5 Halloween Makeup Ideas

Join your kids this Halloween by turning your pretty face into a scary look. With the magic of makeup, you can transform into a creepy creature and easily complete your costume.

Usually, makeup is used to cover little imperfections and enhance our best features. But on Halloween, we disguise ourselves as blue aliens, zombies and ghouls. Though some looks can be created with your own cosmetics, get a costume makeup kit for a variety of special effects. Your kids will love playing with green “grease paint” for a goblin makeover. Creams come in an array of colors from white to red, and include fake blood gel.

The following costume ideas and simple application tips will conjure spooky characters quickly -- allowing time to take your child trick-or-treating. But Halloween is for grownups too!

Mummy - not to be confused with mommy!

Imagine the ancient remains of an Egyptian queen escaped from the grave. Her dramatic eyes are lined in black and surrounded by turquoise powder. Her wrapping unraveled as her preservation has crumbled over the centuries. To create this look, cover your face with paper towels soaked in coffee and dusted with flour and syrup. Wrap a layer of gauze around your head loosely and tuck the ends so they drape dow n. Dab on brow n makeup. Between bandages, your eyes reveal smoky makeup smudged around red-lined lids. Let a facial mask dry on your hands to show cracked flesh.

A Dia de los Muertos Skull

In Mexico, Halloween is celebrated on November 1, the Day of the Dead, and costumes offer a stylistic variation to the ominous skull. Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  • First, cover your face and lips in white foundation and powder

  • Create hallowed eyes with a large circle of dark blue or black around your eyes
  • Outline the deep eye sockets with flower-like scalloped edges

  • Blacken the end of your nose in a triangular shape
  • Draw vertical lines up and down your lips -- as if your mouth has been stitched shut -- extend the line of your lips across your cheeks into an eerie sneer and continue the vertical stitches
Wear a black bodysuit with white painted skeleton bones or dress in tattered gothic clothing with a veiled hat. For more gloom, decorate the living dead with dark wilted flowers.

Witchy Woman

For this classic wicked character apply a sickening green tint over your face and neck with a makeup sponge. To age your hag, try these techniques:
• With black pencils darken and thicken eyebrow s into a high arch
• Outline wrinkles across the forehead and creases from the nose to the chin


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  • Draw spider webs in the corners of the eyes

  • Streak white baby powder in a rats nest of backcombed hair
  • Wear midnight blue lipstick

  • Add a big black mole on the chin

  • Wear a black pointy hat

Devilish Diva

For this iconic evil temptress paint your face and neck a bright shade of red with a brush. Wear shiny red satin or a lacy corset. Try these malevolent methods:

  • Outline eyes in black and gold

  • Pencil in veins down from the eyes and across the face
  • Draw a set of teeth on your upper and lower lips, upturned into a sinister grin
  • Hot pink glossy lipstick

  • Wear a headband with horns
  • Sprinkle metallic glitter on your face for extra allure

Vampire Vamp

Sexy yet scary, vampires never see daylight so start with white foundation for a pale complexion and dust with powder. Add the following bloody tricks:

  • Surround your entire eye with dark charcoal shadows

  • Stream bloody tears down your cheeks
  • A dark burgundy mouth drips with blood down your chin

  • Add red puncture wounds in your neck with trickles of blood
  • Don’t forget your fangs!

Use a gentle cleansing facial soap like Olay to remove all the stubborn makeup and paint on your child’s face. You can also try a moisturizing baby oil.

If you’ve got other scary makeup tips, share them in the comments section below!

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