13 Halloween Makeup Tutorials That Are Impossible To Mess Up

Halloween is quickly approaching, which means you’ll soon be shuffling through hashtags and YouTube videos for costume inspiration. This year, skip the masks and save money by painting your costume onto your face. You can literally transform your mug into a festive Halloween look using basic makeup techniques; no professional skills required. We’ve scoured the net for step-by-step videos that are impossible to mess up and will make the most basic ideas look next level. Whether you’re a novice or pro, it’ll take just a few minutes to master any of these go-to looks.

Because why would we ever turn down an opportunity to rock these haute gold lips.



Evil Jester
This is one smoky eye you can totally go overboard with.


You can finally wear colored contacts again.


Create this look with basic highlighting and contouring techniques. 


Greek Goddess
This is just a leveled up version of your everyday dewy makeup look. 


Sexy Cat
This Halloween look is perfect for makeup novice. All you need is a black eyeliner and red lipstick. 


Grace Jones
You’ll want to ask the girls at M.A.C for NW 50 to recreate this super model inspired look. 


Grab your lip liner, sports bra and sunglasses. Bring in Halloween 90’s style as an R&B princess.


This super cute Halloween makeup idea will only take you a few minutes to recreate. 


Bring on the shimmer.


Fierce Leopard


Black Barbie
This is proof black girls can wear blue eyeshadow (flips hair).


Star Wars-Inspired Makeup Tutorial
Get this galactic beat by playing up your eye makeup.