Oh, good! It's late October and we have no Halloween costumes. WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN? I mean, the answer is obvious: work, family, errands, a social life, things that adults have to deal with that children who have their costumes sorted two months in advance don't. Yet grown-ups are still quasi-socially required to participate in Halloween, and let's be honest: It is pretty fun. So here we are, the week before the big event with literally nothing in our closets but an old pizza costume from senior year of college. (Just me?)
If you relate to any of this, you've come to the right place. With much empathy, I've put together a roundup of 13 last-minute Halloween makeup looks that are cute, at least somewhat unique, and (most importantly) can be executed with products you already own. Keep scrolling for the Halloween procrastinator's ultimate makeup guide.
You can't go wrong with Bowie, especially when this costume idea requires just three products: a red lip crayon, black eyeliner, and teal eyeliner. I did this look on myself with all drugstore makeup.
Eyeliner and black lipstick (and a steady hand) are all this ghoulish clown look asks of you. A creamy black lipstick like Manic Panic's should do the trick.
We don't need to tell you the '80s are back, so since you've probably already stocked up on holographic highlighters and glitter, why not pile them all on your face for Halloween? Pair this pretty pink-and-purple look with some curly hair and a jazzercize 'fit or taffeta dress, and you're ready to rock.
This cute Edward Scissorhands–esque look from beauty writer Stephanie Montes looks intricate, but all it takes is black and green eyeliner and eye shadow, which you probably already own!
So clever: Re-create the angel-devil dichotomy with this simple makeup idea. Have red and blue eye shadow? A red lip pencil? White and black eyeliner? A tiny pot of yellow face paint? Then you're all set.
Those who get close enough to admire your handiwork will freak out over this pretty-but-scary spider look, which requires nothing but eyeliner.
Redheads: This Powerpuff Girl look was literally tailor-made for you. Just slap some red eye shadow (or blush if that's all you've got) on your lids and a red bow on your head, and voilà!
You definitely already own black and white eyeliner, which means if all other Halloween costumes fall through, you can at least dress up as a whimsical deer.
If you're organized enough to own face paint but not skilled enough to do anything fancy with it, this unique look is just for you. The brush is an important touch, too. You can Amazon Prime one for $5 if you don't already have it.
Jenna Dewan's unicorn costume from 2016 provided timeless inspiration for Halloweens to come. Basically, all you need is a bunch of bright-pink blush and shimmery highlighter, plus some face jewels, which you can get as self-adhesive or apply with lash glue.
Fierce kitty-cat is a Halloween classic, but the gold bottom lip/Cupid's Bow and extreme lashes make this one especially intriguing.
Incredibles 2 anyone? If you don't have face paint, black eyeliner and lipstick will definitely work to create this bandit mask.
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