The Best Halloween 2017 Costume Makeup Tutorials – TeenVogue.com
It’s already October, which means Halloween is creeping up like Pennywise the clown on poor, innocent Georgie (shivers). And the scariest part? You still don’t have a costume.
If you’re not feeling this year’s costume offerings (…””Pregnant Kylie Jenner,” “Fake News!” and “Sexy Melania Trump” are just a handful of the problematic options) or simply ran out of time to buy one (🙋), don’t fear. Instead of fishing through whatever’s left at the Halloween store or attempting a half-hearted DIY out of things you have lying around at home, why not make this year’s costume entirely out of makeup? After all, who says costumes have to be about the clothes… especially considering you can completely transform yourself with a few simple things you already have sitting in your makeup drawer.
Thanks to social media and its makeup gurus, there’s a seemingly endless supply of Halloween makeup tutorials that will guide you through creating whatever scary/glam/adorable look you’re trying to achieve with nothing more than some eyeliner, a steady hand and a whole lot of glitter. Here are some of our favorites, all of which you can pair with a paper bag (or, ya know, black leggings and a t-shirt) and still feel like you won Halloween, no last minute shopping or overnight shipping required.
Head-to-toe clown costume or not, It in any form is the stuff that nightmares are made of. All you really need to get the full, terrifying effect of Pennywise is red lipstick and eyeshadow for the facial contours, and some craft glitter for the chills-inducing red nose. If you really want to scare people every time you reach for the candy bowl, there’s also It-inspired nail art that takes things to whole new level.
If you’re still feeling hyped-up by the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse, why not make it this year’s Halloween costume? By using some loose glitter, a few rhinestones and some serious silver highlighter, this ethereal look will make it seem like you fell straight out of the night sky. Pair it with a black head-to-toe outfit (with a few stick on stars, maybe?) and you have a full interstellar look.
Sure sure, Halloween is all about the candy (king-sized chocolate bars, FTW), but why not mix up your makeup look with another equally as important sweet treat? Ice cream makeup hit the internet as a non-holiday related trend earlier this year, and now’s the perfect excuse to try it out. Because really, who hasn’t dreamt of dipping their face into some sprinkles and calling it “makeup”?
Leave it to makeup maven James Charles to take an old classic — the Halloween “skull” — and make it anything but boring. By using a brightly colored eyeshadow (he went with green, but any electric hue will do) and white highlighter, he managed to create a neon skull that looks like it’s glowing from the inside out.
Since at least six people you know are going to be dressed as the Riverdale crew, why not throw it back with one of the OG comic book looks, instead? This vintage-favorite is especially fun to create because you can paint yourself in a range of different emotions — happy! sad! surprised! — and customize it to fit your exact needs. Plus, you don’t need to hunt down an Archie-inspired varsity jacket to complete the costume.
No matter how you feel about 2017’s status as “the year of the unicorn,” you’ve still got to admit it makes a pretty stunning Halloween costume. If nothing else, it’s an excuse to slather your face in purple and pink glitter and a whole lot of rhinestones. Plus, if you really want to mix things up stick a straw in your hair and tell everyone you’re a Unicorn Frappuccino.
Who says you need thigh high red boots and an invisible plane to turn yourself into the most important superhero of the year? All it really takes is some metallic gold eyeshadow, a big red star and an “I can conquer the world” attitude.
Whether you’re spending the night handing out Kit Kat Bars or heading off to a major Halloween event, this trippy tutorial will literally have people doing triple takes. And yes — three faces does mean that you should get three times as much candy as everyone else.
Apparently “giraffe” is one of the most popular Halloween costumes of 2017 (… I know. I was as surprised as you are), and it’s surprisingly easy to pull off simply by using makeup. Create a cascade of spots using a brown eyeliner or contour stick, then throw your hair into a set of gravity-defying pigtails.
Thanks to this glitzed-out look, there’s no need to walk around in a spandex tail to turn yourself into a convincing-looking Mermaid. Plus, putting on scales with purple eyeshadow a fishnet glove looks like a really fun way to spend 20 minutes of your time… not kidding.