9 Of The Best Halloween Makeup Tutorials

I have to be honest with you. I’m kinda a Halloween Scrooge. But it's not my fault.

Growing up my parents didn’t let me and my siblings participate in anything Halloween related. That meant no dressing up, no trick-or-treating, and my parents didn’t give out Halloween candy.

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There were a few times my parents would relax the Halloween costume rule if there was a group we participated in that asked everyone to dress up. So I have little to no experience in coming up with a Halloween costume or decorations.

And since I didn’t get to participate in Halloween as a child I see no reason to start going all out as an adult. Now mind you I DO pass out Halloween candy to neighborhood trick-or-treaters and I participate in my workplace's Halloween event (mostly because I don’t have a choice).

What I don’t do is decorate my house or spend lots of time, effort, and money dressing up.

That being said, I can appreciate a good Halloween costume, especially the makeup. Makeup can make or break a Halloween costume.

But good news, I’ve found some Halloween makeup tutorials that will make your costume. Plus, several of them are easy to do.

Animal makeup

If you’re dressing up as an animal this Halloween you should check out these animal makeup tutorials from Livingly.com. I love how animal-like all of these looks are. I think my fave is the peacock.


If you want to wear a costume that is more character related these makeup tutorials may be more up your alley.

Too Much Mouth has a few good ones like this Unzipped Half Skeleton Halloween Makeup Tutorial and this Zombie Bride tutorial.

The mermaid seems to be a popular costume for women. I’ve seen many makeup tutorials for mermaids. Including this one from HGTV.

This is another tutorial from Twist Me Pretty, it's for Evil Queen Makeup. 

If you're looking for an iconic female makeup look this one for Cruella de Vil from msroshposh could be just what you're looking for.

Halloween themed

For those times when you don't have a costume or want to even really dress up check out these makeup tutorials. They are Halloween themed but can be worn with anything, not just a specific costume.

There is this Easy Last Minute Halloween Spider Eye Makeup Tutorial from Jessica Melgoza. She does a good job of taking you through what she does step-by-step and the makeup brushes she uses.

Another option is this Lightning makeup from Julia Salvia.

What are you dressing up as this Halloween?