Festive makeup is always fun, and 'tis the season to be extra. Everyone's obsessed with natural makeup, which is totally fine and great and all, 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.
Instagram is an absolute gold mine when it comes to finding Halloween makeup inspiration. Warning: Some of these looks require lots of skill, while others are rather easy, but the fun part is 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.
1. 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.
(Note: This should go without saying, but please be respectful when doing sugar skull makeup.)
2. Under the Sea
This all-blue-everything vibe is seriously next-level. The makeup artist, Carrie, accentuated the bright bursts of blue with NYX Professional Makeup's White Liquid Liner ($7).
3. Glitter Tears
We've seen glitter tears everywhere—from New York Fashion Week runways to cool-girl Halloween makeup looks. This simple trick can be jazzed up with colorful eyeshadow. The gorgeous blue shade from the KKW X Mario Palette ($45) was used for this eye, though it's a hot commodity and currently sold out. If you don't want to opt for a dupe, make sure to sign up to be notified when it's back in stock.
4. Classic Half-Skull
If you're trying to recreate this look for less, NYX Professional Cosmetics seems to be a popular pick among beauty vloggers. Makeup artist Rose Mallen used NYX's SFX Créme Colours ($10) in shades black and white to execute this look.
5. Green Goddess
We've arguably never seen a more head-turning green Halloween makeup look. Makeup YouTuber Shania Parris killed it. The left green contact really ties it all together.
6. Sun Dawn
This is a literal day-to-night look, and her highlight is so good it's practically blinding. While the sold-out Anastasia Beverly Hills Amrezy Highlighter is responsible for her effervescent glow, you can snag a similar eye-catching radiance with Laura Mercier's Face Illuminating Highlighting Powder ($45).
7. Blank Canvas
Avant-garde face paint for the win. The white paint used to create this artsy look is Official Snazaroo's Classic White Face Paint ($7).
8. 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's The Magic Mini Eyeshadow Palette ($25).
9. Lavender Dreams
These lavender-hued clouds have us daydreaming about Halloween. With an icy shimmer finish and sparkly lips to boot, your head will certainly be in the clouds after creating this look. Two of the brands responsible for this must-copy #MOTN are ColourPop Cosmetics and Anastasia Beverly Hills.
10. Galaxy Blush
This intergalactic blush look is literally out of this world. Makeup artist Zorin Blitz created the look using Sugarpill Cosmetics' Pressed Eyeshadow ($13) in Velocity, along with NYX Cosmetics' Ultimate Shadow Palette ($18).
11. Queen Nala
If you're a fan of the "Lion King", this look will definitely remain in your top Halloween makeup looks of all time. Here, Queen Nala is brought to life using The Crayon Case's Box of Crayons Palette ($30), along with Lux Glamm Cosmetics' Zodiac Collection Chunky Glitter ($10) in Leo.
12. Neon Face Frame
Reminiscent of a light-up neon sign, this face-framing makeup will surely turn heads. The makeup artist credits Makeup A Murder's Poison Neon Pigment ($4) in Pink for the bold pop of color.
13. Seeing Quadruple
At times we wish we could have two sets of eyes, but this look takes seeing double to the next level with four sets of eyes that come equipped with individual eyeshadow looks. For this mega-creative makeup look, use NYX Cosmetics' Ultimate Eyeshadow Palette ($18), and Mehron Makeup's Paradise Makeup AQ ($13) in white, black, and grey.
14. The Jawbreaker
Sweet like a candy jawbreaker, this confetti paint-splattered look is super fun to recreate due to all of the colors you can use. Snazaroo's Fantasy Face Paint Kit ($18) is responsible for the perfectly detailed painted dots here.
15. Face Painted
This look brings a whole new meaning to face painting. With a vibe that looks like something out of a Roy Lichtenstein painting, NikkieTutorials killed it.
16. Fizzy Pop
Sweet and bubbly like your favorite soda, this look certainly packs a colorful, mouth-watering punch. The makeup artist here credits Lunar Beauty's Life's a Drag Eyeshadow Palette ($45) for the eye look and yellow face hue.
17. Bright Eyes
Talk about a glow-up. This rainbow-colored eye look combines well-blended eyeshadow and fine lines of face paint to deliver a simple-yet-stunning Halloween makeup idea.
18. X-Ray Beauty
Sometimes an impactful Halloween makeup look is as simple as showing up only half glam. Just look at this x-ray-inspired makeup idea if you don't believe us.
19. Harley Quinn
Hoping to show off your villainously-good looks this Halloween? This simple cartoon-inspired makeup requires three paint colors and a touch of patience to create.
20. Cat Woman
Keeping with the comic book theme, here we have a simple Cat Woman makeup look that can be brought to life with nothing more than black and white paint, red and white eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and your favorite red lipstick.
21. Rainbow Skull
If you don't want to cover your entire face in paint, look no further than this bright rainbow skull idea. While the paint coverage is far less than some of the other makeup looks, the impact will be just as great.
22. Starry Eyed
Who knew a diagonal swoop of stars could make such a statement? While this example features pale blue bursts, the options are endless for your own starry masterpiece.
23. Butterfly Lids
Want to keep your Halloween allure on your lids? This intricate butterfly eye makeup idea can be created with black paint or your favorite liquid eyeliner.
24. Jessica Rabbit
Who said face paint has to look like, well, face paint? This version might appear to be plain makeup, but thanks to inconspicuous purple paint, the lids and gloves match perfectly.
25. Flower Power
This colorful makeup look is sure to make you want to stop and smell the flowers. The best part is you can copy the idea while including all your favorite blooms. There's no rhyme or reason to the look, just mixed florals in all their strewn-about glory.
26. No Rain, No Rainbow
As the popular saying illustrates, rain and rainbows must coexist. That's clearly the idea here, where London-based influencer Anna created a dark-and-light, left-to-right makeup look that perfectly represents the balance between stormy skies and sunny days.
27. Out of This World
Talk about a stellar makeup look. This Saturn-inspired eye look might be confined to the lids, but the impact goes up, up, and beyond.
Next up: Discover 10 devilish makeup looks beginners can pull off this Halloween.