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Last-minute Halloween make-up ideas

By Agnese Ratniece

You decorated your house, the pumpkins are carved and you’ve got that spooky vibe. But have you decided yet what you want to be this Halloween? 

Halloween is the most exciting time of the year for both make-up artists and people who simply love dressing up. It’s the time to experiment with make-up, discover new beauty talents and finally recreate that Pinterest look. The time of the year when you can be anything you want, and no one will judge you. 

Since the 20th century, Halloween make-up has been strongly influenced by movies. “Frankenstein and the Wolf Man, as well as Dracula and the Mummy, were influential in creating memorable monsters that were easily translated into looks that became staples of Halloween,” said Gabriela Hernandez, author of the book Classic Beauty, about the history of makeup.

“The kits for prosthetics, glued on fangs or wigs that you might find at your local Halloween shop are more realistic today, and as techniques become more accessible, you will see more pro-looks at your Halloween parties,” she says.

We usually wait until the last minute to decide what we want to be for Halloween, so here are a couple of easy, last-minute Halloween make-up ideas. 

Scare someone with a smiling skull


Skull make-up. Picture Credit: Agnese Ratniece

Transforming your face into a skull involved very popular and basic Halloween makeup. It’s very easy to do, and I’m pretty sure you have at home everything you need for this look. You will only need black and white eyeshadow, black eyeliner and a good foundation and some powder.

Start with your foundation to create a base. Then set it with powder. Continue with dark eyeshadows, and don’t be scared to blend them further outside as usual. Then, using black eyeliner draw on the nose and cheeks. Don’t forget to blend everything well as that is going to create a more realistic look.

After that, you can add some different colours, glitter, or gemstones to make your skull appear more unique, or leave it just like that for classic skull make-up. This make-up would look good with any outfit combined with a black cape. 

Scare everyone with a realistic spider eye


Spider-eye make-up. Picture Credit: Agnese Ratniece

Just the idea of a spider crawling onto an eye gives me goosebumps. 

Spider eye make-up has been trendy for a decade now – one reason is because it’s a lot easier to do than it looks. After creating a base, start blending black eyeshadow on your eye. Continue drawing eight spider legs, leaving gaps between them.

Highlight the higher points of the spider legs with white eyeliner. Then take a small brush and, with black eyeshadow, create shadows between the spider legs. Finish the look off with dark, preferably black lipstick. 

Create a cute cat

Cat make-up. Picture Credit: Agnese Ratniece

Almost every girl been a cat at least once. This look is extremely easy to make. After finishing with your chosen eyeshadow, use a winged eyeliner to create a cat-eye. After that, draw on your nose with black eyeliner and connect it with your upper lip.

Finish this cute cat look with whiskers and nude lipstick on your lower lip. This makeup would look good with a black outfit combined with cat ears. 

Enjoy your Halloween and as Max from Hocus Pocus says: ”It’s all just a bunch of hocus pocus!”