40 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes — Using Things You Already Own
Maria Del Russo & Mi-Anne Chan
Halloween is one of the best holidays for makeup lovers. When else do you have a seasonal excuse to break out glitter, neon shadows, and fake blood? Still, between meetings, long days, and work events, figuring out what to be for Halloween can turn from a fun, creative activity to a stressor fast — especially if you wait until mid-October to start brainstorming your look.
But there's actually some relief from the Halloween hell we've tossed ourselves into. YouTube is a veritable buffet of easy-to-follow Halloween makeup tutorials. Whether you're into being Eleven from Stranger Things, one of the many SnapChat filters, or a creepy werewolf, there's a tutorial in here for you using little more than makeup.
Click through our slideshow, and let the costume stress fade away. Halloween should be scary, but picking out your look definitely shouldn't be.
Just add some thick, black shadowing to your typical makeup, and you'll look like you leapt out of a comic book.
YouTuber Sarocha B shows us how to create not one, but three easy Halloween looks using common makeup products (think: brown eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and red lipstick).
Did you know you can turn yourself into an adorable deer with just white and black eyeliner and a touch of contour? Yep, it's that easy — just ask YouTuber Claudia Sulewski.
Halloween is the perfect opportunity to finally achieve your childhood dream of joining the Sailor Moon clan. Check out this tutorial to see how.
Grab a colorful wig from your local halloween shop and transform yourself into one of Lil' Kim's looks from her 1996 music video "Crush On You."
Two looks that'll set you back less than a movie ticket? Sign us up. YouTuber Jen Im created a shattered doll and panda costume using white and black liner and face paint.
Want a Halloween costume that will really have people scratching their heads? This floating head look is just the ticket.
There are two things you can do with some well-done Kiss makeup. You can either grab a gang of friends and go as the full band, or you can toss on a striped shirt and a beret and be a French Kiss.
Patrick Starr has the cutest Barbie makeup tutorial for all the guys and gals who want to dress up like your favorite childhood toy.
All these years later and we're still suckers for a Disney Princess costume. This Aurora makeup is pretty for Halloween and the rest of the year.
Sometimes, you'd rather be really damn cute over scary. If that's the case, we suggest Sadness from Inside Out.
This Eleven costume hits the Halloween trifecta: It's easy, recognizable, and it gives you the opportunity to walk around eating waffles all night. What more could you want?
Barbie is beautiful, but this melting version is delightfully dark.
There are only two seasons left of Game of Thrones, so now is the time to finally give that Khaleesi Halloween costume a go.