13 Boo-tiful Halloween Makeup Ideas to Pin Right Now

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Still scrolling through Pinterest pages for that perfect last-minute Halloween costume? You’re in luck! We’ve done the searching for you and come up with 13 incredible makeup-only looks you can recreate the day of your monster mash.


Looking for an animal-themed costume that’s a little out of the ordinary? Channel your inner giraffe and try out this cute and flattering look. The makeup is definitely the star of this costume, but you can elevate it to awesome with a light brown tank top and buns.

Copy the Look: Giraffe Halloween Makeup

Galaxy Goddess

Galaxy patterns look great on clothing, coffee cups and even cupcakes. Why wouldn’t they look great on skin, too? The green and blue hues, frosty white eyelashes, and delicate, freckle-like stars in this look are sure to make you feel stellar during your Halloween festivities.

Copy the Look: Galaxy Makeup

Wonder Woman

Want a look that’s clever and timely? Try this Wonder Woman costume that evokes the feel of classic comic books and is created with makeup, even down to the crown. With this look you’re sure be a front-runner in just about any costume contest. 

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Sugar Skull Stunner

Day of the Dead-themed makeup is a popular Halloween choice, and it’s clear why! Inspired by the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, this sugar skull makeup is spooky but also refreshingly whimsical. The bright colors and floral accents add a cheery, party-perfect touch.

Cutie Cat

A cat is a cop-out Halloween costume, right? Wrong! Especially if you add the detail of this feline face. One of the best parts about this meow-velous idea is that it’s cute and creative, without being overdone. Even if your Halloween plans include a cozy night with friends, you won’t be overdressed with this costume.


A little creepy, a little awesome. This Tim Burton-inspired makeup look will turn all the heads this Halloween.

Copy the Look: Beetlejuice Makeup

Ouija Board

This costume wins for both creativity and creepiness, or rather, downright scariness. The ouija board details are perfectly matched with blue-black lipstick and under-eye designs. If there’s one holiday a year that you can pull off this masterpiece, it’s definitely Halloween!

Stranger Things

Dip your toes into the Upside Down this year with an iconic makeup look inspired by one of our favorite spooky TV shows.

A Web of Eyes

Are you more interested in enjoying Halloween night than preparing for it? Here’s the perfect, low-maintenance Halloween eye makeup routine. This spidery option is great, especially if you’re short on time and supplies. Add a bit of glitter to this dramatic eye, and you’re ready for any plans you have Halloween night! 

Copy the Look: Cobweb Eye Makeup

Sparkly Unicorn

This mythical creature-inspired look is slated to be the hottest costume of the year. Worried about looking just like everyone else? Don't! Don your sparkles and rainbow makeup and join your equine tribe for a night of flirty fun.

Copy the Look: Glitter Unicorn

Cracked Porcelain Doll

Can’t decide whether you want to look cute or creepy on Halloween? How about both? With only makeup, transform yourself into a cracked porcelain doll. Get ready for a bunch of compliments and some great selfies if you take on this challenge. 

Spooky Skeleton

DIY Skeleton Halloween Costume

DIY Skeleton Halloween Costume

Turn a simple white T-shirt into a seriously creepy Halloween costume with a pair of scissors and a little imagination.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Some white face makeup, black eyeliner and black eyeshadow are all you need to pull off this spine-tingling face. But don't stop there! Make your own skeleton t-shirt withour step-by-step instructions.

Copy the Look: Spooky Skeleton Makeup

Pixel Perfect

Go pretty and pixelated with this mesmerizing look. This idea is perfect if you’re on the hunt for something outside of the box and not-too-scary. Don’t forget to get lots of pictures to immortalize your handiwork!

Copy the Look: Pixelated Makeup

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Go With a Classic

Turn items you probably already have on hand like a king-size pillowcase, cereal box and flip flops into this last-minute costume that's fit for Roman royalty. Our step-by-step instructions make this clever costume a snap.

