There are a few Halloween costumes we consider to be classics: the skeleton, the witch, the devil, and the angel (and, more recently, the cat). They're classics because they're popular, timeless, and relatively easy to put together. Today, we're concerned with all things angelic—the heavenly and ethereal costume characterized by an all-white ensemble and bright and glowy makeup.
A single scroll through YouTube will show you countless iterations of angel makeup looks, complete with step-by-step instructions. To make things easier, we decided to curate a list of the nine best tutorials on the web (at least in our humble opinion). We also spoke to makeup artists Camara Aunique and Steve Kassajikian for their expert tips and tricks as well as a few products to recommend along the way. From illuminating primers to iridescent highlighters, these products will make you glow to the high heavens. Keep scrolling to see the best angel makeup tutorials that will you have looking downright heavenly this Halloween.
Meet the Expert
- Camara Aunique is a celebrity makeup artist whose client list includes the likes of Angela Bassett, Ava DuVernay, June Ambrose, Naturi Naughton, and others.
- Steve Kassajikian is Urban Decay's Global Makeup Artist.
Old-Hollywood Angel Makeup
Let's start with this glamorous angel makeup look, which reminds us of something an old Hollywood starlet would wear. The key aspects of this look are mile-long lashes, frosty eye shadow, and pink lipgloss. It's vintage, classic, and heavenly. To get those fluttery lashes try the Ardell Individuals ($5), as these lashes allow for a customized look making them even more fluttery. "You can also mix the Moondust Face & Body Liquid Glitter ($29) into your foundation for the ultimate sheer shimmer finish," says Kassajikian. Lastly, IGK's Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray ($15) adds a veil of glitter to the hair, which can be layered upon for a more dramatic effect. What Halloween costume couldn't use a bit more glitter?
Lilac Angel Makeup
Michelle Phan's take on angel makeup is a little bit smokier and a little bit more dramatic than others on YouTube. Instead of the traditional frosty white shadow so many others use, she opts for a lilac purple color to define her crease. The shimmery shadows in the Juvia's Place Violets Eyeshadow Palette ($14) are perfect for getting this look at home, and Michelle walks through each step to guide you to the heavens. "I use the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion ($24) in shade Freebase," (when doing colorful eye makeup), says Kassajikian, "this is a matte white shade that blocks out your skin tone so you have a blank canvas to work on. It also allows any makeup you apply on top to look bold."
Glitter Cut Crease
Technically, this blue glitter cut crease wasn't solely created for pairing with an angelic Halloween costume, but we think it should anyway. The sky blue certainly seems heavenly to us, especially when paired with a cloudy white eyeliner. Maybelline's Waterproof Gel Eyeliner ($7) in white is smudge and waterproof. The gel formula glides on without any tugging or pulling. Plus, you don't have to spend time applying it in messy layers to achieve color payoff. One swipe provides an opaque finish.
"Glitter is best applied with a flat, dense brush in a patting motion to avoid fallout. Pro tip: Use a setting spray to apply loose glitter. It will work like an adhesive for long wear," says Kassajikian.
Kylie Jenner Angel Makeup
Remember when Kylie Jenner dressed up as an angel for Halloween and surprised us all with her icy white mascara? This YouTuber re-created that very same look and we're still obsessed with it. To get the ultimate wow-factor you'll need rhinestones, like these from Amazon for $8. Lastly, every kind of angel makeup needs some highlighter. We recommend using this drugstore highlighter palette ($15) from Sleek MakeUP. Each of the four formulas has super-fine shimmer particles that give a natural-looking radiance to the skin.
This look is all about cool-toned makeup. You'll need bubblegum pink lipstick, silver eye shadow, and some glue-on jewels to replicate this look, and maybe a halo and a set of wings, too. Glitter is essential, and we love Cinema Secrets'Hollywood Lights Shimmer in Opal ($4). The flecks of blue and pink give it an extra special sparkle. Stila's Glitter and Glow Liquid Shadow ($24) is another Byrdie team favorite. It has a creamy texture and ultra-pigmented finish that looks stunning on the eyelids. Plus it comes in a wide variety of shades, from neutrals to jewel tones.
"Danessa Myricks Beauty's ColorFix Magic Set & Seal gel ($18) is fantastic and locks in the makeup to help with Halloween glam," says Aunique.
Cherub Angel Makeup
This take on angel makeup doesn't focus on frosty white, silver, or gold. Instead, it's warm, youthful, and cherub-like. We love the editorial draped blush and bright statement lip. We'll be trying this look out using our Marc Jacobs Air Blush Soft Glow Duo Blush in Lines and Last Night ($42), which is a similar cherry color.
Sultry Angel Makeup
Similar to the above, this angel makeup is warm, dramatic, and editorial. In fact, we think this makeup look could be worn far past Halloween, and into the rest of the holiday season. After all, we'll never say no to a merlot-colored lip. Get the look using the Covergirl's Melting Pout Matte Liquid Lipstick in All Nighter ($7).
Holographic Angel Makeup
This makeup might have been created for a unicorn costume, but we think it would work perfectly as an edgier take on traditional angel makeup. Everything from the holographic silver shadow, silver star sequins, and hair glitter is celestial and ethereal. Start off by reaching for a primer, which will prep the skin for makeup and keep it in place all night.
After priming, for a base that glows to the heavens, Anique says, "I love using Iconic London’s Illuminator Highlight ($40), and ctzn cosmetics has Globalm ($20), which is an amazing gloss for the skin that you can use on the eyes, lips, and cheeks. I love the pearl color."
We also love the multi-colored lids, recreate this look using the Lime Crime LID-LITE Eyeshadows ($16).
Gold Glitter Angel Makeup
If you prefer gold to silver, this all-over metallic look is for you. Aside from a set of faux lashes, you'll need chunky gold glitter and lots of it. NYX's Face and Body Glitter in Gold ($7), is perfect for recreating this look at home. "I love to shop for glitter at any makeup store Naimies, Alcone, or even the art stores like Michaels have fun glitter for projects," Aunique notes. You'll look gilded and celestial, and we love that the glitter doesn't need to stop on the eyes: hair, neck, and chest included. Finish with a setting spray to keep everything locked in place. The Dewy Setting Spray ($8) from NYX is a fan favorite that adds an extra layer of glow to the skin.