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9 Epic Halloween Makeup Tutorials (No Costume Necessary)

Most of us at Byrdie HQ regard the first 30 days of October simply as pre-Halloween prep. Sure, fall is great and everything, but the second we hit October 1, our minds start racing thinking about the big H-word. Whether you’re a cat-ears-and-go kind of person or team head-to-toe transformation, Halloween is the one day a year when everyone gets to indulge and play dress-up again.

However, we do understand that not everyone is the type to plan out their costume weeks in advance, which is why we’ve gathered nine of the best Halloween makeup tutorials on the interweb to help you join in on the festivities, no actual costume required. Because we get it—not everyone can spend weeks stitching together leotards and glue-gunning feathers. (And sometimes even a quick run to Goodwill feels like too much to bear.)

For those of you who still want to make an impact but just don’t have the time (or energy) to go all-out, why not let your makeup do the talking? Keep scrolling for nine epic Halloween makeup tutorials, from flapper girls to ancient Egyptian queens. Trust us—these are good. And yes, you'll thank us later.

Doll Makeup

Red-haired woman wearing doll-themed makeup
Byrdie / Justin Coit

What better occasion to don fake freckles than Halloween? With a pop of pink lipstick and super-long lashes, you’ll be all set to tell people you’re a doll (duh). Check out our step-by-step doll makeup tutorial.

Mermaid Makeup

All you need for this ethereal look is blue eye shadow, shimmer, and blue lipstick. We love the mesmerizing final effect from this look by beauty vlogger Alatorre.

Baby Fawn

What’s cuter than a baby deer? Few things, which is why you should channel one for Halloween this year. This Halloween makeup tutorial will help!

Ziggy Stardust

Brunette-haired woman wearing Ziggy Stardust-themed makeup
Nasty Gal

The go-to for costume-less cool girls everywhere, David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust is the easiest look to pull off. All you need is some face paint and well-placed Scotch tape. Click here for the step-by-step tutorial.

Betty Boop

YouTuber Kandee Johnson as Betty Boop
Kandee Johnson

Betty Boop is surprisingly easy to pull off, thanks to this detailed tutorial by Kandee Johnson. Now go dig that red dress out of the depths of your closet.

Flapper Girl

Channel a flapper girl with a swipe of red lipstick, soft brown shadow, and a matte complexion. We love this Halloween makeup tutorial by Teni Panosian.

Pop-Art Makeup

Give yourself plenty of time to turn yourself into a pop-art masterpiece. The result will be worth it. We promise.

K-Pop Star

Everyone has a K-pop star inside of them just waiting to get out (or so we say). Glam it up with a dramatic wing, fluttery lashes, and bright pop of pink lip gloss, and then just grab your nearest mic and silver hot pants.


Woman dressed as Cleopatra

To pull off a look worthy of the queen of the Nile, we suggest loading up on gold accessories. But if all else fails, some thick kohl liner (we suggest Stila’s Smudge Kajal Eyeliner, $20), turquoise shadow, and gold glitter should do the trick. We love this mesmerizing Halloween makeup tutorial courtesy of gorgeous vlogger MsRoshPosh.

Want more? Here are 13 last-minute Halloween looks that only require glitter.

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