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15 Makeup Tutorials For A Halloween Look So Great, It’s Scary

Posted by Anita Sun

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And if you’re thinking to yourself “wait a minute… it’s not December!” you’re right. Because we’re not talking about Christmas… we’re talking about Halloween.

Halloween is arguably the most fun and festive day of the holiday season. Between candy, scary movie marathons, “Thriller” flash mobs, and - of course - the crazy costumes, there’s no better day to let loose, have fun, and get into the (ghoulish) spirit of the season.

Having the right costume is a key to crushing it on Halloween. And while you can go the easy route and rely on a yawn-worthy costume you pick up at Party City the day before Halloween, why not kick it up a notch this year and create a costume that will truly blow people away?

The right makeup look can mean the difference between a mediocre and a mind-blowing costume. Here are 15 makeup tutorials to take your costume to the next level and give you a Halloween look so great, it’s scary:

Spooky Makeup Tutorials

Looking to scare the trick-or-treaters away this Halloween? Then you’ll definitely want to check out these spooky makeup tutorials:

A NSFW Jack-O-Lantern


Jack-O-Laterns are a Halloween staple, but this makeup tutorial transforms the traditionally cute, child-friendly pumpkin into a terrifying, scream-worthy monstrosity that will be sure to impress your friends - and frighten your trick-or-treaters.

Floating Head


A great tutorial for beginners, this makeup look will leave you looking like you got into a fight with an ax… and lost.



If you’ve got some drawing or painting skills - and a lot of patience - this half-skeleton might be just the spooky Halloween look you’re looking for.

Pennywise The Clown from “It”

If there’s anything in the world scarier than clowns, we don’t want to know about it. And the scariest clown of them all has to be Pennywise, the killer clown who wreaks havoc on a small town in Maine in the Stephen King classic “It.” Thanks to the reboot, this clown will be haunting the dreams of a whole new generation - and thanks to this makeup tutorial, you can create your own Pennywise and haunt your friends this Halloween.

Glam Zombie

If you want to retain just a touch of glam with your spooky makeup look, check out this Glam Zombie tutorial from makeup guru Jaclyn Hill.

Cute Makeup Tutorials

Is spooky not your style? If so, take a look at these makeup tutorials that go for a more “cute” than “terrifying” look:


This deer tutorial is totally adorable - and perfect for all you Bambi lovers out there. This tutorial would also rock for Harry Potter fans looking to dress up as a Patronus (Snape or Lilly’s!) this Halloween.

Unicorn (Light and Dark)

Who doesn’t love unicorns?! They’re the most magical creatures around. This tutorial gives you two options - the more traditional, rainbow-hued unicorn look or a darker option for you edgier unicorns out there.

Kitty Cat

Meow! If you’re not exactly a makeup expert and you’re looking for a quick and easy look this Halloween, look no further than the tried-and-true kitty cat. This tutorial is super easy and will be a snap for even the makeup-challenged among us.

Your Fave Snapchat Filters

You know that Snapchat filter where it looks like a waterfall of rainbows is shooting out of your mouth? Well, now you can bring that Snapchat filter to life this Halloween thanks to this tutorial.


Mermaids will never go out of style. Channel your inner Ariel this Halloween with this super sparkly tutorial.

Tips For Protecting Your Skin This Halloween

Now, as much as we love all of these Halloween makeup tutorials, too much heavy makeup can lead to breakouts and irritation, so it’s important to protect your skin.

Here are a few tips for protecting your skin this Halloween:

  • Use a primer or heavy moisturizer before putting on your Halloween makeup; the product will act as a barrier and keep the makeup from having direct contact with your skin
  • If you’re using new makeup or products to create your Halloween look, make sure you read the ingredient list; avoid harsh ingredients that tend to pop up in Halloween makeup like lead, cobalt, and red pigment, which is known to cause irritation
  • Read the instructions for all new makeup products from beginning to end; Halloween makeup often has specific instructions for application and removal, and not following instructions can lead to itchy, irritated, or broken out skin
  • Take your Halloween makeup off as soon as you wrap up your Halloween festivities; the less time you spend in a full face of makeup, the better
  • Make sure to treat your skin to help it recover from your Halloween makeup extravaganza; try the DERMOVIA Lace A Peel, which will remove any impurities and deeply cleanse the skin, followed by the Lace Your Face Calming Chamomile which will help soothe any irritation

Are you going to tackle one of these tutorials this Halloween? We’d love to see the final look! Share your photos and videos in the comments below!

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