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9 Halloween makeup ideas

With these winning makeup looks, you won't need to bother with a costume.

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If you’ve left Halloween to the last minute or you’re not looking to spend a fortune, why not let your makeup be your costume? Most of these makeup looks can be created with products you already own and simply matched with a black dress — you don’t have to spend a dime. And you can adapt these looks to be unisex, too, if your partner or friends are looking to match.

Sugar skull or Day of the Dead makeup tutorial

Why this video:

The finished product looks absolutely stunning and complex. But in reality, this tutorial is rather simple. Even if you’re not that talented with a makeup brush, you’ll be able to pull this off. Plus, this makeup is a Halloween costume in itself. Wear this look with any black dress you own and you’re good to go.


Vampire Halloween makeup tutorial

Why this video:

This is another great tutorial for beginners. If you don’t know how to contour or have difficulty blending, almost every step is shown on camera so you can see exactly how to do it. And because this look is so striking, you won’t need anything other than the makeup to pull off the vampire look. Just wear any black dress you already own and you’ll look like a creature of the night. The only thing you may need to buy is fake blood.


Mermaid makeup tutorial featuring NYX Avant Pop Palette

Why this video:

This mermaid tutorial is slightly more complex than others, but the payoff is amazing. The end result is gorgeous and totally Instagram worthy. You’ll have to dig out those neon green and blue eyeshadow shades you never use. But if you don’t have any, don’t worry. The NYX palette used in this video is extremely affordable. Accessorize this makeup with a maxi skirt and a little crop top or bralette.


Suicide Squad Harley Quinn glam makeup tutorial

Why this video:

Fans of NikkieTutorials can confirm that this channel has some of the best makeup tutorials out there – and this is easily the best Harley Quinn makeup tutorial we’ve seen. If you’ve already got your Harley Quinn costume together and you’re looking for the perfect makeup to top it off, this is the video you need.


Kylie Jenner makeup transformation

Why this video:

Dope2111 is an expert at makeup transformations, and can do anyone from Angelina Jolie to Zayn Malik. This Kylie Jenner transformation is very easy to follow and has a great payoff. You most likely already own everything you need to recreate this look, so it’s an affordable costume idea that won’t require the sewing machine. Mix this look with a figure-hugging dress and you’re ready to hit the town.


Ripped skin facial injury for Halloween

Why this video:

Chloe Morello narrates an easy-to-follow special effects makeup tutorial for Halloween. Unless you’re a professional, you probably will have to buy a few things to complete this look, like liquid latex and scar wax. But this look is still more affordable than most other Halloween costumes, and it looks way more impressive. The best part is, you can wear comfy clothes and not get stuck in a superhero outfit all night.


Pretty witch makeup tutorial

Why this video:

Witch costumes are a Halloween classic, and this look is easy to follow and uses affordable NYX products. Once you’ve completed this makeup look, put on a black dress and grab a broom. You’ll look like you put in loads of effort without actually spending any money.


Jessica Rabbit makeup transformation

Why this video:

Here’s another amazing makeup transformation from YouTuber Dope2111. If you want to go as Jessica Rabbit, this is the makeup look you need to pull your costume together. All you have to do now is find a red dress and wig. Check out our sexy Halloween costume guide for some inspiration to complete your look.


Princess Jasmine makeup

Why this video:

Princess Jasmine costumes are always popular come Halloween, especially after the release of the live-action Aladdin film. This video shows you step-by-step how to create the perfect Princess Jasmine eye makeup. It is rather intricate, but you probably already have all the products you’ll need to pull it off.

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