32 Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas That Range From Cute to Scary
Halloween brings out two types of people: the ones who dedicate time to create and present outrageous costumes, and the ones who throw on some cat whiskers and call it a day. Some people have their Halloween costume planned months in advance, but for others, a last-minute, no-fuss look is all they need to get in the spirit. This Halloween, let your makeup do the talking, and your costume can be as simple as you want.
Putting together both a costume and makeup takes more energy than you might think, which is why we're fans of keeping things simple with easy Halloween makeup ideas. When you don't have time to frantically shop for every component needed for your outfit, sticking with some Halloween eye makeup, like a quick skeleton makeup look or a Disney-inspired makeup idea, is the way to go.
We've searched YouTube for simple Halloween makeup looks that are fairly easy to re-create, ranging from the classics, like deer, dolls, and giraffes, to trends, like your favorite TikTok videos and "Barbie"-inspired looks. Whether you're more into cute Halloween makeup that'll impress or a lover of all things horror and on the hunt for scary Halloween makeup ideas to blow everyone away, there's something for you.
Get ready to impress everyone with these beginner Halloween makeup ideas. And best of all, they likely use products you already have on hand.
Cute Halloween Makeup Ideas
Scary Halloween Makeup Ideas
- Pennywise, Skull, and Vampire Makeup
- "Bride of Chucky" Makeup
- Skeleton Makeup
- Little Red Riding Hood Makeup
- Morticia Addams Makeup
- Skull Makeup
- "AHS" Witch of the Woods Makeup
- Vampire Makeup
- Glam Mummy Makeup
- Devil Makeup
- Half-Skull Makeup
- Clown, Bat, and Devil Makeup
- "Black Swan" Makeup
- Eleven From "Stranger Things" Makeup
- Creepy Doll Makeup
- "AHS" The Countess Makeup
- Beetlejuice Makeup
- Wednesday Addams Makeup
- Spider Makeup
- Ghost Makeup
— Additional reporting by Clara Amelia, Jessica Harrington, and Ariel Baker
Easy Wednesday Addams Halloween Makeup
This tutorial proves that it doesn't take much to channel your inner Wednesday Addams; just a bit of pale foundation, a strong contour, and a deep purple lip.
Easy Spider Halloween Makeup
For a bit of drama (and maybe even a few screams), opt for this hyper-realistic spider-legs eye makeup look this Halloween.
Easy Pumpkin Halloween Makeup
Nothing says Halloween like some good old-fashioned pumpkin makeup. If you prefer something a bit less menacing than a scary Jack-o'-lantern, opt for an orange tone around the perimeters of your face and highlight features like your nose or lips in black. Then let the rest of your costume bring it home.
Easy Ghost Halloween Makeup
Ghost makeup is possibly the easiest Halloween makeup to do simply because all you need is some white or grey face paint and a black eyeliner. Make your eyes and lips darker as this creator did and you'll be spooking neighborhood kids in no time.
Easy Deer Halloween Makeup
Calling all animal-lovers: to re-create this adorable and quick deer makeup look, start by highlighting under your eyes and contouring the cheekbones and around the hairline. Add white dots to the areas you contoured, and don't forget a darker upper lip.
Easy Skull Halloween Makeup
It's impossible to go wrong with a skull look as an easy makeup for Halloween. This creator adds an extra (and super-easy) step: after creating the mouth and teeth outline, use a white foundation or face paint to make it look more realistic.
Easy Cat Halloween Makeup
We already know cat Halloween costumes are incredibly easy to re-create, but this creator took it one (easy) step further by adding fake whiskers with black eyeliner.
Easy Doll Halloween Makeup
If you want to look super cute but just as creepy as the other scary costumes, try this doll makeup look. The white eyeliner under the eyes along with fake eyelashes in the lower lash line are essential to making this look ominous. Don't forget to apply lots of blush in a circle shape.
Easy Morticia Addams Halloween Makeup
"The Addams Family" is one of the most iconic Halloween movies. Its matriarch, Morticia Addams, makes for a quick and elegant costume. The makeup look requires gray eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, dark red lipstick, and Morticia's signature long, straight black hair.
Easy Half-Skull Halloween Makeup
A half-skull makeup look only requires black and white face paint, along with a smoky eye.
Easy Devil Halloween Makeup
Devils are a timeless look for the Halloween season. Use red eyeshadow to contour your cheekbones, apply red lipstick, and wear the classic red horns.
Easy Mermaid Halloween Makeup
To re-create this whimsical mermaid look, start with a glam makeup routine. From there, add blue eyeshadow in a thin line under the eyes, and apply blue and green glitter around the eyeshadow, extending it upward toward the temples.
