5 Last Minute Halloween Costumes You Can Do With Makeup

Rachel Krause

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Halloween is fast approaching, and if you’re anything like us, there’s a good chance you’ve totally slacked on preparing a well-thought out costume ahead of time. Don’t freak—it may seem like easy last minute costumes are few and far between, but these classic five will earn you compliments every time. They’re so good, you may even want to recycle them next Halloween.


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Marilyn Monroe
Good news for everyone with a platinum bob: Your Marilyn Monroe costume is already halfway to completion. Unfortunately, the rest of us will have to spring for a wig, which you should be able to find at just about any costume store—even on October 30th, because you know they order those things in bulk. The rest is simple and straightforward: a bit of black liner, a few coats of mascara, well-groomed brows, and a bright red lip are really all you need. If you’re interested in the retro bombshell look but want to make it your own, try our easy Halloween how-to video tutorial.

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Audrey Hepburn
While Marilyn is a simple standby for the blondes among us, brunettes have the ever-popular option to make like Audrey Hepburn circa “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” It couldn’t be easier: Start by fashioning long or medium-length hair into a chignon or, if you aren’t skilled with updos, a bun placed high on the head with volume at the crown. Add a touch of black liquid liner with a small, subtle flick and groom and fill in the brows—Audrey’s tended towards full and relatively straight rather than arched. If you weren’t blessed with razor-sharp cheekbones, use a matte powder to contour and place a rosy blush on the apples of cheeks. For extra credit, embellish your updo with a crystal accessory.

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Silent Movie Star
You’ll have to put just a little bit of work into this look, but it’s the perfect happy medium between a costume that’s super original and a costume that’s super easy. Because the silent film star look involves a black-and-white effect, you’ll need white cream or powder makeup to use all over your face, neck, and any other visible areas, as well as a black powder eyeshadow and a black lipstick (unless you feel comfortable using eyeliner to fill in your lips). Start by covering your face and neck in a thin layer of the white makeup, including whiting out your eyebrows. Use a black pencil liner to draw thin eyebrows with a slight arch, then use the black shadow all around the eyes to create depth and definition. Using a light hand with the same shadow, apply to the apples of your cheeks, and blend with the white makeup to create a grayish cast rather than black. Line your lips into a sharp Cupid’s bow shape with a black liner, then use a lip brush to fill in with black lipstick.


A Twiggy-esque look is just as easy as it is iconic—any girl with a pixie can pull it off with ease. Fashion your hair into a deep side part (or as close as it will get to a deep side part), then give your skin a smooth canvas with a tinted moisturizer or light foundation. Twiggy sported freckles for much of her career, so it’s more than okay to let your natural skin texture shine through. Brush brows upward and give them a bit of a hold with a clear brow gel or mascara. Use a small liner brush and black shadow to draw half-moon circles just above the creases of your eyes for Twiggy’s famous super-defined look. Apply a thick line of black liquid liner to the upper lid, then apply false lashes, or just load up on the mascara if your lashes are naturally long. Use a fine-tipped liquid liner to paint tiny lashes on the lower lash line to mimic the model’s doe-eyed effect.


Black Cat
The black cat look requires little more than black eyeliner in the way of tools, making it perhaps the easiest (if slightly unoriginal) Halloween costume of all. Color a black triangle at the tip of your nose, place a few whiskers on each side, and go a little thicker on your standard cat eye. Press a bit of pink lipstick on with your finger (cats don’t do the high-gloss look), dress up in your best blacks, and you’re ready to prowl the streets.

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