It’s the second week of October which means one thing and one thing only… Halloween is looming! Regardless of whether you’re spending the night in with friends scaring yourself silly and watching horror films or you plan on painting the town red, Halloween makeup is the easy way to look creepy without much effort. Plus, it’s cheap, easy and super fun to do. From the classic cat cop-out to a crazy clown, take inspiration from our round up of the 10 best spooky looks…
1. Celestial Cool
Not in the market for a scary skeleton or blood-laden vampire? Opt for something pretty instead. Up a whopping 158% on Pinterest’s search bar, celestial makeup is having a moment and is really easy to do. Dab a mixture of lilac and midnight blue eyeshadow across the nose and under the eyes and finish with a sprinkling of stars. Top tip? Try Lottie London Star stamp, £5.45.
Far prettier than the Tim Burton classic, layer on purple eyeshadow and invest in a green wig…or slather on L’Oreal Colorista Hair Makeup in green from roots to tips, £6.99, up to you!
3. The Pumpkin
No Halloween costume? Don’t sweat. This pumpkin face is a definite head turner and can be paired with a simple black ensemble. Layer on the orange face paint, followed by soft vertical lines and finish with matte black lips and eyes for a pop of drama.
4. Mermaid Queen
A long plait, some netting and lots of blue glitter will instantly transform you into a mystical mermaid creature.
5. Harley Quinn
Channel your inner psycho with this Harley Quinn inspired makeup. Apply blocks of red and blue eyeshadow over and under eyes and finish with some sparkle – for an easy all in one go for The Gypsy Shrine Halloween face jewels, £10.
6. The Cute Cat
Granted, a cat is a bit of a cop out when it comes to fancy dress, but if you’re short of time it’s an easy solution (alternatively check out our last-minute Halloween makeup ideas here). All you need is a liquid black liner and a pair of ears and voila! You’re good to go. To take it up a notch and add some metallic glitter across the lids.
7. Spider Eyes
If you’re not one to go full frontal with Halloween makeup, try a spooky spider eye instead. The trick here is to use different textures of black to bring those spindly legs to life, layer liquid liner over a kohl pencil and keep the rest of your makeup pared back and simple.
8. The Crazy Clown
There is no better excuse than Halloween to get experimental with colour. So, put down the bronze eyeshadows and nude lipsticks and go for something vibrant. We’re obsessed with these sunset-shade lids – less creepy clown, more cute clown.
9. The Spooky Skeleton
If your normal day look involves baking and heavy contouring, this one is for you. Start by brushing translucent powder all over, then carve out your cheekbones and darken your eyes with your favourite smoky palette and you’ve got yourself a peaky looking skull.
10. The Power Pop Art
Put those art skills to the test and have a go at creating this Lichtenstein inspired pop art look. All you need is a red lipstick, black liner and a steady hand.
And if Halloween makeup is completely outside your skill-set, download the Ruuby app (dubbed the ‘uber of beauty’) and a beauty therapist will arrive at your home within 90 minutes to morph you into your desired spooky self.