30 Halloween Makeup Ideas for the Minimalist

Updated 08/28/18
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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. If simple makeup looks are more your thing, we support that, which is why we've rounded up some of the best Halloween beauty looks for those who don't want to spend hours at their vanity.

Understated Mermaid

Woman with colorful makeup
@thevalgarland

Now is the time to pull out the bright cobalt blues and saturated purple eye shadows that have been sitting on your vanity untouched. 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.

Galaxy Goddess

As beautiful as the stars in an endless galaxy, this makeup look is genuinely out of this world. Equipped with lots of shimmer highlight, metallic chrome eyes, and glossy blue lips, it's a complete cosmic experience.

Chill Flower Child

Woman with flower makeup
 @KatieJaneHughes

If you're entirely 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.

Beauty Portrait

An artistic line drawing with some exaggerated eyelashes is simple, yet sends the message that you put some thought behind your Halloween makeup. You don't need to be a pro to perfect this look, practice by drawing the lines with a small brush and some face paint. Add your choice of lipstick or gloss to finish.

Doll-Inspired Makeup

Doll makeup on woman
 Byrdie

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 ($38), and white eye shadow to complete this look.

Foil Eyes

Woman with silver glitter makeup
 Imaxtree

You can never go wrong with glitter, ever. The key is not going overboard with it, so it remains easy to work with, avoiding all accidents. Add glitter underneath your eyes and around your outer corners like this for a tasteful, sparkly finish.

Sparkly Lids

Woman with glitter eyeshadow makeup
 Imaxtree

Another chic way of incorporating glitter is by adding it to your entire eyelid, followed by brushing up your brows for more definition. You don't even need to add mascara to this look as the lids do all the talking.

Falling Glitter

Glitter eye makeup
Imaxtree

Go with a multicolored, sparkly vibe by focusing on the outer corners of your eye with falling glitter. An added bonus? The glitter doesn't need to be placed perfectly making it that much easier to do yourself.

Rainbow Bright

This avant-garde eye is sure to turn heads this Halloween, think of it as an homage to various 60's makeup with rainbow bright colors. Apply your makeup however you would normally, and then add a few colored strokes around each eye for maximum effect.

Starry-Eyed Gem

A jewel-encrusted eye in the shape of a star is such a great makeup idea for Halloween, and easy to execute. All you need is some rhinestones and eyelash glue, and you can create whatever your heart desires. Place the stones carefully on the skin and allow optimum drying time, so they stay put.

That 70's Vibe

70s halloween makeup
 Imaxtree

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

The Painter's Palette

Just like a painter's palette is filled with colorful strokes, this eye makeup reflects the tiniest details of color swatches that are spot-on for Halloween. The great news? You can mix up whatever colors you'd like to wear; the possibilities are endless.

Bewitched

Bleached eyebrows and a dark lip give off bewitching vibes, but don't worry; you don't need to bleach your brows if you don't want to. The dark lips paired with the same toned nails along with clean, glossy skin is more than enough to make a makeup statement.

Glitter Lip Liner

glitter lip makeup
 Imaxtree

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

Heavy Metal Tears

woman with orange makeup
 Imaxtree

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

Sewn Shut

If you've got a lot to say this Halloween but can't seem to find the words, make a statement with this punk fashion lip look. All you need is a black eyeliner to draw crisscrossed lines around the mouth, and you've gotten yourself ready in less than one minute.

Tears of Gold

Woman with tear makeup
 Imaxtree

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.

Lightning Rods

Woman with bright green and pink makeup
 Imaxtree

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.

'60's Mod

woman with makeup
 Imaxtree

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

Modern-Day Catwoman

Woman with makeup
 Imaxtree

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

Golden Girl

woman with colorblock makeup
 Imaxtree

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.

Metallic Maven

woman with makeup and silver wig
 @Manthony783

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 ($13) to create a sharp eyeliner and line underneath your lip.

Full of Stars

Woman with star makeup
 Imaxtree

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.

Neon Lines

Show-stopping neon accents make quite a statement, and the minimal lines on the eye create the perfect blend of a relaxed look paired with something edgy. All you need is a neon-colored makeup.

Flaming Hot

If you're burning with desire to create your Halloween makeup look, these yellow flames will do the trick. Applied on both eyes, this makeup look is a real conversation starter. You can mix yellow face paint or use a yellow eyeliner to create this look.

Brow Drama

woman with makeup
Imaxtree

Give the 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.

Bubblegum Pink

Look as sweet as a piece of bubblegum with this monochromatic makeup look. The blush color brought high up to the temples and blended on the eyes is striking. The tiniest flick of dark pink eyeliner in the corner is a total win-win. You can use a pink blush or eyeshadow to re-create this look as everything is just one tone.

Sunshine Liner

All the rays of a golden and colorful sun make up this eye makeup look, the bright strips with a bold-orange lid create the happiest look. Experiment with different pink, red, orange, and yellow tones until you get the look you want.

Spooky Bat

Black and orange eyeshadow adorn the eye, while the tiniest, spookiest bat is drawn underneath to serve major Halloween realness. You can draw the bat with black liquid eyeliner to help ensure it lasts all night.

Hot Fireworks

Like explosive fireworks full of vivid color, these eyes are getting us so excited for Halloween! Colors frame the entire eye paired with a bold eyeliner to add some light detail, and the rest of the makeup is natural with a touch of color on the lips.

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