From: Cheri Heaton

Mad Scientist Costume On the Cheap

Turn a basic white T-shirt into a clever last-minute Halloween costume in just a few steps, using materials you likely already have at home. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Fun Frog Hoodie Costume

Kids will love this fun costume that doubles as an imagination-stirring jacket they can wear anytime. Our step-by-step instructions and free printable templates ensure that even a sewing newbie can stitch one up for their little tadpole.

Unleash Your Child's Inner Ninja

Faux leather material and all-black clothing will get your little warrior ready for Halloween with a no-sew costume that's a snap to pull together. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

From: Cheri Heaton

Turn Your Toddler Into a Cute Cactus

This super-easy costume is perfect for little ones just learning to walk with their hands in an adult's for assistance — their arms-up position gives their body the shape of a saguaro cactus. Our step-by-step instructions show how to turn a comfy infant's onesie into one prickly character.

Old White T-Shirts = Easy Mummy Costume

Coffee and a few old T-shirts are all you need to create stained mummy's rags. Finish the look w/ a layer of all black clothing underneath and makeup. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Pretty as a Peacock

This is one costume she'll want to wear year-round for imaginative play. The fluffy tulle tutu is sure to be a hit and so easy to craft that you'll want to make them in lots of colors. Learn how to make the no-sew tutu plus a peacock feather headband with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Let Them Show Their Strength

This no-sew costume is a showstopper but can be pulled together last-minute using a few inexpensive supplies from the craft store. Learn how to make your own.

From: Cheri Heaton

Mommy-and-Me Costume: Cookies and Milk

You and your toddler go together like ... well, milk and cookies! Whip up this cute costume using a cardboard box, felt, round chair cushions and basic craft supplies. Learn how to make your own.

Glow-in-the-Dark Stick Figure

An all-black outfit, glow sticks and packing tape are all you need to pull together this last-minute costume that gets 'glowing' reviews. Get our tips for dressing the kids or yourself in a snap

Photo By: Chelsea Faulkner

Adorable Baby Bull Costume

Inexpensive felt, a ready-made beanie cap, black leggings and a top and are all you need to craft this cute (and comfy!) bull costume for your baby or toddler. Get crafting to make this cute cap.

Easy Skeleton Costume

Turn a basic white T-shirt into a seriously creepy Halloween costume with a pair of scissors and a little imagination. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.

Photo By: Jalynn Baker

Scary Skeleton Makeup

Realistically resemble the deceased with this skeleton makeup treatment. Although the finished result looks hard, our how-to instructions will make creating a skeletal look quick and easy — transform yourself in under an hour. Learn the trick to making your eyebrows disappear.

Sweet in a Snap

Card stock, coffee filters and a cherry-red balloon are all you need to turn wardrobe basics into a last-minute ice cream sundae costume. Get our tips for pulling off this oh-so-sweet look

Photo By: Clara MacLellan

Pirate Makeup

Transform your little buccaneer into a pillaging pirate this Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial and costume tips. Get step-by-step instructions.

Witch Costume

Your little one is sure to cast a spell in a wee witch's costume made up of a no-sew tulle tutu, pointy craft-foam hat, DIY twig broom, black T-shirt and striped tights.

Lion Makeup

Turn your cub into a roaring lion for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial. Learn how to replicate fur with face paint.

Troll-Tastic Headband

Harness a little good luck this Halloween and craft this troll-themed headband. It's a no-sew accessory that'll put the easy finishing touch on a colorful costume. Get crafting with our tutorial.

Squeaky Clean Costume

Channel your inner clean freak to turn a plain white T-shirt and balloons into a clever bar of soap costume. Get ideas for 4 more last-minute costumes you can create from white T-shirts.

Photo By: Jennie Andrews

Hoodie Costume: Black Bat

Our printable templates make it easy to turn a basic black hoodie into a warm and cozy bat costume that's perfect for trick-or-treating on a chilly night or just a game of pretend in the backyard. Sew up one of your own with our free printable templates and step-by-step instructions.

Mommy-and-Me Costume: Kangaroos

Keep your baby close with a clever costume idea that's comfy for your little one while keeping your hands free. Our downloadable templates and step-by-step instructions make crafting the hats quick and easy.

