65 Halloween Makeup Ideas for Every Single Skill Level (Yes, Even Yours)

Halloween is right around the corner, and IDK about you, but I’m ready to go all out this year on my Halloween costume. I love the parties, the makeup, the elaborate Halloween hairstyles, and getting a big ol’ bag of candy for trick-or-treaters and then gleefully eating it all myself. This year, I’m more than ready to level up my Halloween game with some incredibly inspo-worthy Halloween makeup tutorials. From zombie makeup to mermaid makeup and everything in between, I’ve rounded up this season’s best tutorials.

And don’t worry if the idea of a Halloween makeup tutorial sends your beginner heart into a spiral—you don’t have to be a pro MUA for any of these looks because these tutorials range from the just-bought-your-first-palette level to the advanced I-know-my-way-around-some-face-paint. So keep scrolling to check out the 65 (!) best Halloween makeup tutorials for your spookiest season yet.

1. This Bridgerton makeup look

Fact: There will most likely be a million and one Bridgerton-inspired looks this Halloween. But also fact: It makes a pretty damn good costume. To channel your inner Daphne, soft nude and pink eyeshadows should be your go-to. Finish it off with a v curly updo and a Regency-style dress.

✨Try it with: Glossier Essential Eyeshadow Trio in Monochromes

2. This Barbie zombie makeup look

Mark my words: This Halloween will be the year of the Barbie and Ken costumes, thanks to the new Barbie movie featuring Ryan Gosling and Margot Robbie. So to cash in on the Barbiecore trend before it gets big, try this spooky take.

✨Try it with: Graftobian Blood Gel

3. This fairy Halloween makeup tutorial

My favorite thing about this fairy makeup tutorial is that it gives you an excuse to play around with the colors in your palettes that you usually ignore (think: neon greens, vibrant purples, the works). And even though this look has a few elements that are pretty ~out there~ (hiii, green eyebrows), the end result is super pretty.

✨Try it with: Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil in Freak

4. This glam Joker Halloween makeup look

FYI, this Halloween, you can dress as the Joker without looking scary. In fact, this tutorial by YouTuber Jasmine Brown is a totally elevated and glamorous spin on the classic character. Some red, white, and blue face paint is pretty much everything you need for the look—oh, and ofc finish off with some temporary green hair dye.

✨Try it with: CCbeauty Professional Face and Body Paint

5. Jack Sparrow pirate makeup tutorial

One of the easiest Halloween makeup ideas that isn’t super played out already? Pirate makeup. It’s got classic elements like smoked-out eyeshadow and inky black eyeliner, and it’s v easy to customize to your exact vibe (and, IDK, the products you already have in your makeup bag). Don’t forget the face glitter for a fun touch.

Try it with: NYX Face and Body Glitter

6. This butterfly Halloween makeup

So scary isn’t necessarily your thing, eh? No prob because adorable makeup tutorials like this one by Victoria Davette exist. If you’re really feeling like going all out and have a steady hand, challenge yourself by drawing a butterfly wing near your eye. If that seems too challenging (hi, it me), simply create a smokey eye with orange, yellow, and red eyeshadows. Pop on a butterfly headband, and you’re good to go.

Try it with: NYX Ultimate Color Palette in Phoenix

7. This deer Halloween makeup tutorial

8. This queen of hearts makeup look

A Queen of Hearts costume is one of those looks that’s totally classic but not overdone. This tutorial by Victoria Davette looks super complicated, but it’s actually relatively simple to do if you follow the tutorial step-by-step. Oh, and you’re def going to need a TON of red tones.

Try it with: Danessa Myricks Colorfix Eye, Cheek, & Lip Cream Pigment in Primary Red

9. This ’90s Gwen Stefani makeup tutorial

Okay, yeah, hi. This ’90s Gwen Stefani is a total mooood and fits this year’s aesthetic to a T. Channel the pop princess with a blue wig, skinny brows, lots of face jewels, and a red lip.

