10 Pretty Halloween Looks That Only Require Eyeliner

Updated 10/06/19

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Let's be honest: Preparing for Halloween can go one of two ways. While some of us wait until the day before to make major decisions, we all have that friend who prefers to prepare costumes and book plans months in advance. If you're of the former camp, you'll be thrilled to discover simple Halloween looks that require little to no extra effort (or cash) to create. 

That's where your makeup bag comes into play. With your favorite eyeliner in hand, you'll be able to create any of the screenshot-worthy Halloween makeup ideas, below.

1. Cat Face

It's classic for a reason. Sure, there might be a thousand of you running around, but hey, at least no one can give you flack for not trying (sort of). Plus, you can mix it up with different kitty variations if you so choose.

2. Black Widow

You can never go wrong with spidery accents on Halloween—especially when they're in the form of head-turning webbed eyeliner. If you want to take it a step further, wear different shades of eyeliner on each eye with a coordinating colored contact. Talk about scary!

3. Glam Skeleton

When all else fails, turn your face into a skeleton—a glam skeleton, to be clear. Click here for the full tutorial.

4. Mysterious Masquerade

How stunning is this black lace masquerade mask? Check out how YouTuber Shonagh Scott uses Kryolan's Faceliner ($21) to nail the intricate detail.

5. Retro Comic Character

Supplement a few minimalist swipes of eyeliner with colored eye shadow and lipstick, and you've got a deceptively simple take on a Roy Lichtenstein painting. (PSA: Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil ($22) won't budge and comes in a ton of colors.)

6. Tiger

If animal ears are the only costume accessory handy, draw on this realistic tigress face to take an ordinary costume to a new level. Find a similar tutorial here. Only instead of using paint, use strokes of your favorite black, orange, and white eyeliners.

7. Scarecrow

Perhaps this isn't the most innovative costume, but considering it's as simple as eyeliner, a plaid shirt, and a straw hat, it's a win-win all around.

8. Zombie

We love how versatile this veiny Halloween makeup look is. Best of all, you just have to draw on your veins and rock whatever outfit you please. Everyone will be so mesmerized by your stellar makeup skills that they won't care what you're calling yourself.

9. Cleopatra

This goddess makeup is all. about. the. eyes. To master the killer cat eye, add pops of rich pigments like glittery gold and rich turquoise. We love the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner ($25) in Whirl(Pool) and Sunset Pool for intense color payoff that won't fade.

10. Heartbreaker

Call yourself cupid, a heartbreaker, or anything in-between. These heart-shaped tears leave a lot to the imagination, but who cares? They're too adorable to pass up.

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