It’s not quite the season to be be jolly, but it’s definitely time to get spooky. In what seems like mere seconds since summer officially ended, we’re cruising full speed ahead into another Halloween. And though we’re sure you’ve already seen a ridiculous amount of articles filled with costume inspo, the same can’t be said for makeup that isn’t so over the top but still festive enough for getting into the holiday spirit. Because let’s be real: Not all of us are up for going overboard with the face paint.
Beyond your classic red lip or swipe of black liner, there are lots of ways to have fun with your makeup and still maintain a low-key style at work and beyond. Per usual, we’re snagging ideas straight from the red carpet, where our favorite famous beauty chameleons know the power of a glittery lid and thickly drawn cat-eye. See our favorites ahead.
A cat-eye and forest green lip will take you far.
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Vampire vibes are instantly achieved with color contacts and a sheer wash of color across the lids.
Channel your inner seductress with an ultra-dark smokey eye and burgundy lipstick.
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Play up your pale skin with a wine-colored lip and long, luscious lashes.
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Who knew red eyeshadow could pair so perfectly with a nude mauve lip?
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When all else fails, throw on a black-blue lipstick and keep it moving.
You can't lose in a shimmery pink eyeshadow and matching lipstick.
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Over-exaggerate your cat-eye and prepare to smize all day long.
Spice up your basic black liner and open up those eyes with a white liner on the lower lash line.
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Draw it on thick and keep your lipstick nude when you want all attention on your eyes.
Glitter on the lids and inner corners is a surefire way to turn heads.
The emerald green eyes have it.
A dark rose-gold lip and smokey eye to match.
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When all else fails, demand attention in a set of vibrant color contacts.
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A bordeaux lipstick looks amazing against dark brown skin.
Silver glitter to match your shimmery ensemble.
An eggplant lipstick and va-va-voom lashes equals perfection.
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A high-flying cat-eye will lift your cheekbones to the high heavens.
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Lime green color will only enhance green eyes.
Pumpkin spice lids for the win.
Channel your inner goblin with a vibrant shade of green on the upper and lower lash lines.
Why wear a regular cat-eye when you can go bold with a fiery red one instead?
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Burgundy lipstick is Queen Bey-approved. Need we say more?