Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas

By: Alicia

Halloween is almost here, and I could not be more excited. It’s every makeup artist’s favorite holiday. But I hate having to buy a brand new costume, makeup, decorations and more every year. Last year, Americans spent $6.9 billion on Halloween! Since I don’t have tons of cash to blow, I’m all about using props and costumes I already own to stretch my dollar. If you’re like me, one way to save is using makeup you already own to complete your costume. You don’t need to spend tons of money on special effects makeup to bring your costume to life. I’ve put together three looks using beauty makeup you probably already own. So instead of buying a new Halloween costume, splurge on that bag of fun size candy bars you have no intention of handing out….no judgement here.

1. Prep your clean face with primer if you have it. I skipped primer since I knew I wasn't going to wear my ghost makeup all day. I did use NYX Eye Shadow Base – High Definition primer on my eyelids, though. I love that stuff! If you don’t have primers, that’s ok, but I recommend getting some and wearing them every day to help makeup last longer. Next, I covered my entire face and décolletage with a foundation color lighter than my skin.  I covered my lips, eyebrows and eyelids with it too! Everything needs to look pale. If you’ve ever purchased the wrong shade of foundation, this is the perfect time to use it.

2. After foundation, I used a pale concealer to whiten my brows and lips further. If you really want your brows to disappear, you can block them out with a glue stick. I just wanted mine to look more aged. I used Kat Von D Lock It concealer.

3. I used my Naked Smoky palette for the rest of my ghost makeup, but you can use any grey or black eye shadows you may have. Using a light grey color and a fluffy eyeshadow brush, I darkened any areas that sink inward – my eye sockets, cheekbones, temples, under my collarbones, etc.  I made sure to blend so nothing looked too sharp or messy.

4. With a darker grey color, I shaded in areas I wanted to appear even more concave. I really wanted my face to look sunken, so I placed dark color in the crease of my eyelid, in the middle of my cheeks, in the inside of the eyes and in the center of my temples. I also put the dark color on my chest to make my bones stick out more.

That’s all you need to do to complete you ghost costume! I love this look because you can dress it up in lots of different ways – corpse bride, vintage ghost, or with a little red lipstick and fake blood, vampire.

1. I applied my foundation and concealer like I normally do. I typically place concealer under my eyes, on my nose, on my chin and sometimes on my forehead to highlight those portions of my face. If you have oily skin, I recommend setting your face with powder so it lasts all night.

2. I contoured my face with Anastasia Beverly Hills medium powder contour kit. Superheroes have chiseled features I totally lack. Fake it til' you make it.

3. Using a liquid liner pen, I outlined a basic mask shape. Once I had the shape I wanted, I used my pen to fill in the entire mask. I used my Too Faced Sketch Marker pen. You’ll need to use a lot of liquid liner to fill your mask, so if you have drugstore eyeliner, I recommend using that instead. Using an eyeliner pencil, I filled in my waterline. I avoided putting the liquid liner on my lid because I don’t like the way that feels when I blink. It feels really drying. Instead, I got an eye shadow brush wet and dipped it in black eye shadow. Then I used that on my lids. Getting a brush wet saturates the eye shadow color so it looks really dark when applied.

4. Using a smudge brush and grey eye shadow, I added shadows around my mask. I placed the shadows on the bridge of my nose, under the mask and right above it.

5. I wanted to go with a classic superhero look, so I chose a red lipstick to complete my makeup. I used NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Cherry Skies.

You can use this easy makeup look for any superhero or super villain you want to be. Experiment with different mask shapes to see which design  makes you feel especially heroic.

1. First, I applied my foundation, concealer and eyebrow makeup. I also applied my eye primer to avoid creasing.

2. For a sexy look, I wanted to do dark, smoky eyes. I used both grey and black shades in my Naked Smoky palette. If you really want to glam up the look, you could add false lashes.

3. Using the same eye shadow palette, I drew a skull cheekbone on each side of my face. I made sure the blend out the grey and then added a darker shade in the middle and blended that out, as well.

4. To complete my sexy skull, I drew a skull nose on with liquid liner. I also placed concealer over my lips and drew lines vertically across my lips to make teeth. You could spend more time on this step and draw your teeth in a more realistic manner. Since I wanted this to be a simple makeup, I drew straight lines.

5: Eat, drink and be scary! Set your face with a setting spray and you’re ready!

I hope these easy Halloween looks inspire you and help you create an amazing costume! Get out there, and get your ghoul on.

You can find Alicia online on her Facebook and Instagram!

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