11 Last-Minute Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas

Halloween Makeup

With these easy to repeat Halloween makeup ideas, you don’t need to spend too much money on a Halloween costume. Grab your regular makeup stash, pick up a few special effect makeup goodies from Amazon and you are Halloween-ready!

If you are like me, Halloween is the most exciting holiday of the year for you. I start brainstorming costume ideas in summer, but when the fall comes oftentimes I still can’t make up my mind and end up purchasing whatever costume is available on Amazon or at my local Halloween supplies store.

This year, I decided to take a completely different approach toward my Halloween makeup look and create my own costumes using affordable makeup products and accessories that you can find at your local pharmacy or on Amazon. The best part about these budget-friendly Halloween costume ideas is that you will not see a dozen people wearing the exact same Halloween look. Below, are some of the Halloween makeup ideas that are easy to repeat — on a budget!

Devil Babe

All you need to create this look is a good black eyeliner, a set of self-adhesive crystals (any Halloween supply store has it for about $5), and your favorite shade of red lipstick. If you are running low on the eye pencil department, consider CoverGirl Perfect Point Eyeliner that you can find at any pharmacy. Apply it on your brows, bridge of the nose, and on top of the red liquid lipstick to create the devilishly fabulous Halloween makeup look!

Bumblee Bee Halloween Makeup Idea

To Bee or Not to Bee

This is the easiest Halloween makeup look to pull! In fact, you don’t even need any props to create it. As you see, I tried to match my puppy’s costume without having a Bumble Bee headband so I just used flowers secured on a plastic headband. For makeup, you’ll need a yellow eyeshadow and a black lipstick (or just a pencil!) to match the color theme of the costume. But there is no specific way you should go about this look — to be safe, you can just go ahead and apply your typical eye makeup look, but use bright yellow eyeshadows instead of your typical hues. So easy to repeat and so cute!

Halloween Stripe Girl Makeup

Stripe Girl

Trust me when I say that this Halloween makeup is the easiest costume to repeat! All you need is to apply a white base (you can find it at any Halloween supply store) or a foundation which is way lighter than you need. Then, use any colorful eyeliners that you have in your makeup collection to draw vertical lines. No wig is needed, but if you add the one that matches some of the colors of the stripes, that’s a great idea. FYI I scored my wig for $5.99 at a local pharmacy — so Halloween deals are there, you just need to look for them.

Day of the Dead Makeup

Day of the Dead

It takes too much time and effort to do a typical Day of the Dead makeup look. If you are running short of time, why not doing a deconstructed version of it? I picked a Day of the Day kit at the Halloween supply store but decided to put the pearls onto my cheeks, not my eyes. I used pastel shades to make them look a bit less scary and a typical Day of the Dead headband to finish the look. You see, it’s easier than you thought!

Marie Antoinette

This Halloween makeup look might look more difficult than it really is. In reality, all you need is to apply your makeup as usual and then glue on some gold foil where needed. I used eyelash glue and Kryolan gold flakes (check craft supplies store for those) to camouflage the edge of my affordable Marie Antoinette look. You see, now when you know the truth, this Haloween makeup doesn’t sound that intimidating, right?

Candy Girl Halloween Makeup

Candy Girl

In comparison, this Halloween makeup look actually took forever as I couldn’t find pigmented enough eyeshadow shades. But then I remembered of Pur My Little Pony Eyeshadow Palette and everything became so much easier! The palette offers an incredible color payoff and effortless blending so it took just a moment to apply and blend all three shades. For lips, I used my new favorite lipstick: Laura Mercier Velour Extreme Matte Lipstick in the shade Fab.

Mermaid Makeup Ideas for Halloween


I always wanted to create one of the fishnet makeup looks that I see all the time on Instagram but these seem too difficult to repeat. It was not until I decided to try recreating one of those Mermaid’y looks myself when I figured how easy it actually is. In fact, after testing the technique a few times I actually think that it saves time while creating a last-minute Halloween makeup look. Don’t believe it? Check out my in-depth tutorial on how to create this Mermaid Halloween makeup look and you’ll be surprised how easy it is!

cat makeup tutorial

Cat Lady

Literally the easiest Halloween costume of them all! Bring on your liquid and soft eyeliner, put on some cat ears and you are ready to go. And if you want some highlighter whiskers, make sure to follow this tutorial that breaks down step-by-step how to create the Halloween Kitty makeup look.

Harley Quinn Suicide Squad Makeup Tutorial

Harley Quinn

Halloween is not Halloween if you don’t try the epic Harley Quinn makeup look! I did it last year and I loved my costume so much! To create this look, I went all the way in with the props, from ponytails wig to a T-Shirt and a jacket. But honestly speaking, you can totally make it work by putting your hair in ponytails and putting on a signature Harley Quinn red and blue makeup look. Wonder how to do it? Check out my tutorial on how to recreate this cutest Harley Quinn Halloween makeup look!

Minnie Mouse

Finally, I can’t skip on the sweetest look we created in collaboration with my bestie Mariann. She is obsessed with all things Disney so I decided, why not trying a Minnie Mouse look for her? It’s one of the cutest characters and you don’t need many props to recreate it. Just have a Minnie Mouse headband on hand or create a bow bun hairdo. All details on this look are in this step-by-step makeup tutorial.

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There you have it: 11 Halloween makeup looks that I came out with over the last few years. I hope you found this post helpful and were able to find the inspiration for your last-minute Halloween look. Again, you don’t have to spend too much money on all the Halloween props. All you need to #score at Halloween is your imagination!

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