14 Easy Halloween Costumes Using Makeup And Not Much Else

Jamie Feldman

The prospect of doing your own makeup for Halloween can be, well, scary. But it doesn’t have to be.

In reality, makeup is the easiest way to craft a costume. Elaborate makeup tutorials exist, but most of the time, spooky, on-trend or magical makeup only looks difficult.

Best of all? Once the makeup is done, the costume is complete. Check out 14 tutorials that are sure to spark some inspiration in even the most amateur artist.

Mermaid by RhiannonClaire

This intricate-looking makeup uses a few iridescent eyeshadows and liners to create something magical. The most impressive hack? YouTuber RhiannonClaire uses a fishnet glove to stencil out the scales. Plus, she notes that you can skip a few steps and still nail the look. 

Easy Special Effects Wound by CRC Makeup

All you need are a few products like spirit gum and scar wax by Halloween savior Ben Nye to create the illusion of a gnarly wound. So gross and yet so cool. 

Stitched Up Mouth by Shaaanxo  

One of the best things about this look is that Shaaanxo uses makeup you likely already own including blush, liquid lipstick, eyeliner and lip balm. She uses thread and eyelash glue for the wire, which you can buy online

Easy Deer Makeup by The Makeup Chair

If you know how to contour, you can definitely do this adorable deer makeup look. And even if you don’t, this step-by-step video makes it easy to learn. As a bonus, if you skip the white dots and nose and tone the makeup down slightly, it’s actually just a great regular makeup look.

Easy Scar by BeautifulYouTV

This is arguably the easiest costume on the list. Using a scarring liquid, which tenses the skin when dry, BeautifulYouTV simply adds a red color and voila! A scar is born.  

Easy Burn by James Charles 

You might recognize James Charles as the first male face of CoverGirl, but his talents go far beyond on-fleek highlighter. Take his burn tutorial, which uses liquid latex, tissue and cotton balls covered in red and black makeup. 

Easy Skull by Chrisspy 

Nothing says Halloween like a skull. This one, which also features a pretty intense contour, is spooky and sultry at the same time.

Easy Pennywise Makeup by RhiannonClaire

Given the recent box office success of the movie “It”, Stephen King’s twisted character Pennywise is sure to be a popular pick for Halloween this year. For those of us not afraid of clowns, there’s this easy tutorial.

Comic Book Makeup by Var

There are so many “pop art” tutorials out there, but none we’ve found that are quite this simple. You’ll pop at your Halloween party using mostly liquid eyeliner. 

Cracked Broken Doll by Shaaanxo

The line between creepy and cute is thin on Halloween, and this doll tutorial is proof. Like many of the other tutorials listed here, the base makeup is the most involved part, followed by tracing random black lines on the face and filling them in with black gel liner and black and white eyeshadow.

Creepy Cute Ventriloquist Doll by KARMAN 

If the cracked doll isn’t creepy enough for you, this one certainly will do the trick. Those huge, sunken eyes are spooky and surprisingly easy to accomplish. 

Easy Kitty Cat Makeup by Sccastaneda


The quintessential Halloween costume made simple. Meow. 

Easy Sugar Skull by Shonagh Scott

The design looks intricate here, but Shonagh Scott explains that it’s actually “very easy.” We’re especially loving the red jewel detail!

Easy Crying Blood Halloween Makeup by Eyedolize Makeup

You’ll cry tears of happiness ― not blood ― when you find out how easy this gory eye makeup tutorial is. It’s the perfect way to give Halloween a nod without actually doing much of anything at all. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.