Try it with: OUTUXED Clear Rhinestones

10. These last-minute Halloween looks

S/O to all those peeps out there who leave planning their costume to the day night of (🙋)!! Luckily for you (and me), YouTuber Ashley Quiroz demonstrates three last-minute Halloween looks that are quick and very easy to do—just make sure you’ve got some liquid eyeliner on hand.

Try it with: Wet n Wild Breakup-Proof Black Liquid Liner

11. This glam clown Halloween makeup

This Halloween makeup tutorial is so colorful and incorporates pretty much all of the fun parts of a clown sans the terrifying parts. YouTuber Trina Kay will walk you through creating this multi-layered eye makeup for Halloween, including the razor-sharp diamonds over the eyes.

Try it with: Bperfect Stacey Marie Carnival Palette

12. This BRATZ Halloween makeup

Think: Pink and blue eyeshadow, ’90s-esque full lips, and the cutest (and super) pink outfit. I think that makes one pretty cool and ~glam~ Halloween costume, huh? Just don’t forget to add an iconic BRATZ beauty mark with some liquid eyeliner.

Try it with: Huda Beauty Life Liner Double-Ended Eyeliner

13. A dark fairy for Halloween

Sure, you can be a cute fairy for Halloween, but this epic dark fairy takes the cake, IMO. Pop a vibrant purple eyeshadow in your cart and some intense lashes for this ~sultry~, scary fairy.

Try it with: r.e.m. Beauty Midnight Shadows Lustrous Liquid Eyeshadow in Science Fair

14. This ‘Carrie’ Halloween makeup

Four words: Lots of freakin’ blood. Start by creating a super dark, smokey eye, and then really glam up the rest of your makeup. Put on a white dress (that you’re not afraid to ruin), and for the kicker, pour fake blood alllll over.

Try it with: Bobisuka Fake Blood Halloween Makeup Kit

15. Scarecrow makeup for Halloween

Scarecrow makeup can be recreated in so many different ways, but this is one of my faves. This scary Halloween makeup tutorial will show you all the right products they use to get this super realistic and three-dimensional scarecrow, including the Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner.

Try it with: Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette Multi-use Cream Color Palette

16. This glam Frankenstein monster Halloween makeup

If “glam” + “Frankenstein” are two words you never thought you’d hear together, check out this Halloween makeup tutorial. Jennifer Chang creates the cutest Frankenstein monster for Halloween, complete with a bold red lip and purple eyeshadow or face paint (they used Mehron Makeup Color Cups in Purple).

Try it with: Mehron Makeup Fantasy F/X Water Based Face & Body Paint in Green

17. This Bride of Chucky Halloween makeup tutorial

This scary Halloween makeup tutorial for the Bride of Chucky will require a matte black lipstick, a gel or liquid eyebrow pen, and black eyeshadow. Pay special attention to how this makeup artist contours under their cheekbones to get that really gaunt, haunted look (hint: contour with some black eyeshadow and blend it out really well).

Try it with: Milk Color Chalk Multi-Use Powder Pigment

18. Vampire demon makeup for Halloween

This vampire demon is actually so cute while still being creepy. The trick to striking that balance? Make sure to glam up your eyes (with volumizing mascara or false lashes) and create a bold lip before adding in all the spooky parts (think: red eyeshadow around the whole eye and red vein lines underneath).

Try it with: NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipstick Lightweight Vegan Lipstick

19. This Joker Halloween makeup tutorial

The Joker is a classic costume idea for Halloween, but this Halloween makeup tutorial created a unique version. The best part about Joker makeup is that it can be a little messy (read: smudge the red paint around the mouth and the blue paint under the eyes), so you don’t have to stay inside the lines.