Adventurous Explorer Costume

Adventure awaits! Outfit your little one for the wilds of trick-or-treating in this easy-to-create Halloween costume that uses clothes they already have and a few materials from the fabric store.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Dinosaur Costume

This inexpensive dino costume is easy to make with just basic sewing skills, and so comfy that kids big and small will want to wear it long after Halloween. Get crafting to turn a basic hoodie into a kid-pleasing costume.

Mummy Makeup

Basic makeup, coffee (yes, coffee!) and spirit gum are all you need to turn your kid into a card-carrying member of the undead. Our step-by-step instructions show you how to perfect the sunken eye look.

Ladybug Costume

A handmade tulle tutu (that's actually reversible), basic red sweatshirt and felt are all you need to craft this comfy ladybug costume complete with a personalized leafy trick-or-treat tote bag. Get crafting to make this cute costume.

Cupcake Costume

An old laundry basket, wrapping paper, felt and basic craft supplies are all you need to dress your little sweetie up as their favorite icing-and-sprinkle-topped treat. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Glam Dark Fairy Makeup

Adults with a flair for the dramatic can take the typical fairy costume for a walk on the dark side with this step-by-step makeup tutorial.

Aviator Costume

Get your little flying ace ready for a night on the town with our easy-to-follow instructions for transforming everyday clothing into a vintage pilot's uniform complete with a custom-fitted aviator's hat.

Candy Dots Costume

Need a little girl's costume you can whip up in a flash? Then this clever costume idea is for you. Just hot-glue painted foam halves onto a white jumper for a sweet disguise based on the classic candy. Make your own with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Adult Pirate Makeup

Turn your childhood dreams of Caribbean piracy into reality with this silver-screen-worthy makeup treatment. Basic makeup plus a specialty item from the costume shop will have you shiverin' timbers in under an hour. Learn the easy trick for faking gold or blackened teeth.

Feathered Fairy or Angel Wings

These feathered wings are perfect for occasions that require a costume, like Halloween or a Christmas nativity play, but are also sturdy enough to be worn for everyday imaginative play. Learn how to make your own.

Creepy Ragdoll Makeup

Go disguised as a ragdoll this Halloween. Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions will show you how to totally transform your look with makeup. Plus: Learn how to add 3-D stitches with yarn and eyelash glue.

Shark Costume

Inexpensive felt and basic sewing skills are all you need to turn a child's gray hoodie sweatshirt into a warm-and-cozy great white shark costume. Get step-by-step instructions.

Teenage Frankenstein Makeup

Little girls and tweens will love going decked out as this fashion-forward monster teen. Our step-by-step makeup tutorial shows you how to get the look.

Brave Knight Costume

Turn your little hero into a brave knight for Halloween. Our free printable template and step-by-step instructions make it easy to pull this look together even a last-minute costume.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Easy Viking Costume

For less than $25, turn your little marauder into a fearsome Viking warrior with furry brown toilet seat covers or bathmats, leather cording and a store-bought helmet and hammer. Get crafting to make your own.

Cute Puppy Makeup

Turn your little one into a cute puppy this Halloween with minimal makeup you can apply in a jiffy. Requiring just cream face paint, a black eyeliner pencil and basic tools, kids will love this makeup treatment so much that you may want to keep extra supplies on hand to pup them up for birthday parties or school carnivals.

Wee Golfer Costume

Just a few easy do-it-yourself additions will turn clothes they already have into a cute Halloween costume on the fly. Dress your little duffer in traditional golf attire, then finish the look with a DIY pom-pom topped knit hat and golf bag that can also be used to stash their candy haul. Learn how to quickly craft a yarn pom-pom with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Hula Girl Costume

A hula girl costume is a classic but rather than dressing your little girl in a store-bought costume, craft a one-of-a-kind look using crepe paper and air-dry clay. Get step-by-step instructions.

Let Halloween Go to the Dogs

Don't forget to get your best friend in on the action. When constructing your pup's costume, just be sure to use only soft, lightweight materials that won't obstruct their eyes, nose or mouth. Also, don't pile on the layers as pups tend to heat up quickly, making a minimal costume best. Note: Always keep Halloween treats safely out of your pup's reach. Both chocolate and the sugar-free sweetener Xylitol can be deadly for dogs.

