8 Butterfly Makeup Tutorials That Have Us Mesmerized

Updated 09/12/18
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Before butterfly- and goddess-inspired social media filters monopolized our costume choices, there was Heidi Klum, Hollywood's unofficial muse regarding all things Halloween. Leave it to the supermodel to test-drive all brilliant costume ideas pre–social media phenomenon. Back in 2014, Klum dressed up as a butterfly—a somewhat terrifying butterfly outfitted in the most ginormous insect eyes we've ever seen, but a butterfly nonetheless. 

Of course, you could go that route (i.e. super theatrical), or you could channel Klum's butterfly effect with a less bug-centric vibe instead. Personally, we're thinking the latter, so we decided to hit the bottomless depths of the internet—ahem, YouTube—to find the best Halloween butterfly makeup tutorials worth trying this year. While choosing our favorites was tough, we landed on a select eight that are not only breathtakingly ethereal but also surprisingly easy to master. So to complete the ultimate metamorphosis this October, keep reading. We have eight must-see butterfly makeup tutorials you don't want to miss. 

Butterfly Goddess

We have a weird, insatiable obsession with anything foil—lids, nails, tattoos, leftovers… You get the picture. Therefore, wearing it all over our face and neck as part of a showstopping Halloween aesthetic only makes sense. Here, vlogger Joanna Vongphoumy shows us how to utilize said foil, in addition to gorgeous shades of crimson, to create the ultimate butterfly effect. Minus the dusting of light-blue butterflies, the end result isn't too costumey, so it's perfect for Halloween and beyond. 

Mermaid Butterfly

Okay, okay, yes, we understand mermaids and butterflies represent two very different and very popular costume camps once Halloween rolls around, but why not have the best of both worlds? This aquamarine interpretation of the classic butterfly vibe is everything we want from a memorable costume and makeup moment this Halloween. Beauty lover and vlogger Divide.N.Contour walks us through the look of our fin-tasies. 

Butterfly Princess

Blue lashes, yellow lids, pink hair, and a smattering of periwinkle butterflies? YouTube vlogger Sherliza Moé is butterfly perfection. We're 100% transfixed with this Halloween makeup tutorial that's one part fairytale, one part butterfly, and frankly, we're itching to try it out for ourselves. Oh, and just in case you decide to opt in for the wig, Nicki Minaj's very own mane master, Kendall Dorsey, gave us his best tips and tricks when it comes to Halloween wearing a wig. 

Snapchat Butterfly

It's no surprise we've copycatted and translated all of our favorite social media filters into real-life Halloween looks over the years. (Baby fawn, anyone?) Alas, the oh so popular butterfly-goddess-gilded-perfection filter is one of our all-time faves, and thanks to My Pale Skin, we're finally getting a glittering how-to just in time for this year's Halloween shenanigans. True, the headpiece is kind of the star of the show here, but we also lust over the simplicity of gold shimmering lids, wispy ink-black lashes, and the perfect nude pout. Think of this one as butterfly Halloween makeup for the minimalist—or in our case, the procrastination artist. 

Baby-Doll Butterfly

This baby-pink butterfly makeup is the most whimsical we've seen. Thus, if you're planning to ignore the scary side of the costume spectrum this Halloween and want to go with something more ethereal instead, we think this look courtesy of Miss Make Over is the ultimate antidote. The process is surprisingly easy to master, and she even explains the magic behind her DIY headpiece, which, duh, is essential. 

Butterfly Fairy

Vlogger Julia Graf describes this Technicolor take on Halloween butterfly makeup as "butterfly fairy," and we'd have to agree. The sky is the limit as far as your color palette goes, but we're personally big fans of the way Graf interspersed bright pops of magenta, fuchsia, and electric orange and yellow. 

Montezuma's Cattleheart

Distinctive due to its signature flash of black and crimson, the Montezuma's cattleheart butterfly is the inspiration for Alexis B.'s Halloween-perfect makeup tutorial. No, we didn't just know that off the top of our heads. We most definitely Googled it. We love the drama of the ultra-dark red which feels right for the season of spooks. 

Classic Monarch

Is it a coincidence that the classic colors of the monarch butterfly are an exact match for Halloween's trademark twosome? This year, show off your spooky black-and-orange vibe via intricately adored eyelids and décolletage, accented by a blood orange–stained pout. New Zealand–based beauty and fashion blogger Judy C. takes you through the totally doable metamorphosis step by step. 

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