Try it with: The Crayon Case The Matte Book Palette

20. This melting makeup tutorial for Halloween

The graphic style makeup in this Halloween makeup tutorial is kind of unreal. But it’s not as hard to recreate as you’d think. Just make sure you have a black liquid eyeliner that will create those crisp, vibrant lines and give it the pop-art vibe.

Try it with: Pat McGrath Labs Perma Precision Liquid Eyeliner

21. This devil Halloween makeup tutorial

Red face paint will be your main ingredient when recreating this devil look. This is a great scary Halloween makeup tutorial that’s also really pretty. BTW: Don’t forget to grab some yellow face paint to highlight your brow bone.

Try it with: U Can Be Athena Face Body Paint Oil Palette

22. Tiger makeup for Halloween

Nya Grace Temple will teach you how to seamlessly blend orange and white together to make a really cute tiger for Halloween. This look literally only requires three colors (orange, black, and white), so it won’t require a major haul at Ulta to recreate.

Try it with: Mehron Makeup Cream Blend Stick

23. This scary nun makeup idea for Halloween

If you really want to amp up the creep vibe in your makeup this October 31, try this scary Halloween makeup tutorial. The red eyeliner under the eyes (read: dripping blood) and the glossy black lips really make this look. And to make it even more haunted, take a little red eyeshadow and a small eyeshadow brush and brush it around the outside of your lips.

Try it with: Danessa Myricks Beauty Colorfix Eye, Cheek & Lip Cream Pigment

24. This Genie Halloween makeup tutorial

If you were looking for an excuse to wear a gold scrunchie and just a ton of blue makeup, welcome to your ideal Halloween makeup tutorial. Mari Bajari makes the Genie from Aladdin so pretty—I mean, how cute are their blue matte lips and sparkly blue eyeshadow?!

Try it with: Inc.redible Lid Slick Eye Pigment in Dose of Ego

25. This robot Halloween tutorial

Don’t want to mess around with a lot of colors? Opt for this robot Halloween tutorial, where all you need is black face paint or liquid eyeliner to create these robot lines. This is a super easy Halloween idea to do at the last minute—lookin’ at you, procrastinators.

Try it with: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Black

26. The Lion King Halloween makeup tutorial

I honestly did not know that Scar from The Lion King could look this cute. This Halloween makeup idea is perfect for when you have a half hour to get ready and don’t really want a full face of paint. All you need is black eyeliner, black face paint, black lipstick, and a concealer that’s a couple of shades lighter than your skin tone to recreate this makeup tutorial.

Try it with: Too Faced Born This Way Super Coverage Multi-Use Sculpting Concealer

27. This alien Halloween makeup

Looking for something easy you can pull together at the last minute that isn’t a cat or vampire? This alien makeup tutorial is a great option, and it’s genuinely easy. All you’ll need is green eyeshadow, white eyeliner, and a couple of basics (think: foundation, eyebrow pencil, etc.) to really nail this costume.

Try it with: Juvia’s Place The Zulu Eyeshadow Palette

28. This mermaid skull makeup for Halloween

Half-face Halloween makeup is always one of my favorite costume ideas, thanks to the fact that you can go super OTT with one side of your face and more relaxed and chill with the other. This look combines pretty mermaid detailing with classic skull makeup for the ultimate Halloween vibe.

Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Pro Pigment Palette

29. This lowkey Halloween makeup

Not down to go all out with your Halloween makeup? This glam tutorial is the perfect middle ground—you still get a couple of spooky elements with the dark, vampy lip, but the sparkly smokey eye really softens it up a bit. The best part about this look is that it’s super customizable, so don’t be afraid to play around and make it your own.

Try it with: Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Matte Lipstick in Toni Purple

30. This cow Halloween makeup

It’s no secret that cow print is everywhere right now, so why not take the trend to the next level with this Halloween makeup? You’ll need a solid amount of face paint to recreate this look, along with a couple of detailing brushes to get the edges of your spots super precise. And, IMO, the blue eyeshadow really gives the whole thing a glam vibe.

