Halloween Makeup Ideas 2019

Spooky season is upon us! If you love Halloween, you’ll know that half the fun is spending all October planning out your perfect Halloween outfit; but no Halloween look is complete without the right Halloween makeup. 

We’ll take a look at top 9 women’s Halloween makeup ideas to give you plenty of options to choose from, from classic Halloween styles to makeup looks with plenty of gore and even not so spooky Halloween makeup looks! Make sure you’re looking your best this Halloween with our Halloween makeup inspiration.

Top 9 Women’s Halloween Makeup Ideas

1. Witch Makeup Ideas 

If you prefer sexy over spooky at Halloween, the good news is that witch makeup no longer simply means ugly witch makeup. Inspired by modern witches such as Sabrina, witch Halloween makeup can be so much simpler than it used to be. All you’ll need to do is create a striking makeup look that suits you, then add a Halloween witch makeup twist like adding lunar symbolism to your look. 


2. Horror Makeup

If you do prefer to get a little more down with the spooky and gory side of Halloween, horror makeup can be a great way to go. Horror makeup encompasses a huge range of makeup looks, but ultimately has a makeup effect that transforms the face into a gory spectacle whether it’s the zip-face effect or something equally as disturbing. The key, though, is gore in any form so make sure you get creative! 

3. Dead Bride Makeup

The haunting image of the murdered bride crops up year after year as one of the most popular Halloween looks for women. Whether it’s the appeal of a spooky wedding dress or the makeup transformation, dead bride makeup is a staple Halloween makeup idea. All you’ll need to do is create a white base then take darker black and purple shades to build up around your eyes, mouth and cheekbones. Use an eyeliner pencil to create the appearance of veins and fake blood to create your cause of death…


4. Dead School Girl Makeup

A fan of special effects? Why not add a Halloween element to the classic dead school girl Halloween look? Dead school girl makeup can be as gory or as simple as you like, but many of these looks incorporate a pencil wound! Create a normal makeup look, then build on it either with the dead bride makeup effect for that pale and deadly look or simply by adding your gory pencil wound-effect.


5. Pop Art Makeup

If spooky and gory doesn’t tickle your fancy, perhaps pop art makeup will. Pop art makeup creates a stunning comic-book effect that will certainly stand out at any Halloween party! Take inspiration from some of your favourite female pop art icons and emulate the way their faces have been lined and shaded with bold, black lines and dotted textures to create your very own pop art makeup effect.


6. Harley Quinn Face Paint

Since Margot Robbie’s interpretation of Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad, Harley Quinn has become one of the most popular pop culture Halloween looks to return each year. Whether you love Margot’s version of Harley Quinn or prefer the classic comic book depiction of the Joker’s accomplice and antihero, Harley Quinn’s look is simple to recreate. 

The Suicide Squad version will have you whipping our your eyeshadow pallette to style in white, pink and blue where the classic comic book version relies more heavily on simple black and white. Harley Quinn face paint is also another great opportunity to try our your pop art skills by adding those classic comic book lines to your look.


7. Grim Reaper Makeup 

Death himself is always a great go-to Halloween costume option – make sure that you have a super creepy grim reaper makeup look peering out from underneath the hood of your grim reaper robes by taking classic skeleton face paint to the next level. With grim reaper face paint, the devil himself really is in the details – build on your classic white skeleton base with shading to create cavernous eye sockets and special effects that transform your face into a skull complete with grinning smile.

8. Halloween Devil Makeup 

Devil makeup can be devilishly simple to do. When applying your devil Halloween makeup, ensure that you have a strong red base to cover your face and neck before you dive into creating a more detailed devil makeup look. For a really striking look, paint using black makeup including black eyeliner, eyeshadow and black lipstick.

9. Clown Halloween Makeup

With IT returning to cinemas for its highly anticipated sequel, we think there’ll be even more Pennywise inspired Halloween makeup looks than ever this Halloween. Get ahead of the game and start practicing your clown Halloween makeup, whether it’s Pennywise inspired or not. Why not combine your clown Halloween makeup look with a special effect for that extra spooky twist?


Halloween Makeup Must-Haves

When it comes to creating all of the above looks, there are a few must-have makeup items that can help you achieve top-notch Halloween makeup. 

  • Eyeliner – aside from defining your eye shape, eyeliner is a great tool for drawing details on your face
  • Foundation – if you need to create a deathly pale look, choosing a foundation a few shades lighter than your usual base colour can give you a more natural look than choosing a clown white paint from the costume shop
  • Eyeshadow – an eyeshadow palette with a wide range of colours is perfect for building shades and shadows of a cavernous skull, for example – plus if you’re going for a brighter look such as Harley Quinn you may finally find a use for those more unusual brights in your palette
  • Lipstick – is another choice that’s great for drawing on your face.; choose a lipstick for broader strokes or get a bit more precise with a lip liner
  • Contouring Kits – another great drawing tool for broad strokes, contour crayons can help to apply broad sections of colour while powder palettes can be used for shading
  • Setting Powder – will keep your Halloween makeup in place all night!

Discover all of these Halloween makeup essentials and more here at Beauty Base!

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