Seven Scary Halloween Makeup Ideas

woman with vampire makeup for Halloween

It's amazing what the addition of a little makeup can do. The most beautiful women in the world can be transformed into all manner of horrific characters; from lunatics in slasher flicks to victims of brow-raising accidents, these characters are almost frightening in their realism. Of course, no costume in the world can make a person look terrifying all on its own. Every memorable Halloween costume has benefited from the use of creative makeup application. Look your ghoulish best this year by using some scary Halloween makeup ideas as part of your costume.

Seven Scary Makeup Looks for Halloween

The world of Halloween makeup is surprisingly vast. While face paint is probably considered the most common product, the truth is that hundreds of different items are available. Amazing arrays of colors, enormous selections of materials (including gels, powders, pastes, creams and liquids) and extremely unexpected offerings are just part of what makes Halloween makeup so unique.

Here are some scary Halloween makeup ideas to get your holiday started right!

  1. Scary clown: Channel your inner It with white, red and black face paint, and some creepy striped clothing. A bright red helium balloon just makes this look more menacing.
    woman with scary clown face makeup and balloon
  2. Elvira wannabe: Achieve a look similar to the Mistress of the Dark's femme fatale features with porcelain foundation, plenty of black eye makeup to create the perfect cat eye, thick and spiked false eyelashes and blood red lipstick. Don't forget the long black wig!
    woman with Elvira Halloween makeup
  3. Vampiress: A female vampire might flaunt a frightening facade, but she's definitely got some sex appeal, too. Vamp up the vixen look with shades of eggplant and silver eye makeup, a deep purple mouth, and a sultry black veil. Don't forget your fangs.
    woman vampire Halloween makeup
  4. Dark Fairy: She's not leaving quarters under pillows, that's for sure. The dark fairy haunts the night as she flutters about town with dangerously black or deep purple lips, heavily smoked eyes and absolutely flawless porcelain skin. A web tattoo is penciled in (with a heavy black liner, of course) below one eye.
    woman in dark fairy Halloween makeup
  5. The Walking Dead: Zombies costumes rely mostly on tattered rags and special effects makeup. First, grayish-blue face paint should be applied liberally prior to any other cosmetic application. Also cover your arms, hands and legs, should these body parts be visible in your costume. Black cream or powder makeup should be worked into the crevices of the face to mimic recessed and aged skin. Blend a black eye shadow on the eyelids, the forehead and onto the cheekbones to create realistic shading. Add depth and definition with a black kohl pencil eyeliner. Apply fake red blood with red lipstick or red gel.
    woman with zombie Halloween makeup
  6. Updated Day of the Dead look: This look is fairly easy to create, and it doesn't take as much work as traditional Day of the Dead makeup. You'll just need black liner, some face paint, and eyeshadow. If your hair isn't already colored, you can add a wig in an "unearthly" shade.
  7. woman in scarecrow Halloween makeup
  8. Angel and demon: This makes a great costume set for couples or besties. Go with a white look for the angel and a dark look for the demon. Face paints and, of course, black and white wings are essential for creating these looks. Let your imaginations run wild.
    demon and angel Halloween makeup

Where to Purchase Halloween Makeup

Though you might be able to achieve your desired look with the help of traditional cosmetics found in stores, you're more likely to find the most appropriate products at a retailer specializing in Halloween apparel and accessories. The following online outlets carry a vast selection of products to make your scary Halloween makeup ideas come to life:

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