Halloween Makeup Hacks from Professionals: Score a Perfectly Scary Look

What's not to love about Halloween?

Well, we can think of one thing: the wasted time and money that goes in to buying and putting together the perfect Halloween costume. If you agree with us and would love nothing more than to sidestep the assembling process, we have the perfect hack for you.

Instead of stressing over a full outfit, concentrate on scary makeup that will transform your look. The best part about this is that you may already have some of the tools in your makeup drawer.

Halloween Makeup

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The professionals over at Makeup Forever gave us some tips and tricks for scoring that perfectly scary look. Read on to create at-home spooky rounded eyes, scary cracked skin and a doll-like heart shaped mouth. These three makeup looks can be used separately or at the same time for a fantastically unearthly look. 

Spooky Rounded Eyes

Spooky pink Halloween eyes

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Start by applying a long-wear black eyeshadow to the crease of your eyelid (Makeup Forever's Aqua Black is suggested). From your school's Halloween parade to trick-or-treating into the night, this formula will stay put all day. Blend the black color up towards your brow. Repeat the same steps for your lower eye, but this time leave a space (like image above) between your lower lashes and the black crease. Apply white eyeshadow between your lash line and the black crease. Add White Kohl Pencil to the waterlines of your eye (these sit right from where your lashes grow). Next, apply exaggerated false lashes. Make sure your natural lashes are clean and free of eye makeup before you put on the false ones. You get extra spooky points for wearing creepy-colored contact lenses.


Scary Cracked Skin

Makeup Forever Halloween makeup look

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After you are done applying your foundation, blush and bronzer, use a black kohl eye pencil to draw the skin cracks where you want them positioned on your face. Using a very fine brush, you can create thickness in the cracks using a gel eyeliner. Draw a "shadow" for the skin cracks (like image above) along some sections of the black lines to create depth. You can draw on this "shadow" using a white kohl eyeliner or white cream gel eyeshadow. 


Heart Shaped Mouth

Doll lips Halloween makeup

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In order to achieve a realistic heart-shaped pout, you need to start with a clean canvas. To do so, cover your lips with a matte foundation (the same color as your skin tone). The trickiest part is the lip contours—use a long-wear pencil in a dark shade to highlight your cupid's bow on your top lip. Repeat this step with your bottom lips, but make sure to create a less dramatic cupid's bow (similar to image above). Blend the lip pencil's color towards the center of your lip. Fill in your lips with a lighter shade of lip pencil. To finish the look, add a gloss in the same color family to the center of your lips. This will give the illusion of volume.


Now that you've mastered these three Halloween makeup looks, prep your face for them by using THIS DIY pumpkin mask.