When it comes to cult classic Halloween costumes, a witch is about as timeless as it gets. It's easy and customizable, and depending on how far you want to take your look, you can make it as tame or terrorizing as you please. Best of all, with the help of YouTube makeup tutorials, you don't even have to pull an entire costume together—just a bunch of makeup products.
Of course, watching tutorial after tutorial and scrolling through look after look can be time-consuming. So, in the spirit of all things double, double, toil, and trouble, we played detective and did the investigative work for you. Keep reading for 22 witch-inspired makeup looks that are sure to spellbind everyone you encounter.
Wicked Witch of the West
For a true Wicked Witch of the West vibe, we suggest channeling this epic makeup moment from Makeupbyjalesse this coming Halloween. Emerald lids accented by a bold lip take it up a notch.
American Horror Story Witch
Keeping with the screen theme, we're into this rather horrifying yet totally enchanting witch makeup tutorial from Ronkeraji. After all, it doesn't get much more sinister than a matte black pout.
Gothic Glamour Witch
Inspired by couture, YouTube makeup enchantress Erin Nicole stuns with the crystal-studded cobweb number. Surprisingly, this look is much more doable than you'd think. (Though we do recommend at least one practice round before any Halloween shenanigans!)
If you want to channel your inner Elphaba, this look courtesy from Madeyewlook, Twice might be more your cup of brew this Halloween. The accents include small doses of lime and a little bit of strategic shimmer.
If you're the type of witch who loves her contour, look no further. Vlogger MsAaliyahJay's transformation process entrances us, and we enjoy the versatility of the result. Witch? Skeleton? A Twilight-inspired hybrid of all the above? We'll let you pick your poison.
This impeccably scary witch tutorial from Gina Rizzocascio isn't for the faint of heart. But if you have the intention to give the gift of fright (or dare we say, legitimate terror) this Halloween, her evil witch makeup is the ultimate antidote. Just make sure you don't encounter any young children.
Looking for something that's more trick-or-treater friendly? We're super into this celestially sculpted witch makeup from YouTube vlogger atleeeey. It's scary but still hauntingly beautiful.
Disney lovers, prepare yourselves. Although Disney princesses often overtake our costume-studded feeds Halloween night, we're partial to the idea of going against the grain and dressing up as an ill-destined Disney witch instead. To get you inspired, this makeup how-to from Shonagh Scott is probably the most captivating we've seen (and that's a very bold statement).
Old Hollywood-Inspired Witch
While most witches we witness Halloween night are characterized by dark makeup and hair, along with a greenish tinge, we love the idea of purple accents to counter. With bold brows, milky skin, and a metallic pout, this look from Kalei Lagunero gives us some much-needed spooky edge.
Ursula Sea Witch
What's not to love about this beloved Disney villain? From the lilac base to the bright pops of aqua blue eyeshadow, it's all about bold color. YouTuber atleeeey's version features chunky blue glitter around the eyes and a matte red lip to pull it all together.
OK, maybe there's not an actual thing called a Tumblr witch, but this mystical costume makeup by Shania Parris gives off major Tumblr vibes. We're obsessed with the half witch, half glam look.
Winnie From Hocus Pocus
Since Hocus Pocus is the epitome of Halloween, it's no surprise this legendary witch made it on our list. And surprisingly, Alexa Poletti's version is relatively simple. To get Winnie's orange locks, we suggest the Good Dye Young Poser Paste in Riot ($15) that washes out with warm water.
So you want to be a witch for the holiday festivities, but you don't want to go all out with a tall hat, black cape, and a broom? Taylor Snead has you covered with this spider-glam witch makeup. All you need is a black eyeliner to nail the spiderweb, and you're good to go. The hat and broom are optional.
Here's another excellent option for a makeup-only witch costume—only this version is definitely on the spookier side. The intricate detail of this look lets the makeup do the talking on fright night. After all, anything with a third eye is considered scary enough to stand alone in our books.
If your Halloween goal is to have one of the most memorable costumes of the night, we highly suggest trying Pompberry's winter-themed witch makeup. Swirl a vibrant, cranberry eyeshadow on (and around) your eyes and swipe on a matching berry lip like the Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick ($34) in Shanghai Nights.
A creative take on a more nature-inspired witch created by Makeup Mouse is just spooky enough. A hedge witch is ready to grow some flowers and herbs and appreciate all the things nature has to offer.
This witch tutorial from Oh!MGlashes pairs an enchanting cut crease with greenish-gold sparkles that make it one to remember. The autumn shadow tones on the eyes mixed with deep, dark lips make this witch makeup look pretty enough to wear to any party.
Take it back to the 1950s with this witch look, fully equipped with glitter and glam. PinUpDollAshleyMarie shows you how to get the perfect Halloween look if a '50s vibe is what you're going for this season.
Green and purple jewel-toned eyeshadow give ahitsrosa's witch the cutest look—perfect for anyone who wants their makeup to make a statement without looking too scary. Pair it with a brightly colored wig, and you've got the perfect recipe for a witchy look that's also fun.
Most likely to be found in a cemetery, this scary look from Ellarie comes fully equipped with bloodshot eyes and dark lips. You certainly wouldn't want to run into her alone at night, which is why this witch tutorial is at the top of our spooky list.
Inspired by the infamous scary movie, this witch look gives us deep, dark forest vibes that certainly don't include any happy trees. Created by atleeeey, we never knew that trees could look so spooky.
A witch look with a voodoo twist, the scary level is off the charts with this Halloween witch look from The Modish Mom. Equipped with an ornate headpiece that's sure to draw some attention, you'll undoubtedly have an ominous presence anywhere you go.
Think of scary pumpkin spice, and you've got yourself a chilling witch look that is just as cold as dark, autumn nights come October. Miranda Rose shows us how to create this fall witch look, fully equipped with ornate leaves and bold eyeliner. The attention to detail is impressive.
A spooky cobweb look is the perfect way to express your witchy self if you want to make a statement with your makeup. This tutorial from Lyric Sherade gives way to the perfect evil smoky eye paired with dreadfully green contour.
Carnival Face Paint Witch
Beautify your witch costume this Halloween using face paint. This tutorial is perfect for a pretty witch who wants to get down with fun colors and lots of glitter. Check out some of the other ornate tutorials for Halloween created by Emily Jayne FX.