Ghoulish Vampire Makeup

Turn your teen into a bloodthirsty vampire for Halloween with our easy-to-follow makeup tutorial. Get step-by-step instructions.

Robin Hood Costume

Easily turn budget-friendly felt and polyester fabric into a no-sew Robin Hood costume that you can pull together in a jiffy. Make your own with our step-by-step directions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Chalkboard Treat Bucket

Create a Halloween treat bucket that can be decorated and customized each year to coordinate with a costume or theme. Kids will love this interactive trick-or-treat accessory that can be topped with a lid to safely store their stash. Make your own.

Ice Cream Cone Costume

Your trick-or-treater will have a license to chill in this clever homemade costume that uses craft store supplies and white tights to transform your little ice cream fan into a giant soft-serve cone. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.

Photo By: Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio

Fairy Princess Makeup

Give your little girl a glittering fairy princess makeover for Halloween with our easy-to-follow, step-by-step makeup tutorial.

Glittering Trick-or-Treat Bag

Get kids ready for trick-or-treating with a custom-painted and glittered Halloween tote bag. Our free printable templates and instructions make this a great kids' craft.

Enchanting Mermaid Makeup

Fishnet hose and shimmering eye shadow are the trick to replicating fish scales for a seductive-siren look this Halloween. Our step-by-step makeup tutorial shows you how.

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Garden Goddess Makeup

This Halloween, go as the enchanting comic book and feature-film villainess. Our easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions show you how to apply the fantasy makeup to give even a basic costume a silver screen-worthy look.

Halloween Headbands

Turn plain headbands into fun Halloween party favors and costume props with card-stock cat ears or a tiny witch's hat. Get the kids crafting with this easy project.

Zombie Makeup

This Halloween stop them dead in their tracks with this ghoulish zombie bride look using makeup you already have on hand plus a few extras from the costume shop. Learn how to create a corpse-like pallor.

Paper Princess Crowns

Surprise your little princess with a handmade Halloween crown. Perfect as party favors, these crafty goodies also make great costume accessories or gifts for your favorite trick-or-treaters. Our (free!) printable templates make this craft a snap.

Butterfly Makeup

Face paint, gel glitter and basic makeup are all you need to transform your little one into a beautiful butterfly this Halloween. Our step-by-step instructions make it a snap.

Mini Witch's Hat

This fascinator is the trendy finishing touch to an adult or kids' witch costume. Felt and cardboard are all you need to make the basic hat which you can embellish with feathers, ribbon, lace, rhinestones or whatever you'd like. Learn how to make your own.

Capitol City Vixen Makeup

This Halloween show that you're a fan of the popular book series and feature films with this step-by-step makeup tutorial for achieving the Capitol's big-screen look.

Spider Makeup

If your little one is a fan of spiders, this makeup treatment is for them. Use everyday makeup, white face paint and liquid latex to give them a serious case of the creepy crawlies, our step-by-step instructions show you how.

Pumpkin Mini Hat

Budget-friendly felt, quilt batting and cardboard are all you need to craft this cute pumpkin top. Stitch on a bit of ribbon as a chin strap to create a quick-and-easy costume accessory. Get step-by-step instructions.

Cat Makeup

Let your inner party animal roar with this Broadway-stage-worthy cat makeup that takes only 30 minutes to apply. Finish the look with a headband with attached felt ears, a solid color ensemble and a tail. Learn the trick to creating dramatic cat's eyes.

Sunflower Mini Hat

Top a cardboard circle with layers of felt petals to craft this cheery sunflower hat-ette.

Dragon Makeup

Use face paint and craft brushes to turn your little one into a colorful dragon this Halloween — complete with scales. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy.

Match the Setting to Your Costume

HGTV fan 1flatoolman put his handyman skills to work turning the bed of his truck into a pirate's ship to delight kids at his local trunk or treat. A concrete tube forms the mast, while old sheets were dyed black to create the weathered sails.

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