5 Halloween Makeup Tips

5 Halloween Makeup Tips

Whether you’re trying to achieve a spooky look or glam up your outfit, Halloween makeup is one of the best ways to add some extra flair to your look. You don’t need to be a professional to achieve a great finish, so here are 5 tips that will help you achieve the look you want with some of your everyday makeup items.

Base Layer

Halloween makeup looks tend to include heavy makeup application, so a base layer will help your makeup go on a lot smoother and stay in place for longer. Instead of paying for an expensive Halloween makeup base, you can just use your regular day-to-day foundation. If you are wanting to cover your face with a different colour, such as green or white for example, the foundation will help it sit better and come off a lot easier. If you’re trying to achieve a pale look then use a foundation that is a few shades lighter than your normal choice.


Before you colour anything in on your face, make sure you outline it correctly. If you realise that it isn’t going to work, it’ll be easier to take off what you have done so far. Instead of using specialist makeup pencils, try using coloured eyeliner as they smudge a lot less and stay put for longer. You’ll be able to find some for a lot cheaper in supermarkets – there’s no need to use a big brand.

glitter makeup


On Halloween, your eye makeup is key to pulling off your whole costume. When you are applying your makeup, be sure to focus on your eyes as this is usually the first place that people look. Take extra time to apply makeup in your eye area and, if they suit your costume, you can ever use temporary coloured contacts to really make your outfit stand out.

If your outfit is a fairy or other mythical creature, then there are plenty of eye makeup ideas that you can use. All you need is colour, glitter makeup and a few crystals around your eye area.

Fake Blood

Fake blood is key to pretty much every Halloween outfit if you are trying to make it scary. If you’re going for a gory look, make your own fake blood. The ones you can buy in stores can sometimes not be suitable for use on skin and can cause staining. If you have children, then this is a much easier and safer solution.

To make your own fake blood, just mix three parts corn syrup with one part water and slowly add in food colouring until you achieve the look you want. If you are wanting to achieve a darker tone, add in some chocolate syrup. To make it into a thicker mixture, slowly mix in cornstarch until you get your desired consistency. Whilst this mixture may seem sticky at first, it will help to stay put and last longer.

Set Your Look

To make sure that your makeup stays put all night, be sure to set it with a light dusting of face powder. If you don’t want it to stand out too much, try translucent powder from your regular makeup stash. If you want to achieve a matte look, use a light dusting of baby powder instead. Unless you’re trying to look like a vampire, be careful not to use too much. If you want to add some little extra touches to your look, like some Halloween glitter or neck and hand makeup, then this is the time to apply it. Cover these areas once you have your costume on so that you know where you need to cover.

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