If the words Halloween, makeup, and kit send nostalgic shivers down your back (or resurrect day-before Party City remembrances) you're not alone. In a word, the typical Halloween makeup kit reads cheesy. There, we said it. And even more typical, said kit warrants one use and one use only—a half-hearted, underwhelming application that's great for enhancing your costume on Halloween night but not so great for the other 364 days (or nights) of the year. Sound familiar?
Of course, the "unnecessary" is all part of the allure of Halloween. What better time to dress, decorate, and drink in theme than the season of spook? However, with a little bit of strategy, you can actually complete your holiday beauty vibe without the use of a cheesy $3 makeup kit and with a kit that you'll love and actually want to use again—be it daily or for an extra-special night out or party. Truly, with the following Halloween makeup compilations, the possibilities are endless. Keep scrolling for 11 essential collections suitable for whatever getup you plan to rock this Halloween.
If you mean business this Halloween (and perhaps every Halloween hereafter), we recommend this thorough assortment from the masters at Ben Nye. The brand just celebrated its 50th anniversary, marking just how long it's been a major name within the theater, film, and professional makeup realms. The formulas are insanely pigmented, easily blended, and epically long-lasting.
This makeup kit, in particular, contains three foundations, a cream contour wheel, a bruise and abrasion wheel, highlight, shadow, white cream color, powder cheek rough, eyebrow and lip pencils, liquid latex, nose and scar wax, translucent face powder, spirit gum adhesive, spirit gum remover, stage blood, and a variety of puffs, brushes, sponges, and combs for a perfect-for-Halloween makeup job. At $60, that's some serious bang for your buck.
Complete with one masterfully vibrant eye shadow duo, one tube of shimmer and glow, one perfect-for-smudging eyeliner, and Stila's cult-classic liquid eyeliner, this limited-edition kit from the brand is a great option for completing your Halloween makeup look. Plus, you have five gemstone-inspired hues to choose from: Sapphire, Jade, Amethyst, Labradorite, or Smoky Quartz—pick your poison.
Remember when we told you how to execute your Halloween makeup using eyeliner and eyeliner only? Yeah, this discovery kit from Tarte will come in clutch for that. At $28, it won't break the bank, and it includes a travel-size mascara (perfect for packing in your purse), liquid eyeliner, highlighter, and, last but not least, lashes and adhesive to accent. Plus, because it's Tarte, everything is cruelty-free.
Halloween night calls for an impenetrable base to outsmart the ghouls, goblins, and all other witchcraft (aka too-strong Halloween-inspired cocktails) threatening to bring your look down an octave. So leave it to the master of bold and budge-proof, Kat Von D, to bless us with a preventative kit to keep foundation in tip-top shape all night long. Featuring the brand's beloved Lock-It Foundation, setting powder, and mist, this epic trio scares away fading, smears and any other tomfoolery your face may encounter.
In case you missed it, Urban Decay's OG Naked Palette will be laid to rest, so there's no better time than the present to snatch up the brand's limited-edition ride-or-die eye shadow quad. Featuring Naked, Naked2, Naked3, and Naked Heat, this kit will take your Halloween beauty vibe to the next level this year, and the next and the next.
Halloween or otherwise, a bold brow is at the epicenter of any monumental beauty look. And luckily, Anastasia Beverly Hills' quintessential kit has you covered. Here's what you'll get: the brand's signature (and patented!) stencils, a brow powder duo, the #7 brush, tweezers, and the Stay-All-Night clear brow gel.
Okay, okay, besides festival season, there might not be another annual occasion you'll need Mehron's Fantasy FX body paint for other than Halloween. However, when you need body paint, you need body paint, right? This isn't a kit, per se, but with over 15 shades to choose from all at feasible price points, it's easy to put one together centered around the theme of your costume. Plus, the smooth cream formula easily washes off with a quick douse of witches brew, or soap and water.
Described by the brand as "glitter for adults," Lemonhead L.A.'s wide array of addictive photogenic glitter is a no-brainer once Halloween rolls around. (For inspiration, check out this and this.) And with its Highlite Duet, you can curate your perfect sparkle MO. First, choose your Highlite glitter—either Adult Film or Houdini—and then your full-size Spacepaste accompaniment.
Oh, and since we couldn't choose just one gem from the brand, we're also throwing Lemonhead L.A.'s spell-binding Glowjam into the mix. Which, you guessed it, is glow-in-the-dark glitter. We recommend compiling all five colors for a sensational, night-friendly makeup vibe this Halloween.
If you're mourning the nostalgic ambiance of something a little tackier (but endearingly so), we recommend this comprehensive kit from Imagic which can tackle virtually any Halloween makeup challenge. It comes complete with brushes, body paint, wax, and remover.
An investment? Surely. But with that being said, this ethereal perfection of a makeup kit might just be one of the most desired in the world. And it's absolutely perfect for an otherworldly Halloween-inspired makeup application or, you know, a top-notch everyday glow. Our editors are obsessed with the kit's inner workings (three dual-ended highlighters and balms, a prismatic highlighting palette, and six high-wattage lipsticks), and we have a hunch you will be too.