Easy Jester Clown Halloween Makeup
This tutorial features an incredibly easy, gothic jester-clown look. All you need is black eyeliner, black lipstick, and gray eyeshadow.
Easy Vampire Halloween Makeup
This tutorial features a super-quick vampire look. You'll need dark smoky-eye makeup, fake lashes, and red lipstick, as well as fake blood and white contact lenses.
Easy Halloween Makeup For "AHS"'s Witch of the Woods
"American Horror Story" produces amazing binge-watching material for Halloween, and some of the makeup looks on the show are fairly easy to re-create, like the Witch of the Woods from the "Roanoke" chapter. For the eyes, use different light shades of pink and purple and smoky eyeliner. Apply the lightest shade of nude or pink lipstick, and throw on some small horns.
Easy Beetlejuice Halloween Makeup
Got some purple and green eyeshadow lying around? Try stealing Beetlejuice's look this Halloween with white foundation and black lipstick, along with the titular character's signature color combination.
Easy Bunny Halloween Makeup
Bunny makeup for Halloween is another look perfect for animal-lovers. The light-pink eyeshadow around the eyes and nose makes it look more elegant.
Easy "Black Swan" Halloween Makeup
This frightening "Black Swan" makeup look is perfect for Halloween. To start, you'll need white foundation, black and silver eyeshadow, and creepy red and black contact lenses.
Easy Halloween Makeup For "AHS"'s the Countess
If you have a platinum wig or hair already that color, the Countess's makeup from "American Horror Story" is a perfect last-minute look for you. Apply brown eyeliner and eyeshadow for the eyes and concealer to give your brows a bleached effect. You'll also need a deep-red lip and silver body paint or a silver glove for the Countess's left arm.
Easy Mummy Halloween Makeup
To re-create this glam mummy look, you'll need a foundation in a lighter shade, white contact lenses, and smoky-eye makeup. Heavily contour your cheekbones to make your mummy look super creepy.
Easy Eleven From "Stranger Things" Halloween Makeup
Eleven's look from season one of "Stranger Things" has been a popular Halloween costume since the show came out back in 2016. To re-create it, you'll need a blond wig, a pink dress, a blue jacket, and fake blood for Eleven's infamous nosebleeds.
Easy Giraffe Halloween Makeup
This tutorial features a cute and easy giraffe makeup look. Add fun extra touches like big, fake eyelashes and two space buns to resemble a giraffe's horn-like forehead.
Easy "Bride of Chucky" Halloween Makeup
This "Bride of Chucky" makeup look is perfect if you're looking for a simple Halloween costume that's both sinister and rock-'n'-roll. Start by darkening your eyebrows and applying dark red, brown, and black eyeshadow. Add black lipstick and a fake mole using eyeliner, and you're good to go.
Easy Mad Hatter Halloween Makeup
Re-create this stunning Mad Hatter look by starting with white foundation as your base and blending your most colorful eyeshadow shades around the eyes and cheekbones. Apply dramatic fake eyelashes and glitter under the eyes.
Easy Comic-Book Halloween Makeup
As seen in this tutorial, comic-book makeup — aka pop-art makeup — can take many different forms. One way to go about your comic-book makeup is to use black face paint to create outlines and white dots on certain parts of your face to give it an animated look. If you add rhinestones to the white dots, like this creator did, you'll look like a shimmery comic-book page come to life.
Easy Pennywise Halloween Makeup
Vampires, killer clowns, and skulls are timeless and easy Halloween makeup looks that require a very short list of products. Both Pennywise and the vampire look require red lipstick and eyeshadow, while the skull needs black eyeliner and eyeshadow. Colored contact lenses can be a fun touch on all three looks.
Easy Little Red Riding Hood Halloween Makeup
This tutorial features a stunning and mysterious approach to Little Red Riding Hood. To re-create it, you'll need a shimmery, smoky eye with fake eyelashes and red lipstick. This creator uses sculpting wax for the fake scratch, but applying fake blood in four rugged lines and brown eyeshadow around them is a good alternative.
Easy Betty Boop Halloween Makeup
Betty Boop is one of the most recognizable cartoon figures of all time. Add white eyeliner to your lower lash line along with a bold red lip and fake eyelashes.
Easy Skeleton Halloween Makeup
For a skeleton look, the only products you'll need are black and brown eyeshadow, black liner, and fake lashes or your most powerful mascara. Give your skeleton look a grunge feel by adding more shading: add a little eyeshadow in between your eyebrows, and blend in an upward direction.
Easy Clown, Bat, and Devil Halloween Makeup
If you're just hours away from your Halloween festivities, these three last-minute makeup tutorials are for you. Choose from a devil, sinister clown, or vampire. You won't even need red horns to dress up as the devil because you can draw them in, like this creator did.