25 Mind-Blowing Makeup Ideas to Try for Halloween

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It’s that time of year when your experimental makeup comes out and your creative side shows! When guys and girls are trying to impress friends with their makeup techniques. Of course, it’s Halloween!

Every year, many people make an effort and try to “shock” more than the previous year. I have to admit and say that Halloween competitions can sometimes be tough!  I’ve been to a few Halloween fancy dress parties and I’m amazed how fantastic and scary people look.

We are still in September so you still have time to practice and prepare.  Looking at the makeup ideas below, I think you will agree that practice does make perfect.

Makeup Ideas for Halloween

1. Terminator Makeup Look

For all the Terminator fans! Do you love the Terminator movies?  We sure do, so why not try this out for Halloween? The trick is to make sure you get the metal to look like metal by using different shades.

For the red eye, if you’re not a fan of wearing contact lenses, use your makeup to draw on the red dot on your eyelid.  Just remember to wink whenever you want to show it off!

Half Face Terminator Makeup Look for Halloween

Source: @brittanyivery

Check out the tutorial:


2. Gypsy Fortune Teller

Gypsy fortune tellers and Halloween are the perfect combination. There’s something mysterious and scary about fortune tellers.  Maybe because they can see into the future! This makeup looks fabulous and especially with the heavy eyes and forehead. Finish the look by wearing brightly coloured eye contact lenses.

Gypsy Fortune Teller Halloween Makeup

Source: @beauty.x.jenna

3. Unzipped Zipper

Oh no, she has been unzipped!  This is for all you girls that want to still wear your daily heavy makeup look but with a Halloween edge. This is what happens when someone unzips you!  This looks great (and scary)! Go for a dark purple lipstick that stands out.

Tutorial on this look is here:

4. Black Sugar Skull Makeup Look

Take a moment to appreciate this look! OK, so this does look a little detailed and intricate but quite easy to achieve. Start with your base colour, then add your pattern and start to shade.  It doesn’t have to match this look exactly, but this does look amazing.

Scary All Black Sugar Skull Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @dehsonae

5. Cartoon Half Man, Half Woman

Everyone loves cartoons but you can turn them into a freaky Halloween look. This look is one of our favourites.  It’s not scary but it’s freaky in a different way. Halloween is all about shocking people and this certainly does that!

Cartoon Half Man Half Woman Halloween Makeup

Source: @kandeejohnson

Full tutorial on this look is below. Enjoy!

6. Half Face Skeleton Makeup + Red Glitter

Go for the classic skeleton look. Add cheekbones and shading to create the effect.  You don’t have to do your whole face, this half-face style looks just as good as a full makeup face. Add red glitter to your “makeup” teeth for the bloody effect and to add a bit of colour and glam!

Red Glitter Half Face Skeleton Makeup Look for Halloween

Source: @maddskully

7. White Rabbit Makeup (Alice in Wonderland)

Everyone who know Alice in Wonderland will appreciate this look. Be warned, you do need a lot of white powder so check your makeup bag before starting!  You might need to pop to the local store to buy more. Concentrate on your face but also add a few details to your forehead and neck. Oh and don’t forget the props! For more pictures on this look, check out Jenna’s Instagram page.

White Rabbit Alice in Wonderland Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @beauty.x.jenna

8. Green Pop Art Zombie

What can we say about this! It’s amazing, fantastic and most of all, it’s green! The other colours used make the green pop out even more so. Try to keep to the same colours purple, orange, blue and they need to be bold bright colours. We love how the makeup isn’t just on her face, it’s continues down on her body too. Perfect if you plan on wearing a low cut dress.

Green Pop Art Zombie Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @beautygonebad

9. Pixelated Face

It looks like a computer game! This may send your eyes funny whilst looking at it but that’s the idea! Practice this look a few times beforehand and if you do go wrong, I doubt anyone will even notice, so go with the pixels!

Pixelated Face Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @ekilateral

Similar tutorial on this look is here:

10. Butterfly Skeleton Look

Fancy something different this year? Maybe you had the skeleton last year and need to vamp it up a little, if so, take a look at this! It’s a butterfly-skeleton design.  Heavy eye makeup with the butterfly effect.

Need a video tutorial? Check it out below!


