14 Lazy Last-Minute Halloween Makeup Ideas You Can Totally Do Yourself

by Lauren Schumacker

Halloween is just around the corner and if you're like me, you're a wait-to-the-last-minute, how can I pull something together with minimal effort, kind of a person. The good news is, you don't have to run all over town to create an intricate, creative costume in order to feel as though you've pulled off a Halloween look. All you have to do is grab your makeup bag, your brushes, maybe a few makeup remover wipes (just in case), and a mirror and get to work to create these lazy, last-minute Halloween makeup ideas.

Full disclosure: I'm not so handy with the makeup. The fact of the matter is that I was never the girl who played around with makeup and then just wiped it all off when I was done, or watched makeup tutorial after makeup tutorial to dissect a particular technique. I just didn't have the patience for it — or the time. These relatively easy Halloween makeup tutorials, however, I feel like I could actually do without having to spend weeks practicing the look or hiring a professional makeup artist or enlisting a talented friend to help. Most of them can be done entirely with the products you probably already have at your disposal or only require you to pick up a couple of things in order to get the job done. They're fun and festive without requiring much effort or investment. If you're going to do a makeup look like one of these, Halloween's the time to make it happen.


A Cat

This simple cat tutorial requires only some dark eyeliner in addition to the products like foundation, concealer, highlighter, mascara, and eye shadow that you likely already have in your makeup bag. Even if you have to pick something up in order to pull this look off, a drugstore brand should make it relatively affordable.


A Leopard

This leopard look, like the cat look before it, is generally an easy one. It does require you to freeform the leopard spots, which, if you're not super makeup savvy, you might be a little bit intimidated by, but Nuz reminds you that it doesn't have to be perfect.


A Bunny

The bunny makeup look also requires very minimal makeup. All you need is a brow pencil, eyeliner, a lip color, and some eye shadow to pull together your bunny rabbit look. Everything is shown step by step, so you don't have to worry that you won't be able to recreate the finished look.



If you want something both subtle and eye-catching (can something be both at the same time?), it's this R2D2 last-minute makeup look. You'll need a blue and white eye pencil, shadows in about the same hues, a regular eye pencil, and, if you'd like, a little red gem that'll get affixed to your eye near the brow bone with a little lash glue.


A Lion

This lion tutorial is, basically, an entire easy costume. Vlogger Andrea gives you instructions for both the lion mane-style hair as well as the makeup to pull your look together. Like for many of the others, you probably already have all of the makeup supplies that you'll need... all you have to do is press play.


A Deer

Deer makeup tutorials have gotten very popular in recent years and this is one that'll show you everything you need to know how to do from start to finish. You'll put your regular look on your face, add bronzer and glitzy browns and golds, a little bit of white eyeshadow, a white eye pencil, black eyeshadow, and a gel eyeliner. How easy is that?


A Masquerade Mask

For this masquerade look, you'll need black eyeliner or an eye pencil, some black eye shadow, a brown pencil, glittery eyeshadow, and your normal face makeup. It's simple to accomplish, looks great, and still feels like you got yourself into the Halloween spirit.


Comic Book Makeup

This comic book makeup look just might be the easiest of all on this list. You'll need your regular face makeup, eyeliner, mascara, false lashes if you'd like, white eyeliner or eye pencil, and a bright red lip. Put on your normal makeup, line your eyes, add mascara, outline your face and neck, make your lips shockingly red, add white so it looks like it's reflecting light, outline your lips, and you're pretty much there.


A Creepy Skeleton

This creepy skeleton look looks harder than it actually is, I promise. If you're intimidated by those dark, smudgy eyes, don't be. The best part about smudgy is that you really can't mess it up. She recommends doing the eyes before you put on foundation so that you can easily use a makeup remover wipe to wipe off any black eyeshadow that's fallen onto your cheeks or is otherwise in the wrong spot without taking off your foundation as well. A little easy contouring to make you look more angular, a red lip, and a skeletal design pulls it all together.


A Zombie

You have some options for this zombie look. You can either do a subtler, basic zombie look with just the dark, deathly looking makeup or you can take it a step further with liquid latex to create those gashes. Leaving the gashes off your face and neck will give you a Halloween look without requiring that extra effort, but if you want to go all-in, go for it.


A Vampire

This vampire makeup tutorial only looks difficult. Dark, blended eye shadow, the slightest bit of contouring, a filled-in, dark brow, and — a must — the deep, burgundy lip are all you need for this Halloween-inspired look. Add fake vampire teeth so everyone knows you're a vampire. Fake blood optional.


Spiderweb Eyes

If you don't want to commit to a total-face makeup-based costume, essentially, try these spiderweb eyes. A shimmery gold and orange eye, exaggerated eyeliner, and an easier-than-it-looks spider web are all you need for an easy, last-minute Halloween makeup look.


A Doll (Or Broken Doll)

This look requires a little bit more time than some of the others, but is still easy to accomplish. You'll first put on your regular foundation and the like, add white underneath your eyes, shades of pink on your lids, eyeliner designed to make your eyes look rounder, highlighter to make you look more doll-like, and pink on your lips. You can stop there if you'd like, or take it a step further by drawing on the cracks and chips with a black eyeliner pencil. The choice is entirely yours.


A Mermaid

Mermaids are about as popular as unicorns these days. This might be the most complicated looking look of all, but it's actually easier than you might think. Start with your typical face makeup. Then move on to the eyes, using shades of purple, teal, turquoise, and more. Do some subtle contouring with purple on your face. Then it's time for all the colors. Again, this looks difficult, I know, but the best part about this watercolor-like mermaid look is that you really can't mess it up. Just keep blending. Finish it off with highlighter, some gold, and a purple lip. Add glitter and gems if you like (affix with lash glue) or leave them off, though the glitter adds a little bit to the look, given that they look a bit like fish scales. You'll wow the whole neighborhood.

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