5 Halloween Looks That Only Require Black-and-White Makeup

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It's not always easy to get a costume together. It's made even more difficult when it calls for a slew of expensive makeup products and a ton of expertise to pull off the beauty look. Don't fret, though: We planned ahead and knew this would happen—that we'd freak out and have to come up with something semi-last-minute. 

Instead of spending all our money on one-time-use makeup and locking ourselves in the bathroom for hours, we're rounding up a bunch of looks that only require two things: black and white makeup. You can buy an eyeliner, a cream shadow, and use your own brushes, and that's all. Below, find the best black-and-white makeup looks and some of the products you'll need to pull them off. 

A Skeleton

Makeup artist with intricate black and white skull design on bottom half of face and winged liner


Though it looks intricate, you can create skeleton face makeup super easily with a few brushes and black and white face paint. Here, Stephanie West decided to just paint the lower end of her face, leaving the top half open to interpretation (and taking away some of the time-intensive getting-ready aspect). 

Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto
Nars Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Via Veneto $24.00

A Cat

For even more low-maintenance makeup, go for a simple cat look. You'll need just one tool, preferably a black eyeliner, to add whiskers, a nose, and a subtle feline flick on your eye. 

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner $23.00

A Member of Kiss

For the musically inclined, opt to dress up like one of the members in Kiss. All you'll need is white face makeup, black liner, and a red lip (which we're assuming you already have in one form or another). Use tape to trace the star, to keep everything precise, and you're good to go. 

Ghost Powder
Makeup Revolution Ghost Powder $8.00

Cobweb Eyes

Makeup artist wears white spider web eye makeup with spider design on cheek


To look particularly creepy and crawly, try a spidery look on for size this Halloween. Keep it simple with web designs as seen here, or you can also attach plastic spiders to make it all 3D (and even scarier) and create a smoky eye with a deep black, shimmery cream eye shadow. 

All in the Family

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner as Gomez and Morticia Addams for Halloween 2018


Morticia Addams, as embodied here by Sophie Turner for Halloween 2018, is a striking makeup choice and easier to recreate than you would think. Start by using a white cream shadow or face paint as a base, then use black shades for your smoky eye makeup and contour and finish off with your favorite red lip.

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