We’re bringing scary back. Even though we love putting together a cute or stylish look on a daily basis, when it comes to Halloween, we’ll take scary over sexy in a heartbeat. Remember the days when it was more likely you’d see a ghost or a monster at a Halloween party than a sexy nurse or sexy cat? We’re resurrecting that time to go back to the origins of Halloween. And we’re starting with witches. Witches have been haunting people for centuries in many different forms, which is why witches make a perfect spooky costume. There isn’t one definitive witch look, so you can get super creative. You could pull from your favorite scary movies or go for a more traditional Salem-inspired costume. The possibilities are nearly endless. But to go with your handcrafted or store-bought costume, you’ll want some epic witch makeup, which won’t look great on ‘gram, it’ll help you get into character.
To inspire your own Halloween witch makeup, we’ve pulled together some of the best tutorials from YouTube. There’s everything from Wizard of Oz’s Wicked West of the West to a hanged witch—who you def don’t want haunting your nightmares.
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Want a more modern take on a witch? This pick features a crescent moon on the forehead and black forest-y twigs over the lips.
A Hanged Witch
This witch isn’t too happy about being back from the dead. The scary make-up look, which features both neck and face makeup, will turn some heads.
A Ghost of a Witch
This spooky witch is as white as a ghost—because she is. You better not be afraid of spiders, because this look recommends putting fake spiders in your hair.
Many Shades of Green
The best part about this Halloween witch makeup? It’s all about the contouring, a skill we’ve mastered over the last few years.
Fly High as Wicked‘s Elphaba
Grab a friend who can go as Dorothy, and paint your face to be the Wicked Witch of the West with this amazing Halloween tutorial!
Go Green with Envy
You can’t go wrong with green lipstick on Halloween, and this witch makeup incorporates it perfectly!
Warts & All
Up for a challenge? Start practicing this Halloween witch makeup now and you’ll floor all of your friends at the next costume party.
Fair warning, this is probably the most terrifying Halloween witch makeup you’ll ever see, complete with gritty teeth and all. Be prepared to add a few fake pieces onto your face for the extra creepy nose and chin!
Originally posted October 2014. Updated October 2020.