17 Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Minimalist

Updated 08/28/18

The spookiest season of the year has arrived, and Halloween is historically known as the perfect time to go all out. It's every excuse to do the absolute most with your hair, makeup, and costume—you know, the works. Whether you want to relive your childhood dreams or go for a spooky, make-believe, or ultra-sultry vibe, it's your chance to transform into whoever you want to be. In other words, it's your time to be your most extra self, which takes a lot of time and preparation.

However, if being extra isn't your thing and time is of the essence, we totally feel you (and I'm with you). Halloween sneaks up on me every year, and I find myself scrambling at the last minute to figure out a fun and easy makeup look. Believe it or not, you don't have to rock a full face of costume makeup or spend hours in front of the mirror to nail your Halloween glam. You can keep it simple and still show out for the occasion. Scroll on for minimalist Halloween makeup ideas that'll guarantee you the perfect selfie.

Halloween Makeup Ideas

Understated Mermaid

This is the time to pull out the bright cobalt blues and rich purple eye shadows that have been sitting on your vanity untouched forever. L'Oréal Paris Global Makeup Director Val Garland's stunning look is the perfect example. Pair your mermaid eyes with a glittery purple lip for a bit more drama.

Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Minimalist

Chill Flower Child

If you're completely over flower crowns but still want to unleash your inner flower child, opt for dainty flowers around your eyes instead. Like the imitable Katie Jane Hughes, dust a shade or two on the inner and outer corners of your eyes to draw more attention to the area. You can do this in 10 minutes tops.

Minimalist Halloween Makeup

Doll-Inspired Makeup

Take our very own grown-woman version of doll-inspired makeup for some inspo this year. Pop on falsies, faux freckles, a bright pink lip like Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour in La Diva ($35), and white eye shadow to complete this look.

Minimalist Makeup Looks

Glitter Eyes

You can never go wrong with glitter done right. You don't have to go overboard, though. Simply add glitter underneath your eyes and around your outer corners like this.

Halloween Makeup Inspo

Glitter Eyes

You can add glitter to your entire eyelid and brush up your brows for more edge.

Low-key Halloween Makeup Ideas

Glitter Eyes

Go with a multicolored, sparkly vibe by focusing on the outer corners of your eye with falling glitter.

Cool-Girl Halloween Makeup

Glitter Lips

Look like you stepped right out of the '70s by pairing glitter lips with your biggest sunglasses. If you don't have '70s-esque sunglasses, your flashy lips are enough. This Fendi runway look is all the proof you need.

Lazy Girl Halloween Makeup Ideas

Glitter Lip Liner

We're obsessed with this glitter lip liner nailed by the amazing Regan Rabanal of MAC Cosmetics. The sparkly liner makes enough of a statement, but add cobalt mascara and tiny gold freckles to fully re-create this look.

Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas

Glitter Tears

Christian Siriano made heavy-metal tears a thing last season, and we're here for it. Try a coppery, auburn shade like this for a low-key look.

Simple Halloween Makeup Ideas

Golden Tears

Not a glitter girl? Opt for a golden metallic teardrop instead. These stylish tears were coined by Jeremy Scott last season and are perfect for Halloween if paired with spidery lashes.

Simple Halloween Makeup Inspo

Lightning Eyes

This is another opportunity to grab bold eye shadow shades you never wear and have fun with shapes. These cutting-edge lightning eyes scream cool. Add sharp lines around your eye area and fill them in with a bright shade.

Easy Halloween Makeup Inspiration

'60s Mod

Create structure on your lids to channel your love for the '60s. Try blending a smoky shade with stencils to nail these lines.

Minimalist Halloween Makeup Inspo

Modern-Day Catwoman

Add glitter to this understated cat eye. Don't bother filling it in. Keep it minimal with this elongated winged liner.

Quick Halloween Makeup Ideas

Golden Girl

Edge up your eyes with the ultimate smoky eye. It doesn't have to look as pronounced as this. Place a gold adornment in the center of your eyes to pull this look together.

Edgy But Easy Halloween Makeup Ideas

Golden Girl

We couldn't be more obsessed with this stunning look created by talented makeup artist Michael Anthony. So. Good. To replicate it, use Mehron Metallic Powder With Mixing Liquid ($14) to create a sharp eyeliner and line underneath your lip.

Cool-Girl Halloween Makeup Ideas

Star Girl

This stunning star-girl look is arguably the simplest of the bunch. All you have to do is place a bunch of star stickers all over your face. Look at how beautiful it turns out. Grab stars from your local craft store or on Amazon.

Trendy Halloween Makeup Ideas

Brow Drama

Give a nod to all the crazy brow trends that went viral this year, because why not? All it takes is a few defined flicks of a dark eyeliner pencil and messy mascara to round out this look.

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