40 Halloween Makeup Tutorials That’ll Completely Upgrade Your Costume

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40 halloween makeup tutorials that’ll completely upgrade your costume

Makeup lovers know that a Halloween costume without a full face of makeup is simply just a thematic outfit. The transformation truly begins when the makeup brushes come out, which is why Halloween is one of the best holidays for the beauty-obsessed. When else do you have a seasonal excuse to break out glitter, neon shadows, and fake blood?

If you already have an idea of what you’ll be dressed up as on the 31st, then it’s time to start planning your makeup. Luckily, YouTube is a veritable buffet of easy-to-follow tutorials that you can master whether you’re going to parties as a deer or a demon. Despite the complexity of your outfit, the makeup tutorials ahead will be sure to accelerate your look. Pull out those brushes and palettes to start practicing.

Just add some thick, black lines and shadowing to your typical makeup, and you’ll look like you leapt out of a comic book.

This American Horror Story: Apocalypse demon makeup is giving us goosebumps.

Follow this Princess Ariel tutorial to fulfill your childhood dreams of living under the sea.

This Cinderella goes from glamorous to gory when the clock strikes midnight.

This Meghan Markle makeup tutorial will make you feel like royalty (Prince is sold separately).

So you want to be the Queen Bee of your Halloween party? Pull out your red lipstick and go as Cheryl Blossom.

In case you were looking for an excuse to douse your entire body in Fenty Beauty’s Trophy Wife…

This smashed-up doll is not one to play with.

Take a page out of a ’90s coloring book and paint yourself as a Lisa Frank leopard this year.

You don’t have to be a special FX pro to master this pulled skin, just follow this easy eyeliner hack.

Use this opportunity to give that Khaleesi Halloween costume a go while you patiently wait for the new season of Game of Thrones.

Did you know you can turn yourself into an adorable deer with just white and black eyeliner and a touch of contour? Yep, it’s that easy — just ask YouTuber Claudia Sulewski.

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to finally achieve your childhood dream of joining the Sailor Moon clan. Check out this tutorial to see how.

Grab a colorful wig from your local halloween shop and transform yourself into one of Lil’ Kim’s looks from her 1996 music video “Crush On You.”

Two looks that’ll set you back less than a movie ticket? Sign us up. YouTuber Jen Im created a shattered doll and panda costume using white and black liner and face paint.

Want a Halloween costume that will really have people scratching their heads? This floating head look is just the ticket.

There are two things you can do with some well-done Kiss makeup. You can either grab a gang of friends and go as the full band, or you can toss on a striped shirt and a beret and be a French Kiss.

Patrick Starr has the cutest Barbie makeup tutorial for all the guys and gals who want to dress up like your favorite childhood toy.

All these years later and we’re still suckers for a Disney Princess costume. This Aurora makeup is pretty for Halloween and the rest of the year.

Sometimes, you’d rather be really damn cute over scary. If that’s the case, we suggest Sadness from Inside Out.

This Eleven costume hits the Halloween trifecta: It’s easy, recognizable, and it gives you the opportunity to walk around eating waffles all night. What more could you want?

Tap into your inner Greek mythology nerd with this awesome Medusa tutorial.

Own a bunch of leopard print? Throw it on and give this easy-to-follow look a whirl.

If you’re going really last-minute, some strategically placed cobwebs with an all-black outfit can totally pass as a costume.

American Horror Story fans will flip over this costume inspired by Lady Gaga’s character.

Does anything say “Halloween” more than a skeleton? And, because we were feeling generous, we’re offering a version that takes half the time.

This pirate is a touch more glam that the typical swashbuckler, but we’re okay with a little creative license for Halloween.

Everyone can paint on a few whiskers; this is how to really make your cat costume look pre-planned.

This trippy makeup looks even more realistic the more Halloween punch you drink.

Embrace the pretty, pretty fairy you always wanted to be as a kid — but with a slightly creepier edge.

This cutesy bunny rabbit has some of the best highlighter we’ve ever seen.

Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas is an oldie but a goodie.

Want to go for something a bit more classic? Give this Cabaret tutorial a try.

In a world of Harley Quinns, be the Enchantress from Suicide Squad. (Or the girl from The Ring — they’re not far off.)

Grab your buddy and bust out this Pokémon and Ivysaur couple’s costume. (It helps if you can paint it on each other, we find.)

This badass Bride of Chucky is a ’90s kid’s dream (nightmare, actually).

Conspiracy theorists, this Illuminati-inspired tutorial is for you.

If you’re planning an ode to David Bowie this Halloween, this Aladdin Sane makeup is perfect.

Is it just us, or does this werewolf have some seriously cut cheekbones?

For those who love a full face of makeup — and not much else — this cool-girl space alien tutorial is perfect.

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