Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than dressing up for Halloween. Whether you are going trick or treating, or attending a Halloween party, there are many looks to choose from. From scary witches to playful pumpkins, the opportunities are endless. But it isn’t just a costume you need to worry about – your make up can make or break a look. To help you out with the creative process, take a look at some of our top Halloween make up ideas and tricks.
Before thinking about your Halloween, make up look, make sure you start with a fresh face. Your skin should be cleansed and moisturised in order to create a good piece to put your make up on top.
Make up primer will help your face paint last longer. Add a layer underneath the face paint. This helps the product go on smoothly and stick to your skin.
Zombie movies are a firm Halloween favourite. Transform yourself into a dead mindless zombie by using a pale or grey foundation. Use dark eyeshadow to hollow out your skin and eyes. Fake blood and scars on your face will add that extra zombie apocalypse vibe.
One of the most popular looks for Halloween is a wicked witch. For this make up look, use a grey or green base for scary skin. Add black eyeliner and shadow and dark lipstick for more detail. If you want to go even further, a fake crooked witch’s nose will top off the look.
There is no Halloween without pumpkins. Pumpkins are a cute and classic costume that are simple to do. Paint your entire face orange before adding in a dark black around your eyes and mouth for where you have been carved. For a finishing touch, add a little green stalk on top of your head.
If you have limited supplies, a great skeleton design can be completed just with two colours – black and white. A white base with black accents and shading can be extremely effective. Adding teeth across your mouth and lips adds a creepy effect while shading out your cheekbones helps with the gaunt skeleton look.
Think scary but sexy at the same time and you’ll nail this look. Vampy, sexy Transylvanians are a hit at every party. Start with a pale base of foundation before adding vampy black or dark purple eyeshadow and a classic dark red lip. Accessories should include vampire fangs and some fake blood for a tasty look!
For a more glamorous look, why not take inspiration from the Sirens of the Sea. Mermaids are enchanting creatures and shimmer in the vast ocean. Your make up should include:
Who knows, in this design, you might meet your Prince and live happily ever after – just like Ariel.
The Mexican Festival of the Dead is famous for its sugar skull design. This design is very popular for Halloween make up. You can personalise your design with different shapes and colours. Add flower details and traditional designs for an eye-catching look. There are many examples on social media to take inspiration from.
There is nothing creepier than a lonely clown on Halloween. With so many famous clowns to choose from, there are a number of different make up designs to choose from. Start with a classic base of white face paint, before adding creepy weeping or dark eyes and a signature red wide smile. Crazy, brightly coloured hair combined with this make up is sure to give people a fright.
Halloween is the one time of your where you can get away with looking like whatever you want. From wacky make up to bold costumes, you can go for the scare factor or a glamorous design. We hope you take some inspiration from our ideas above, but most importantly that you have a great time on this special night. So grab your make up brushes and get started!
Start with an oil-based cleanser or micellar water. This will help take most of your make up off. For bold make up, you may need to do this step more than once.
Absolutely! Regular make up can be used for Halloween. If you are looking for a bolder look, however, face paint can appear more opaque.
Add a primer at the start to help your make up stick. After you have finished, use a setting spray. This will help your make up last a long time. Try and not touch your face, as this can rub off the product.
As with any product on your face, there is a risk of allergic reaction. Test your make up before on a small patch of skin, to ensure it doesn’t irritate it.
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