50 Awesome Halloween Makeup Ideas & Tutorials

We’ve found the one-stop shop for the perfect Halloween costume: the cosmetics aisle. That’s right, all you need for a dramatic, beautiful, or flat-out terrifying look is makeup (and a few extra items). From iconic comic book villains to your favorite jungle cat, we can’t get over how perfect these tutorials are for Halloween.

Don’t feel intimidated for a second: each of these step-by-step guides will get you through the process. There are some Halloween makeup ideas that require products you probably already have in your home! Once you’ve tackled the tutorial, try crafting the rest of your costume with one of these simple DIYs.

1. Poison Ivy

DC Comics fans, this one’s for you. With just a few items (and a steady hand), you can look exactly like one of Batman’s enemies with this tutorial.

SHOP IVY GARLAND

2. Cheshire Cat

Alice in Wonderland fans, rejoice. If you want a fun, spooky Halloween makeup look, get face paint and transform into the famous Cheshire Cat.

3. Zombie

Nothing is more terrifying than the walking dead. This makeup tutorial shows you how to make it look like the real(ish) thing.

Mehron Makeup Premium Character Kit (Zombie)

4. Cat

Watch makeup artist Sarah Ahmad transform this woman into a feisty feline using black facial paint and gold rhinestones.

SHOP BLACK FACIAL PAINT

5. Vampire

Ahmad’s Victorian-inspired vampire makeup is both scary and fabulous. See how she makes it happen with a surprise object and, of course, plenty of fake blood.

SHOP FAKE BLOOD

5. Unicorn

What’s not to love about wearing a rainbow wig, glow-in-the-dark unicorn horn, and rhinestones? Exactly.

SHOP EYESHADOW PALETTE

7. Scarecrow

Is a pumpkin patch (or Halloween party) really complete without a scarecrow? With orange and black makeup, you can easily be mistaken for the classic Wizard of Oz character (well, sort of).

SHOP FACE PAINT PALETTE

8. Butterfly Filter

Snapchat filters don’t just come in creepy form — there are plenty of pretty ones like this golden butterfly look. Radiant highlighter, soft pink lips, and fluttery eyelashes make this an elegant Halloween costume option.

SHOP HIGHLIGHTER

9. Emoji

If you spend all your time texting, why not transform your face into an emoji for Halloween? This tutorial shows how to create five different expressions using just a few products.

SHOP YELLOW FACE PAINT