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Believe it or not, there’s a good chance you already own everything you need to put together a memorable Halloween makeup look. While some of us are so utterly obsessed with Halloween that we think up plans, parties and costume ideas months in advance, we’d still say that the majority of us are big ol’ procrastinators. Throwing together a last-minute Halloween look is sometimes just the way it goes. With spooky festivities fast approaching, we’ve got a few low-maintenance Halloween ideas for you to try using makeup products you already own.


Halloween Must-Have #1: Black Eyeliner

Black eyeliner is like your fairy godmother come Halloween. You can use it to draw on whiskers and be a fierce feline or a cute, button-nosed mouse. You can also use it to create cobwebs around your eyes using this stencil or as a detailer for a sugar skull face. No matter your costume, there’s surely a way to use eyeliner to make it that much better.


Try: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Flash Cat Eye

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Halloween Must-Have #2: Setting Powder

Don’t be afraid to layer (and layer and layer) your setting powder to instantly become a mime, clown or, our personal favorite, a spooky ghost. 


Try: Dermablend Loose Setting Powder 

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Halloween Must-Have #3: Red Lipstick

While red lipstick is an obvious staple all year long, there’s no time like Halloween to really put the crimson shade to work. A liquid formula can take you from vampire to bloody bride in seconds, and you can even use a red lipstick with black eyeliner and setting powder to create a zombie look.


Try: Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Pioneer 

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Halloween Must-Have #4: Contouring Palette

On any other day, blending your contour is of the utmost importance, but not today. Dramatically contour and highlight your face, and don’t blend it at all. This finish will transform you into any exaggerated pop culture icon or celebrity.


Try: Revolution Beauty Ultra Cream Contour Palette 

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Halloween Must-Have #5: Bright Eyeshadow

Chances are it isn’t every day that you debut your bright eyeshadow, which makes Halloween the perfect time to make use of it. Pair a seriously blue smoky eye with a fierce cat eye to channel Cleopatra. You can also create a cute clown face by drawing diamond shapes around the eyes.


Try: NYX Professional Makeup Modern Dreamer Shadow Palette 

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Halloween Must-Have #6: Fake Lashes

Let’s be real: No Halloween look (whether purchased or thrown together last minute) is complete without long, dramatic faux lashes. Black liner and a pair of over-the-top lashes are all you need to recreate this ’60s-Inspired Twiggy costume for Halloween


Try: Kiss USA Blowout Lash MultiPack in Beehive 

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