Try it with: Mehron Makeup Paradise Face and Body Paint

31. This glittery makeup for Halloween

If you need a reason to bring out your prettiest eyeshadows and sparkliest glitter, consider this Halloween makeup tutorial it. Tons of gold glitter will really bring this makeup to new heights, so don’t hold back. Bonus points for finishing off the whole look with a goddess-like costume to match.

Try it with: Uoma Beauty Black Magic Carnival Face & Body Bronzing Highlighter

32. This Catwoman makeup for Halloween

This is one of those makeup looks that will require a costume to match, so keep scrolling if you’re looking for something more last-minute. If you’re willing to plan out a whole ass mood though, you’ll absolutely love this Catwoman makeup for Halloween, which combines a classic red lip with a sultry eyeshadow look.

Try it with: Pat McGrath Labs MatteTrance Lipstick in Elson

33. This mad scientist Halloween makeup

TBH I just love how quirky this Halloween makeup is—like, who else is going to show up to the party in a mad scientist costume? I mean, you’re basically guaranteed to stand out. And thanks to the bold red lip and the subtle smokey eye, it’s actually really cute too. BRB while I go start practicing this one now.

✨Try it with: Uoma Beauty Badass Icon Matte Lipstick

34. This Euphoria ‘Jules’ Halloween makeup

Here’s an idea: Go super meta this year by recreating Jules’s costume from the Euphoria Halloween episode. The costume, which, BTW, is actually a nod to Claire Danes in Romeo + Juliet, is all about red eyeshadow and hella glitter, so make sure you’re fully stocked before giving it a try.

✨Try it with: Juvia’s Place The Berries Eyeshadow Palette and NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter

35. This Euphoria ‘Maddy’ Halloween makeup

You didn’t think that was our only Euphoria makeup idea, right? An equally cute option, this makeup tutorial inspired by Euphoria’s Maddy is so pretty you’ll want to wear it year-round. I mean, is there anything cooler than holographic eyeshadow and rhinestone decals? Def not.

✨Try it with: ColourPop Super Shock Eyeshadow and Karizma Beauty Iridescent Crystal Face Gems

36. This glam mermaid makeup for Halloween

IMHO, mermaid Halloween makeup is never a bad idea. There are so many ways to interpret the look, whether you want to go super glam (like this tutorial) or more lowkey. I’m personally a fan of the extra details in this costume, like the shiny purple lipstick and the holographic scales.

✨Try it with: Pat McGrath BlitzTrance Lipstick in Cyber Orchid

37. This Dua Lipa makeup for Halloween

This Halloween, I’m going all in with this Dua Lipa makeup tutorial, which perfectly nails the singer’s sculpted brows, sparkly eyeshadow, and, obvs, signature hairstyle. Catch me rolling up to the Halloween party blasting “Don’t Start Now.” Like, Dua, is that you?

✨Try it with: Benefit Cosmetics Precisely My Brow Pencil Ultra-Fine Shape & Define

38. This last-minute Halloween makeup

I get it: Even if you start thinking about Halloween way in advance, it’s still hard to actually get your shit together by October 31. That’s why I love how easy (and cute!) this last-minute Halloween makeup is. All you’ll need is a black gel eyeliner, a neutral eyeshadow palette (preferably something with dark and smokey colors), and 10-ish minutes to watch the video. Easy enough.

✨Try it with: Natasha Denona Glam Eyeshadow Palette

39. This pumpkin Halloween makeup

Would this really be a Halloween makeup roundup without at least a few creepy-AF options? I like that this tutorial has a little bit of everything—it’s got gore (the melted skin), color (the pumpkin detailing), and glam (the ultra-dramatic smokey eye). It def requires a decent amount of skill, so try watching the tutorial a couple of times before you get started.

