15 Shockingly Beautiful Halloween Face Paint Ideas

Updated 09/28/18

Festive makeup is always fun, and 'tis the season to be extra. Everyone's obsessed with natural makeup, which is totally fine, but Halloween gives you the perfect excuse to live out your wildest makeup fantasies IRL. Fond childhood memories of getting your face painted at birthday parties might come to mind, but even though you're a grown-up, you can still paint your face. #YOLO

Instagram is like a gold mine when it comes to finding Halloween makeup inspiration. Some of these looks require lots of skill while others are rather easy, but the fun part is in experimenting. Ahead, find our favorite Halloween face paint glam. Then carve out some one-on-one time with your mirror so you can practice your winning costume makeup look this year. 

Rainbow Half-Skull

You can never go wrong with a half-skull glammed up with fun colors. Vlogger SydMarie depended on Tarte Tarteist Clay Paint Eye Liner ($24) to create these sharp, jet-black shapes. 

Sugar Skull

How gorgeous is this screenshot-worthy look? All eyes will definitely be on you if you model your makeup after this. Wondering where those sparkly gemstones are from? Makeup artist Hope Phillips got them from The Gypsy Shrine

Botched Smile

This look is half-SFX, half-glam, and we're into the juxtaposition. It's hard to choose where our eyes go first—the wicked smile or the rainbow eye shadow. Makeup influencer Manny MUA's Lunar Beauty Life's a Drag Palette ($45) was used on her eyes. 

Queen of Hearts

Wow, who wouldn't want to pull this card? (Sorry, had to.) Those spooky-colored contacts are from Ttdeye. Use her code Sydmarie for 10% off your purchase. 

Under the Sea

This all-blue-everything vibe is seriously next-level. This makeup artist, Carrie, used Ruby Kisses Cosmetics Forever Matte Lipstick in Azure ($5) for that vibrant blue and Nyx White Liquid Liner ($7) for that pop of ice white. 

Girly Clown

How cute is this clown makeup? Makeup vlogger SydMarie used Inglot Duraline ($14), which is a clear liquid formula that intensifies the look of powder colors and keeps your makeup water-resistant and locked in place.

Northern Lights

This galactic face paint literally looks out of this world. It's all in the details, and this is quite picturesque.

Glitter Tears

We've seen glitter tears everywhere—from New York Fashion Week runways to a cool-girl Halloween makeup look. This simple trick can be jazzed up with colorful eye shadow. The gorgeous blue shade from the KKW X Mario Palette ($45) was used for this eye. 

Classic Half-Skull

If you're trying to re-create this look for less, Nyx Cosmetics seems to be a popular pick among beauty vloggers. Makeup artist Rose Mallen used Nyx's SFX Creme Colours ($10) in shades white and black to execute this look. 

Green Goddess

We've arguably never seen green look better on a Halloween makeup look. Makeup YouTuber Shania Parris killed this look. The left green contact sets this entire look off—so fire. 

Sun Dawn

This is a literal day-to-night look, and her highlight is so good it's practically blinding. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter ($28) is responsible for the effervescent glow—you're welcome. 

Blank Canvas

Avant-garde face paint for the win. The white paint used to create this artsy look is @officialsnazaroo.

Glamorous Kitty

How amazing is this vibrant pink look? This Sigma Beauty Power Crayon in Ode to Pink ($11) is the shade this artist used for that fuchsia-kissed lip. 

Fire Sign Aries

Take the simple route and rep your horoscope sign this year. This sunset orange eye is everything courtesy of Juvia's Place The Magic Palette ($25). 


We're getting Skittles "tase the rainbow" vibes from this colorful look. Have a little fun with every liquid liner shade you own to re-create this look. 

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