No matter what stage of Halloween planning you're in — whether you've had a game plan since August or you're still Googling ideas — there's a 95% chance you'll need some form of makeup to complete your costume. After all, what's Elphaba without her signature green pallor, or Pennywise without his creepy red eyeliner?
While you can readily assemble everything you need at the local drugstore, consider grabbing a pre-made kit instead to save time and money. Ahead, we're sharing the palettes and paints we're using to achieve some of this year's most popular costumes, from Euphoria characters to Harley Quinn. The finished result will look great IRL and on the 'gram.
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If your costume involves any sort of body makeup — think: the Wicked Witch from The Wizard of Oz or Mystique from X-Men – it's worth picking up an affordable face and body paint kit like this $20 Amazon find.
Moon Creations Face & Body Paint Set of 12, $, available at Amazon
How many days a year is it acceptable, nay encouraged, to don fluorescent body paint? Don't miss out on this opportunity to truly glow. After October 31, you can keep it on hand for your next black-light party.
Midnight Glo UV Body Paint, $, available at Amazon
Skeleton costumes are a Halloween classic. Luckily, you can easily go the DIY route with an all-black 'fit and some spooky black-and-white face makeup.
Mehron Skeleton Premium Character Kit, $, available at Amazon
Channel the energy (?) of the undead with this pro-level zombie makeup kit, which comes with a vial of fake blood, liquid latex, a decayed-flesh color wheel, and applicator tools.
Mehron Special Effects Premium Zombie Apocalypse Makeup Kit, $, available at Amazon
Tap into the spiritual realm by using makeup to transform into a walking, talking Ouija board. These temporary tattoos and cream pigments are easy enough to apply in your office bathroom, so you'll have a last-minute costume option.
See All Makeup Kits & Face Paint Ouija Board Makeup Kit, $, available at Party City
It's technically not a Halloween-themed kit, but Make Up For Ever's super-pigmented Flash Color Palette is an artist favorite for creating stunning looks on eyes, lips, and elsewhere on the face.
Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette Multi-use Cream Color Palette, $, available at Sephora
With IT Chapter Two being one of the horror hits of the year, you can probably count on seeing a lot of Pennywise clowns this Halloween. Nail the look with these eye stickers, plus everything you need to recreate the killer clown's signature red nose and lips.
Spirit Halloween IT Pennywise Makeup Kit, $, available at Spirit Halloween
Harley Quinn's dip-dyed ponytail and matching blue-and-pink eyeshadow in Suicide Squad are easy to recreate with these cream shadow pigments and temporary tats.
Spirit Halloween Harley Quinn Makeup Kit, $, available at Spirit Halloween
No matter what Halloween beauty look you're going for, we're guessing it can be made better with a touch of high-impact glitter.
HIPDOT Legendary Pressed Glitter, $, available at HIPDOT
Euphoria is sure to be a major Halloween inspiration this year, so pick up some Maddy Perez-approved press-on face jewels and dramatic falsies to add to your crop top outfit.
Spirit Halloween Dark Unicorn Gem and Eyelash Kit, $, available at Spirit Halloween
Want to take your witch costume to the next level? Apply a pair of cobweb false eyelashes, dainty spider tats, and shimmery eyeshadow.
Spirit Halloween Witch Spider Web Makeup Kit, $, available at Spirit Halloween
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