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22 Fast and Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas for Procrastinators

Step away from the cat ears, please.

Design By Bridget Burns

I'm just going to say it: Halloween stresses me the hell out. Sure, I could just throw on a dinosaur onesie and say "screw it" (which is exactly what I did last year), but as a makeup lover, I feel pressured to do at least something glittery, painted, lined, or bedazzled to my face, all in the name of gorgeous Halloween makeup.

But a quick search of YouTube reveals approximately 1.5 million tutorials (seriously), most of which require the skilled, steady hands of either a legit surgeon, or, you know, Rembrandt. So instead of watching a dozen videos, getting completely disheartened, and going as a "sexy cat" for the fourth year in a row, instead try one of these crazy-easy, truly pretty Halloween makeup ideas that won't take you five hours to do.

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1 This Jojo Siwa Rainbow-Loving Queen

If you're not familiar with the 16-year-old, multi-millionaire, enigma that is JoJo Siwa, think rainbows, dance, and all the drama. Sija's stardom sparked on hit show Dance Moms, and since then she's gained a loyal fan club, including North West. To channel the teen star, douse your eyes in vivid splashes of color. Pull out those dusty neon palettes you never use, or pick up Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina Vol. 2 Pro Pigment Palette ($60), and use a blending brush to create a technicolor party on your eyes and cheeks.

2 This Melted Pumpkin

Is it even Hollywood if you didn't try a Promise Phan YouTube tutorial? For seven years, she's been blowing everyone away with her next-level, trippy recreations. Though she claims this melting pumpkin is beginner-friendly because it doesn't require a lot of products or time. All you need are these super-cheap wet n wild Fantasy Makers Multisticks, which are $1 a pop.

3 This Glamorous Masquerade Mask

Your Halloween plans may not involve a fancy masquerade ball, but that doesn't mean you can't channel your inner-royalty. This 15th century mask is made for the ultra glamorous queens who want to win best Instagram photo of spooky season.

4 This Grunge Salem Witch

You've already seen this look all over the fashion week SS2020 runways last season, so why not spin it for Halloween? A smokey eye is simple enough, and top off the grunge Euphoria touch with Milk Makeup's Tattoo Stamp in a star ($12)—it comes in a peace symbol, heart, and ying yang shape too.

5 This Badass Purge Look

Sure, you may scare the shit out of everyone as a purger, but where's the fun in Halloween without a little fright? This look is seriously so easy, and will require 10 minutes tops with a steady hand for tracing shapes and outlines.

6 This Batsh*t Crazy Babydoll

How freaky is this scary-sweet beauty look? What stands out the most is this bright white liner. To get your liner to look extra snowy, combine MAC's bestselling Pure White Chromaline with Makeup Geek's White Lies Eyeshadow for a ice-white finish.

7 This Spider Liner Look

Put all those liquid liners you have sitting around to good use to create this creepy-crawly eye. This badass eye is seriously so easy to do yourself—you just need patience. Chill out on the caffeine this day, too, because you'll need to free-hand stroke lines across your lid and a shaky hand won't be much help. Add fanned-out lashes for some drama.

8 This Smoky Skull Look

Remember in the early 2000's when everyone and their mama wore a smoky eye? Well, this Halloween you can bring the smoke back with this sultry skull look. It's the ideal last-minute lewk that requires a few straight lines for a stitched mouth effect and a simple smokey eye. Use a medium-size, fluffy eyeshadow brush to make blending a breeze.

9 This Poison Ivy Look

Nothing screams Halloween like an over-the-top brow moment. Recreating poison ivy is the perfect excuse to scribble a bright liquid lipstick all over your brows because why not? This is Coloured Raine Matte Lip Paint in Red Sea. As YouTuber Alissa Ashley points out in the tutorial, be sure to use a steady hand when filling in your brows, as matte textures are less forgiving when it comes to coloring outside the lines.

10 This Wonder Woman Look

This look is mainly just the ridiculously pretty makeup (hello, shimmery golden eyes) that Gal Gadot has in Wonder Woman, so you can wear it to work during the day, then slip on your golden headband at night to transform into DC Comic's best superhero.

11 This Princess Shuri Makeup From "Black Panther"

If you want to rep Black Panther this Halloween, this dotted, spotted, and neck-decorated variation will make you stand out from the Wakanda crowd.

12 This Floating Head Costume

With just a few tubes of liquid lipstick, you can finally lose your head in an Instagrammable way. Just make sure to stand in dark corners for the ultimate trickery.

13 This Crazy-Simple Cat Woman

Reason why a painted eye mask is 100 percent better than a store-bought plastic mask: You won't want to rip it off your head 30 minutes into the night—which means you'll never be left looking like a basic bish with cat ears.

14 This Surprisingly Adorable Bear

So cute and cuddly, you'll be fending off hugs from strangers (so, like, you've been warned. I suggest also strapping on a sign that reads "LOOK, DON'T TOUCH" while you're at it).

15 This Ethereal Mermaid Look

Listen, mermaids will never not be cool (just ask Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah), so embrace your inner merperson with some light glitter, rhinestones, and iridescent scales.

16 This Non-Basic Leopard Look

Alright, fine, there's some cat basic-ness going on here, but unlike your feeble attempt at a leopard costume in high school (which was just poorly drawn whiskers and a headband with ears), this look features realistic spots and a fierce cat eye.

17 These Scratchy Vampire Eyes

Technically, this is just what I look like IRL during allergy season. Make it even scarier for Halloween by adding some red novelty contacts and a thick, smudgy, smoky eye.

18 This Super-Cute Fawn Makeup

I mean, sometimes you just want to look ridiculously cute on Halloween—I get it. Behold: This fawn makeup, which uses fake lashes and strategically placed eyeliner to make your eyes look in-the-headlights huge.

19 These Spiderweb Eyes

"But all of these look are still too hard!" you cry. I hear you, I see you, and I raise you this truly easy spiderweb look. If you can hold a pencil, you can draw a web on your face.

20 These Candy Corn Eyes

I mean, you can't have Halloween without candy corn, right? This look uses a gradient of white, yellow, orange, and red to create a bright—yet not at all gaudy—statement eye.

21 This Relatively Disturbing Clown Look

Sexy clown? Scary clown? Sexy scary clown? This look has it all! Pop in some white contact lenses for next-level creepiness, and invest in a good lip primer to keep those ombre lips from fading.

22 This Faux-Mask Mask

Don't let the photos fool you—this faux mask is really just the result of a zillion haphazardly sketched lines and crystals. Layer on a black lipstick, and you've got yourself a costume.


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