✨Try it with: Snazaroo Classic Face and Body Paint in Orange

40. This clown Halloween makeup

Yes, everything about this Halloween makeup tutorial is scary, but that red smokey eye is actually ridiculously pretty. The best of both (terrifying) worlds?

✨Try it with: Laura Mercier Rouge Essentiel Silky Cream Lipstick in Violette

41. This Harley Quinn makeup for Halloween

Sure, Harley Quinn’s makeup looks messy AF, but recreating her signature look actually takes skill (and some blue and red eyeshadow). This Halloween makeup tutorial lays out everything you’ll need to become a member of the Suicide Squad by October 31.

✨Try it with: Makeup Revolution Reloaded Euphoria Palette

42. This fairy Halloween makeup tutorial

If scary, gory-as-hell Halloween makeup isn’t totally your aesthetic, you need to bookmark this fairy tutorial right now. Highlighter, glitter, and more glitter will really take your costume to the next level.

✨Try it with: NYX Professional Makeup Metallic Glitter in Lumi-Lite

43. This spider Halloween makeup

This spider Halloween makeup tutorial definitely requires a steady hand—and a thin face-paint brush—but the payoff is beyond cool. Oh, and that vampy lip should 100 percent be worn post-Halloween, too.

✨Try it with: Nicpro Micro Detail Paint Brush Set

44. This Wednesday Addams makeup

I used to think Wednesday Addams was a cop-out costume, but this Halloween makeup tutorial has convinced me otherwise. Super-defined brows are crucial to this look, along with a ghost-white base and purple eyeshadow.

✨Try it with: Wet n Wild Ultimate Brow Kit

45. This Khaleesi Halloween makeup

Did you glance at this YouTube tutorial and see Emilia Clarke? Yeah, same—that’s how good it is. You’ll be slaying more than dragons with this fiery Halloween makeup.

✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo

46. This unicorn makeup for Halloween

A little unicorn dust never hurt anyone, right? Right. This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for anyone who isn’t into blood and guts.

✨Try it with: Unicorn Snot Biodegradable Holographic Body Glitter Gel for Body, Face, Hair

47. This Snow White makeup tutorial

This Snow White makeup is guaranteed to be a hit at your Halloween party. Consider yourself the fairest of them all with these candy-apple red lips.

✨Try it with: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Lipstick in On Fire Red

48. This pop art Halloween makeup tutorial

This Halloween makeup is beyond realistic—recreate it, and you’ll legit look like you stepped out of a comic book.

✨Try it with: Charmcode Face and Body Painting Palette

49. This Little Red Riding Hood Halloween makeup

This Halloween makeup tutorial is your classic Little Red Riding costume, but edgier. Fake scars are a nonnegotiable for this look.

✨Try it with: Coobbar Halloween Zombie Scars Tattoos with Fake Scar

50. This queen bee Halloween makeup

Perfectly executed face paint takes this queen bee Halloween makeup from cutesy to cool. And who doesn’t love an excuse to wear black lipstick?

✨Try it with: Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Night Bird

51. This Frozen makeup tutorial for Halloween

A lot of blush, a white wig, and falsies make this Halloween legit so cool, you’ll feel like you literally could work at Disney World.

✨Try it with: Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush in Pink

52. This zombie queen Halloween makeup

Can’t decide if you want to go regal or creepy this Halloween? Get yourself a look that does it all, like this zombie queen makeup.

✨Try it with: Smooth-On Ultimate Zombie Makeup Kit

53. This golden goddess Halloween makeup

Just because it’s Halloween doesn’t mean you need to put aside your love of highlighter. This Halloween makeup tutorial glow is everything.

✨Try it with: Anastasia Beverly Hills Sun Dipped Glow Kit

54. This lioness Halloween makeup

Pro tip: Recreate this entire tutorial for Halloween, then copy the eye look for every other day of your life.

✨Try it with: Tarte Tartelette In Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette

55. This cat makeup for Halloween

You can never go wrong with a cute cat makeup look for Halloween. Also, I wasn’t aware that I wanted a pair of neon-green contacts until right now?

