5 Last Minute DIY Halloween Makeup Looks

I love Halloween. I’m 100% unashamed of that fact. I trick-or-treated until way past the “socially acceptable” age, love Hocus Pocus with all of my heart, and am all about ghouls and ghosts and goblins. Another thing I love? DIY-ing costumes. It’s infinitely more fun for me to get creative and come up with a fun costume with Halloween Makeup and clothes I already own than pick something up at the Halloween store.

I have a few Halloween posts coming this year, but I wanted to kick things off by polishing up this post that was originally published in 2015 (when I was just a wee blogger!)

I love Halloween looks with intricate makeup because beyond that, your costume itself doesn’t really matter. You can dress cute and comfy and people are still able to tell what you are. Throw on a few relevant accessories and bam – you’ve got yourself a costume worth of ‘best dressed’ at your Halloween Party.

I put the looks in order building up to my favorite and I’ve got a few tips and tricks under each!

My Halloween Toolkit

I used makeup I already had in my arsenal, but I rounded up a few products that might help you achieve these looks.

Halloween Makeup!

Creepy Doll Makeup


So as far as Halloween Makeup goes, this one was definitely really easy! I just put on some pale foundation, painted on doll like lips, and exaggerated the size of my eyes. This one was lacking a bit of the ‘creep’ factor I was going for, and I really think that could be reconciled with some creepily light contacts. (I tried to achieve this in Lightroom, but I failed and had to settle with somewhat blue eyes.) I also took another step to step up the creep factor but you will find that further down the list!

What you’ll need:

  • Light Foundation
  • Red Lipstick
  • Black Eyeliner
  • White Face Paint

This would be great paired with a dress, white tights, and some mary-jane shoes. (You will quickly find out that my main priority is warmth here!)

Cute Cat Makeup

Long gone are the ‘Mean Girls’ days of adding a pair of cat ears to a corset and calling it a costume because this is so much cooler. Some strategic eyeliner completely transformed my face and I felt very cool and feline-like. This was definitely the easiest of all the looks, and even though this is second to last on my ranking, I’m still obsessed. (Plus, I only shared the best looks. Two didn’t even make the cut!)

What you’ll need:

  • Black Eyeliner
  • Any extra makeup you want to add!

If I were wearing this out I would wear black jeggings, a black sweater, and a pair of cat ears. If you want to be a bit fancier, a black dress with tights and boots would look great, too!

Broken Porcelain Doll.


Here we’ve got the Porcelain Doll 2.0 and I think it’s a million times cooler. It’s creepier, looks a way more intricate, and I’m crazy about it. I thought about playing around with my fake blood, and I still think that would be an awesome look!

What you’ll need:

  • Light Foundation
  • Red Lipstick
  • Black Eyeliner
  • White Face Paint

Again, I would pair this with the dress, tights, and shoes!

Deer in the Headlights.


So I might be biased because I’m a sucker for deer, but I think that this is so cool! And it was super easy! I threw on way more bronzer than anyone should ever wear and then some signature fawn spots. Again, I exaggerated my eye size and then tried to play with their shape a bit.

What you’ll need:

  • Bronzer or a Darker Foundation
  • Concealer for you Lips
  • Black Eyeliner
  • White Face Paint

This is another look that I could stay warm in. Throw on some skinny jeans, brown booties, and a brown turtleneck and you’ve got yourself the cutest deer in town! Bonus points if you can find some festive antlers in your Christmas stash.

Fierce Cat.


I love this. I love this so much. This has the same base as the cute cat makeup, but with a bit of extra work. I painted my nose brown, added some (shimmery!) cheetah spots, and felt fierce doing it. This is my favorite, and while I’m going as something a bit gorier this year, I’m keeping this cheetah up my sleeve.

What you’ll need:

  • Black Eyeliner
  • Bronzer
  • White Face Paint
  • Shimmery Eyeshadow

Again, I would love to wear all black with this! If it were really chilly, I think it’d be super cute to wear this with cheetah gloves!

Happy Halloween!

There we have it – my top five favorite Halloween Makeup looks! All of them were super easy and I was able to use makeup I already owned (plus some white face paint that I found for a dollar!) Now tell me two things – which was your favorite and what are you going for as Halloween?

In case you go through all of your black eyeliner perfecting your kitty whiskers this Halloween, I’m giving away a $25 Sephora giftcard to one lucky Instagram follower!
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  • These ar super cute. You did such a good job! Also nice that you can recreate these looks with things you already have 🙂

    Madison http://breakfastatmadisons.com/

    • Thank you so much! And yeah, adult costumes are expensive, it’s a lot more economical to get thrifty with what you have haha.

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are really cool makeup looks. They all look perfect for halloween.

  • The cheetah makeup is AMAZING! I love it. So jealous of your makeup artistry skills!

    Kayla | kaylablogs.com

  • Grace

    I love, love, love the Halloween holiday! And your cheetah look would be so cute for costume parties!

    • I love Halloween, it’s a favorite! Thank you so much! <3

  • Daeyz

    Love all these ideas!


  • Halloween makeup tutorials are my favorite! Such a great costume for lil money!


    • Thank you so much! I love watching Halloween makeup on YouTube! If you ever get a chance, check out Jbunzie, her costume transformation videos are my favorite!