique two-tone lips, you can leave the center of your lips slightly lighter or add a touch of white or light pink lipstick to create dimension.
So, there you have it—your ticket to Halloween transformation! From ’80s vibes to Barbie glam, spooky faves like Corpse Bride and Witchy Wonders, we’ve explored a bunch. Euphoria’s glitter party, vampy looks, Sugar Skull fun, and glow-in-the-dark coolness all cut. And let’s not forget Cruella’s fierce glam!
So, grab your makeup kit, let creativity flow, and have a spooktacular Halloween!
My name is Roger Senpai. I’m a cosplayer that’s been in the community for well over a decade now. I’ve traveled all over the world to Anime and Comic conventions and hosted my own cosplay events. Now I’m writing articles for new and experienced cosplayers like you to help inspire, save you money and improve your cosplays!