7 Halloween Makeup Tutorials for a Last-Minute Costume

September 25, 2023
Ariel Wodarcyk
By: Ariel Wodarcyk | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
Photo of a person with dark hair wearing glam makeup and a flapper costume
Halloween always seems to creep up out of nowhere year after year. So if you’re behind in planning a spooky look for the big night, fear not — we’ve got you covered. Grab your makeup bag and keep reading because we’re rounding up easy Halloween makeup tutorials that will help you pull off a last-minute costume, ahead.

Forest Fairy Makeup Tutorial

Go green this Halloween with this forest fairy makeup look. Add a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Moondust Eyeshadow in Space Cowboy on top of your green shadow for a truly ethereal, otherworldly look.

Vampire Makeup Tutorial

For an easy Halloween makeup look with a bite, try this DIY vampire look. Simple yet striking, this classic Halloween costume can go a long way with some blood red lipstick and a sharp winged eye. We recommend the Valentino Beauty Valentino Rosso Lipstick in Etheral Red Satin and L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Eyeliner in Black for a dramatic effect.

Glam Skull Makeup Tutorial

This skull makeup tutorial takes a little more time and patience to execute than some of the other looks on this list, but the results are well worth it. Face gems are a must for taking your costume from ghoulish to glam, as is a long-lasting black lipstick (NYX Professional Makeup Lip Lingerie XXL Matte Liquid Lipstick in Naughty Noir is perfect for the task). Pro tip: the NYX Professional Makeup SFX Face & Body Paint Sticks will make drawing this spooky skull surprisingly simple.

Pink Mermaid Makeup Tutorial

Once you apply your foundation, use a palette like the Urban Decay Naked3 Eyeshadow Palette to create a shimmery pink eyeshadow look, then finish with a bold wing (we suggest the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liquid Eyeliner). To achieve the scale effect, grab a pair of fishnet stockings or a wig cap. In this tutorial, YouTuber @NikkieTutorials uses a beauty sponge and the Maybelline New York Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in the shade Dreamer to stamp on her scales. 

Evil Queen Makeup Tutorial

This makeup may look intricate, but it really only requires three products: black eyeshadow, red eyeshadow and a blood red lipstick. It’s the perfect mix of creepy and alluring.

1920s Flapper Turned Zombie Makeup Tutorial

For a truly unique look this Halloween, try this 1920s flapper zombie makeup by Taylor Anise. The haunted twist on the old-school look is sure to steal the show on October 31. To enhance the undead effect, apply a touch of the Maybelline New York SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick in Thrill Seeker.

5 Mini Makeup Tutorials

Still at a loss for what to dress up as? We can’t get over Ashley Quiroz’s devil look in this compilation of five quick, easy Halloween makeup looks. No matter what look you choose, don’t forget to make it last all night with a powerful setting spray, like NYX Professional Makeup Matte Setting Spray.
Photo: @ASHLEVI, Design: Juliana Campisi

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