Halloween Face Painting Ideas You Can Do In Less Than 30 Minutes

I’m pretty sure the last time I got my face painted I was wearing ribbons in my hair and carrying my beloved Barney stuffed animal under my arm, so you could say it’s been a while. But to this day, face painting still fascinates me, especially around Halloween time. And what better time to step up your mundane makeup game than the most spooky of nights when basically anything goes?

Halloween face painting is a fun way to take your costume to the next level or create one all on its own, but it definitely takes a bit of know-how and a fair chunk of time. If you don’t have an hour or more to stare at your gorgeous face and paint a Picasso in the mirror–and really who does these days?–we’ve scoured YouTube for seven quick and easy looks worth trying. The best part? They all take 30 minutes or less to recreate!

1) Wonder Woman

You’re pretty much a wonder woman IRL so why not dress up like the iconic figure of the same name for Halloween? Her look is super easy to create with face paint, as YouTuber Ashlea Henson proved in this epic tutorial, and it’s all about girl power so it’s doubly great.

Your product essentials:
Mehron Red Fantasy FX, $5.53, Amazon; Snazaroo Face Paint Glitter Gel, $7.25, Blick; and Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Joli Rouge, $27, Clarins

2) Black Swan 

At first glance, this Black Swan face painting look might appear super complicated, but it’s definitely not! The fact that it’s so detailed means you can get away with coloring outside the lines. Since it’s an eyes look, with minimal other makeup, that means the rest of your makeup won’t take you hours to do either. And the fact that makeup maven Michelle Phan made the video also means you’re in expert hands.

Your product essentials:
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil in Yeyo, $20, UrbanDecay; L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Silver Sky, $7.99, Target; COVERGIRL Intensify Me! Liquid Liner in Intense Black, $8.99, Ulta

3) Cheshire Cat 

It’s not every day that you can break out your twisted, creepy side, so why not go all out and paint your face like the always devious Cheshire Cat? The purple eyebrows and eye makeup in this look from YouTube guru Archaical keep it from being full on goth and you can always make the mouth smaller à la this video from Party Delights to save yourself even more time.

Your product essentials:
Snazaroo Classic Face Paint in White, $10.96, Walmart; Snazaroo Black Face Paint , $9.49; Walmart; Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eyeliner in Violet; $22; StilaCosmetics

4) Cruella de Vil 

Cruella de Vil, Cruella de Vil … we dare you not to sing the song as you paint your face like this villain from 101 Dalmatians. We love this video from makeup artist Kandee Johnson because it involves very little painting–those brows are really the main focal point here–but it leaves a really lasting impression. This look is perfect for the face painting novice who wants to get a little creative without laying it all on the line.

Your product essentials:
Charlotte Tilbury Color Chameleon Color Morphing Eyeshadow Pencil in Smoky Emerald; $27; CharlotteTilbury; Flower Eyes on the Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Olive My Love; $5.92, Walmart; Sonia Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Coraly Nude; $7.59; Target

5) Catwoman

If you want to look like a total badass this Halloween but are a wee bit short on time, you can pull together a Catwoman face painting look in no time at all. Take this genius look from Natalie Skye as inspiration! It’s sexy, mysterious and pays homage to one of our favorite mischief makers of all time.

Your product essentials:
Mehron Makeup Brushes, $5.95, Mehron.com; Mehron Fantasy F-X Makeup in Black, $3.95, Mehron.com; butter london Primrose Hill Picnic Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon, $20, butterlondon

6) Vampire 

To create the perfect vampire face painting look for Halloween, we found you not one, but two looks to combine. We totally dig the vampy eyes in Kelly Marie‘s tutorial and adore Eyedolize Makeup‘s dripping blood, and are pretty sure you can combine the two in under 30 minutes. Eat your heart out, vampers!

Your product essentials:

Black and red eyeshadow from NYX Palette The Sex Bomb Femme Fatale, $7.49, Ulta; mark Lipclick Full Color Lipstick in Cha Cha, $11, Avon; e.l.f. Lip Defining Brush, $1, Walgreens

7) Fairy

Fairy face paint really takes us back to our childhood but it can be done in a totally sultry, adult way, as iwanted2c1video proved with this tutorial. We love how she turned a stereotypically girly and ethereal creature into something so dark and mysterious, don’t you?

Your product essentials:
Lancôme Le Style Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir Intense, $27, Lancome; Smashbox Master Class Palette, $65, Sephora; Urban Decay Perversion Mascara, $22, UrbanDecay

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