75 Pretty Halloween Makeup Ideas—Minimal Costume Required

75 Pretty Halloween Makeup Ideas—Minimal Costume Required
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You know what is super scary about Halloween? How much money some people are willing to drop on their costume. Don’t get us wrong, we’re so down to go all out on our Halloween style, however, blowing our savings just isn’t all that enticing. But when you dig into your makeup arsenal, it’s totally easy to let the creativity flow, and coming up with a beautiful look is simple—not to mention practically free.

MORE: 21 DIY Halloween Costume Ideas That’re Creative, Cute & Totally Instagram-Worthy

To help you find a pretty Halloween makeup idea you’ll love, we’ve pulled together 50 of our favorite inspirations below—no actual costume really needed. Take a look, and tell us what you’ll be for Halloween in the comments!

Originally published October 2016. Updated September 2018.

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"Violet, You're Turning... Violet!"
Photo: Instagram/@cosmeticspost
Coraline
Photo: Instagram/@tiltmakeup
Decorative Candy
Photo: Instagram/@christinesteph_
Intense and Dangerous
Photo: Instagram/@doublestompproductions
Sewn-In
Photo: Instagram/@elizabethandreamua
Pink-Haired Mermaid
Photo: Instagram/@mineralissima
Into the Wild
Photo: Instagram/@dylankeithsalonspa
Hocus Pocus
Photo: Instagram/@noordinarymakeupmom
A Dozen Roses
Photo: Instagram/@makeupbyisabellaimani
A Work of Art
Photo: Instagram/@fantasymakeupsfx
Intergalactic Hands
Photo: Instagram/@sandrarclemente
Half-Faced Skeleton
Photo: Instagram/@the_wright_look
So Wavy
Photo: Instagram/@neringaitespalete
Rag Doll
Photo: Instagram/@thesummerskye
Joker
Photo: Instagram/@loveravenlove_
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Halloween is coming 🎃 #halloweenmakeup #halloween

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Halloween is coming 🎃 #halloweenmakeup #halloween

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Blue Zombie
Photo: Instagram/@daniielaroojas
Zipped Up
Photo: Instagram/@beyoutifulboss
Peace and Love
Photo: Instagram/@sidsbeautylooks
All Cut Up
Photo: Instagram/@contactlenshub
Poison Ivy
Photo: Instagram/@melkiorprofessional.uk
Botched Plastic
Photo: Instagram/@hollyskye
Carnival Vibes
Photo: Instagram/@bangbangbetty
Sad Clown
Photo: Instagram/@nathalieemua
The Eyes Have It
Photo: Instagram/@lucykatemakeup
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Miss Cleo.. Call Me Now 🔮 ___________________________________________ Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Foundation Shade 420 @colourpopcosmetics No filter Concealer Shade Medium Dark 36 Eyes: @bhcosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil Palette @nyxcosmetics Glitter Waterline: @nyxcosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil Shade Milk Lashes: @butterlondon Double Decker Lashes @lillylashes Style Mykonos Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow Shade Ebony Cheeks: @anastasiabeverlyhills Powder Bronzer Shade Mahogany @ofracosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter @blackradiancebeauty Artisan Color Baked Blush Shade “Toasted Almond” Lippie: @nyxcosmetics Matte Lipstick “Goal Digger” topped with @nyxcosmetics glitter Setting: @gerardcosmetics Slay All Day Peach @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty Easy Bake Powder Kunafa @tatcha Silk Canvas Primer Brushes: @aestheticacosmetics P12 Brush @luxiebeauty 140 detailed tapered blender, 516 Duo Fiber Powder Brush & 522 Tapered Highlighter Brush, 221 Flat Definer Hair: @theouai Texturizing Hair Spray from @sephora @conair You Curl Wand #colourpopme #bhcosmetics #fentybeauty #lillylashes #gerardcosmetics #nyxcosmetics #halloweenmakeup #OFRAcosmetics #motd #abhbrows #browsonfleek #highlightonfleek #makeupaddict #WAMFAM #halloweenlooks #wakeupandmakeup #featuremuas #makeupmafia #phillymua #glowingskin #makeupslaves #brownskinbeauty #blackbeautymatters #makeupforhalloween #makeupforwomenofcolor #halloweenglam #fortunetellermakeup #undiscoveredmuas #makeupartistsworldwide #udmhalloween

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Miss Cleo.. Call Me Now 🔮 ___________________________________________ Face: @fentybeauty Pro Filt’r Foundation Shade 420 @colourpopcosmetics No filter Concealer Shade Medium Dark 36 Eyes: @bhcosmetics Take Me Back to Brazil Palette @nyxcosmetics Glitter Waterline: @nyxcosmetics Jumbo Eye Pencil Shade Milk Lashes: @butterlondon Double Decker Lashes @lillylashes Style Mykonos Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills Dip Brow Shade Ebony Cheeks: @anastasiabeverlyhills Powder Bronzer Shade Mahogany @ofracosmetics Rodeo Drive Highlighter @blackradiancebeauty Artisan Color Baked Blush Shade “Toasted Almond” Lippie: @nyxcosmetics Matte Lipstick “Goal Digger” topped with @nyxcosmetics glitter Setting: @gerardcosmetics Slay All Day Peach @hudabeauty @shophudabeauty Easy Bake Powder Kunafa @tatcha Silk Canvas Primer Brushes: @aestheticacosmetics P12 Brush @luxiebeauty 140 detailed tapered blender, 516 Duo Fiber Powder Brush & 522 Tapered Highlighter Brush, 221 Flat Definer Hair: @theouai Texturizing Hair Spray from @sephora @conair You Curl Wand #colourpopme #bhcosmetics #fentybeauty #lillylashes #gerardcosmetics #nyxcosmetics #halloweenmakeup #OFRAcosmetics #motd #abhbrows #browsonfleek #highlightonfleek #makeupaddict #WAMFAM #halloweenlooks #wakeupandmakeup #featuremuas #makeupmafia #phillymua #glowingskin #makeupslaves #brownskinbeauty #blackbeautymatters #makeupforhalloween #makeupforwomenofcolor #halloweenglam #fortunetellermakeup #undiscoveredmuas #makeupartistsworldwide #udmhalloween

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Fortune-Teller
Photo: Instagram/@glowbyming
Gem Face
Photo: Instagram/@wednesdays_forte
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Photo: Pumpkin Eyes
Bad Girl Inspo
Photo: Instagram/@vancouver_vogue
Simple and Seductive
Photo: Instagram/@rocknrosegirls
Pink Is Always Pretty
Photo: Instagram/@_hollywoodfashionsecrets
Just Keep Swimming
Photo: Instagram/@makeupbypaigek