11. Puzzle Makeup Look

Make your puzzle. This can be any type of puzzle you wish.  This is a classic jigsaw that screams Halloween. Keep your eyes and lips basic with your favourite makeup and go heavy with the white paint and the eyeliner to create the puzzle pieces. Products used: Snazzaro white paint, Inglot black liner, Mac liner is shade ‘Redd’.

Puzzle Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @thepowderrooom

12. Galaxy Makeup

Feeling starry? This will definitely stand out. It sparkles, shines and most of all, looks fab! Make sure you have specific makeup for this.  It must be shimmery and sparkly. Having the blue lips, just adds that extra touch.

Galaxy Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @giuliannaa

Tutorial for the look is below:

13. Scary Ripped Face Look

We are going to warn you now, if you are squeamish, look away now and don’t look down! This is gore! This is a Halloween look that has been taken to another level. To be honest, not everyone will know how to create this.  You will need a face mask for the peeling effect. This could take a few hours so be prepared to sit for a long period of time… it will be worth it!

Scary Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @jessymalone123

14. Pretty Cheetah Makeup Look

If animals are your thing, check this out. This is a pretty cheetah style that will show off your beauty and even look furry!

15. Black & White Marilyn Monroe

We love Marilyn Monroe and if you had the chance to go to a Halloween party as her, you would definitely do so! Keep the simplicity, class and elegance with you by making your face into a black and white Marilyn Monroe. The trick is to get the shading and contrast perfect. All you need is a wig and a sexy black dress.

Black White Marilyn Monroe Halloween Makeup

Source: @kandeejohnson

Tutorial on this look is here:

16. Stained Glass Skull

This look is a cross between pretty and scary, which are two words you wouldn’t usually use in the same sentence. You can see how much work and effect has gone into this. The colours make it stand out and the little detailing, looks amazing. The hollow eyes add to the skull look whilst the pattern shows off the stained glass style.

Stained Glass Skull Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @maddskully

17. Bride of Frankenstein

Frankenstein is a classic character to portray for Halloween. Quite a simple and easy makeup look to achieve. Keep you face quite basic and concentrate on the next, chest and arms.

18. Black and Gold Glitter Skeleton

We love this look. It has everything you need for Halloween – glitter, skeleton and sexiness!

Black and Gold Glitter Skeleton Makeup Look for Halloween

Source: @jadedeacon

19. Wood Doll

Be a haunted wooden doll this Halloween. Looking like Pinocchio is a freaky and great look for Halloween. Make sure you add a touch of colour to your lips and cheeks.

20. Glittery Sugar Skull

Everyone loves a bit of glitter. If you’re going to a Halloween party, the glitter will look incredible under the lighting. Focus on your fake teeth and chin for this look.

21. Broken Doll

Porcelain dolls are a popular choice for Halloween. We can see why!

Broken Doll Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @hazelsheart

22. Scary Can SFX Makeup

Do you still want to feel sexy on Halloween night?  Well as sexy as you can with a can sticking out of your eye, then this is for you. If you have a weak stomach, then maybe this isn’t for you. The gore around the eye can be a little scary. Quite simple to create as all the Halloween makeup look is around one eye and the rest of your face is your daily/evening makeup.

Scary SFX Can Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @thepowderrooom

Need a tutorial? Here it is!

23. Space Skull Makeup

Do you want that “wow” effect?  Take a look at this. To us, this is the wow” effect. It’s bold, it shines and it still has the Halloween vibe.

Video tutorial on this look is here:

24. Purple & Gold Sugar Skull

If you have the time, we suggest this look. We know what you’re thinking, I can’t do this!  If you break the pattern down, it doesn’t look as hard. If you want to impress your friends and family, then get practicing this now. This look has gorgeous colours and a very girly vibe.

25. Two Faced Look

This look will mess with people’s minds. You will need to practice your nose, lips and eyebrow drawing to pull this one off. You’ll need to apply your makeup to one of your eyes upside down.  We don’t mean literally, but think of your eyelid as the bottom of your eye, your waterline.  Then you”ll be able to figure it out! Make sure you choose a different colour lipstick as to the one you’re actually wearing, for your “fake” lips.

Two Faced Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @giuliannaa

Two faced tutorial by Giulianna Maria on YouTube: