14 Last Minute Halloween Makeup Ideas That Are Everything But Boring


I’m calling now: this Halloween will be the year of the clown, from Pennywise to Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker. We know you’ve procrastinated again, but YouTube is full of deceptively simple Halloween makeup ideas that will give you all the double touches your heart desires. For those who avoid the clown router, there are many extremely creepy, over-the-top makeup looks from Grinch to Cruella de Vil. Here are 14 Halloween makeup ideas that are far from boring.

Frankenstein Girl

Frankenstein isn’t the prettiest monster, but Shaniah’s Frankenstein Girl is beautiful. Also, the subtle touch of pop art on the lips is the chef’s kiss.

Mrs. Pennywise

Redundant as it may be, Halloween clown costumes never go out of style. Luckily, Jamie gives us a fresh and glamorous update of the clown carrying everyone’s favorite balloons.


Show everyone your makeup skills by turning into Venom. Use black paint to create the base and use a white coating to create the villain’s big teeth and eyes.


Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker gave us another iteration of the iconic character’s makeup. Here Jasmine created a blue-shadowed crease with blue jewels, covered her eyebrows with red paint, and of course added the Joker’s broad smile and nose.

Adelaide from ‘Us’

This simple makeup look is perfect for procrastinators. The goal is to look like you’re dying, so make a dark shadow around and under your eyes to get a coffin-ready look.

Zombie Zendaya

Zendaya can create any look, even if it’s a zombie edition created from a photo app. She didn’t lift her finger to create the look, but according to this YouTube video, it’s not difficult to achieve. Create a smoky eye and add “cracks” using black paint and “blood” using red paint to get a scary good look.

Cruella de Vil

Cruella de Vil is an evil villain, but this look would make anyone think twice before crossing it. Instead of opting for simple green caps and a red lip, Evensya added a strange touch by drawing dalmatian spots on his chest and on one side of his face.

Jules from ‘Euphoria’

Can’t decide which euphoric character makeup you want to emulate this Halloween? Start with Jules, who is known for playing with bold colors, shapes and glitter. There is not too much brightness in the lands of Euphoria; so, after sliding a brightly colored eye shadow across your eyelids, remove some glare under your eyes, around your eyebrows and on your cheeks.

Princess Jasmine

If in doubt, opt for a Disney princess. To create this majestic look, use a dazzling golden eye shadow on your eyelids (in this tutorial, Queenii uses the eyeshadow as a covering), and then use shimmering shades of blue and green that resemble Jasmine’s two-piece blue outfit.

The Grinch

Sure, Grinch stole Christmas, but you’ll steal the spotlight at any party you attend. Cover your entire face with green paint and then freak out by drawing thin black lines to mimic Grinch’s crow’s feet. Add some freckles and a shiny nose and you’ve created a faaaabulouuuusss look.

America Horror Story Beehive Head

Clowns aren’t the only way to scare party guests. Play back to American Horror Story: Cult to recreate the season’s official poster featuring a woman with minimalist clown make-up and her skull open to reveal a sticky hive.

Kat from ‘Euphoria’

Every bad whore knows that red lipstick is a makeup bag you should have. As Kat stepped to the dark side, she dramatically changed her look with bold eyes and dark lipstick. You can try the combinations of lime green cap and red lipstick or opt for this gothic look by combining a red eyelid with red lips with black lines and mini crosses under the eyes.


It took eight hours for makeup artists to turn Jennifer Lawrence into her X-Men character, Mystique, but rest assured that it won’t take so long to transform into a shape-shifting mutant. All you need is CCBeauty’s professional face palette – and very patiently.


If you’re as distracted by Maleficent’s sharp cheekbones as I am, you can recreate the Disney villain’s signature mug with a smoky, fiery eye, incredibly contoured cheekbones, and scarlet lipstick.

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