✨Try it with: Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

56. This snow angel Halloween makeup

This angel Halloween look is basically what I aspire to emulate on a daily basis. I mean, look at her frosted lids.

✨Try it with: Fenty Beauty Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil

57. This werewolf look for Halloween

Animal Halloween costumes don’t need to be cute, okay? Proof: This werewolf makeup tutorial, which is the perfect excuse to take your look to spookier heights.

✨Try it with: Huda Beauty Power Bullet Matte Lipstick in Last Night

58. This vampire Halloween makeup tutorial

If you want to be the scariest person at your Halloween party, you need to recreate this vampire makeup tutorial. Costume or not, your look is bound to give everyone the creeps (in the best way possible, obvi).

✨Try it with: KVD Beauty Super Pomade Vegan Eyeliner, Shadow, & Brow Pigment in Scarlet

59. This half-skull Halloween makeup

This skull makeup is the perfect last-minute Halloween costume. Your makeup really carries the look, so you won’t even need to worry about what you’re wearing.

✨Try it with: Amscan Black and White Makeup Kit

60. This Batwoman Halloween makeup

The best part about this Halloween makeup tutorial is that you paint your mask (which is glittery, btw), so you won’t need to keep track of your costume accessories at that crowded party.

✨Try it with: Moon Glitter Holographic Face & Body Glitter Gel

61. This demon Halloween makeup tutorial

Full disclosure: I literally gasped when I watched this Halloween makeup tutorial. If you’re going for the fear factor, you’ll want to take notes on this one.

✨Try it with: Mehron Makeup Paradise AQ Pro Face Paint Palette

62. This Poison Ivy Halloween makeup

Who knew green eyeliner and red eyebrows could look inspiration-worthy? This Halloween makeup tutorial is perfect for anyone who wants to feel on theme and pretty.

✨Try it with: Juvia’s Place Rebel Quad Eyeshadow Palette

63. This moonchild Halloween makeup tutorial

This makeup tutorial is the reason I wish Halloween was a monthly thing. That gray lipstick is so damn cool.

✨Try it with: Maybelline New York Color Sensational Powder Matte Lipstick in Concrete Jungle

64. This holographic mermaid Halloween makeup

Mermaids will never go out of style, and this so-pretty Halloween makeup tutorial is worth relying on year after year.

✨Try it with: r.e.m. Beauty On Your Collar Plumping Lip Gloss in Chuckie

65. Dripping candy makeup for Halloween

Your Halloween costume doesn’t have to be an actual character, IMO. You can do something really fun and unique like this candy Halloween makeup tutorial. Even better: This look only covers half of your face, so you can still add some ~glam~ to your other half.

✨Try it with: NYX SFX Face and Body Paint in Dreamweaver

Why trust Cosmo?

Siena Gagliano is a contributing beauty editor at Cosmopolitan and has three years of experience writing about beauty, fashion, and lifestyle news. She’s an expert at researching and writing beauty stories like the Day of the Dead makeup tutorials and witch Halloween makeup tutorials, and feels especially knowledgable on Halloween makeup tutorials for beginners thanks to years of dressing up. She regularly tries out new Halloween makeup tutorials on herself while working with the industry’s top makeup artists to experiment with new techniques.

Sami Roberts was previously the beauty assistant at Cosmopolitan with four years of experience researching, writing, and editing health, social media, and beauty-related stories, including the best 2022 makeup trends and the coolest Halloween hairstyles. Her Halloween makeup picks were chosen after watching numerous tutorials.

Ruby Buddemeyer was the beauty editor at Cosmopolitan for nearly three years and has five years of experience writing about beauty, fashion, and celebrity news across print and digital, including skeleton makeup ideas and the best zombie makeup tutorials. Her beginner Halloween makeup tutorial picks were based on video reviews and ratings.

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