27 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes That Only Use Makeup

There's nothing wrong with deciding to go as your favorite pet for Halloween — then October 31 rolls around so you simply draw on some whiskers and a cat nose with black eyeliner at the very last minute. However, there are so many other creative ways to create last-minute Halloween costumes, and none of them require buying a costume. Just you, your makeup kit, and some creativity.

With these looks, you can go all out with your makeup and wear whatever you feel comfortable in. The best part is that you probably already own most of the makeup required to make these happen, so you don't need to go on a shopping spree for these unique ideas. Plus, you don't have to know how to do any intricate special-effects makeup techniques — as seen with these terrifyingly awesome looks — so you'll be able to pull plenty of these ideas off, regardless of whether you're a skilled makeup artist or an eager beauty beginner. Follow along for 27 Halloween costumes that are perfect for makeup lovers who saved getting ready 'til the last minute.

1. Pop Art

Bring Roy Lichtenstein's classic style to life like @trulymakeup_23.

2. Wicked Witch of the West

Go green with like the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz (and Wicked, of course) with a glamorous, bejeweled twist à la @namglam.

3. Pentagon's Kino

Pretend to be K-pop star for the night with Kino's colorful "ribbit" cheek makeup from Pentagon's Thumbs Up promo shoot.

4. Melted Doll

With some clever makeup technique, Romanie-Jade Tulloch turned herself into a Bratz doll that got a little too close to a fire, and you should, too. Of course, carrying around a lighter is not necessary.

5. Ghost Face

Special effects makeup artist Lisa Maria Murphy took inspiration from Ghostface in the Scream series to create this meta moment.

6. Purge Mask

Put your favorite contouring kit to a terrifyingly amazing new use by taking cues from British makeup artist Belinda Maines' Purge-inspired mask illusion.

7. Sea Witch

Steffanie Strazzere from Kat Von D's Artistry Collective used fishnet tights and several shades of the 24-Hour Super Brow Long-Wear Pomade to create these mesmerizing scales.

8. Stranger Things

Kayla Holloway summed up season one of Stranger Things in the best possible way with Christmas lights draped across her cheeks and Eleven's classic bloody nose.

9. Gucci Snake Gone Bad

Give your Halloween costume a high-fashion touch without spending a dime with this look from UK-based makeup artist Abby Roberts.

10. Six Eyes

Add four more eyes to your face for an arachnid aesthetic like Canadian makeup artist Megan Brown.

11. Violet Beauregarde

Regardless of if you prefer Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, you have to admit that Ellie Addis came up with a pretty genius way to emulate gum-chewing Violet Beauregarde.

12. Waterfalls

Makeup artist Kaneshia Shana created the only waterfalls we'll ever chase.

13. Pumpkin Glitter Butt

Yup, glittery pumpkin butt makeup is a thing now, thanks to Sophia Levy, makeup artist and co-founder of Go Get Glitter. Take that information as you will.

14. Werewolf

You don't have to wait until a full moon to morph into a werewolf. Just use Zoe-artistsharvest's look for reference.

15. Pixelated Person

Turn yourself into a pixelated version of yourself with tips from Canadian makeup artist Cassidy Shkimba.

16. Monet Painting

Pretend like you belong on the wall of your favorite art museum for a night.

17. Safety Pin

OK, a safety pin might not seem like the most glamorous Halloween costume ever, but June (also known as @visiblejune on Instagram) makes a pretty convincing argument for it.

18. Millenial Clown

In the words of makeup artist Jenapher Moore, "I’m not like a regular clown. I’m a cool clown." She topped off her bold blue eye makeup with star-shaped rhinestones for a glitzy, Instagram-ready clown look.

19. 3-D Spider

Makeup artists all over Instagram like Sofia Hernandez have been painting frighteningly realistic spiders onto their faces with some skillful shadow techniques. Make one look like its crawling out of your eye or even your lips.

20. Daisies

Make flowers bloom from your eyes like Jihane El Yamri with the help of some gold glitter and white eyeliner.

21. Frankendoll

Tie your hair up in some pigtails, and transform your face into a creepy but incredibly cute monster.

22. Bloody Queen

Merge the red eye makeup and dotted liner trends into one spooky situation.

23. Neon Skull

Instead of covering your whole face with its internal anatomy, try just a quarter of it by outlining your jawbone, teeth and eye socket with fluorescent hues.

24. Glitter Face

Some Allure editors may not endorse glitter-packed face masks, but I fully support covering your face in glittery makeup for Halloween purposes. After drawing on wings and swiping on black lipstick, slap some Vaseline all over your skin and press glitter on top of it. A balm will be easier to remove than glue — and your skin will be much happier about it, too.

25. Crying Heart

Makeup artist Mei Pang only used Make Up For Ever's Color Sticks for this heartbreakingly stunning look.

26. Pointilism

Literally, all you need is a liquid liner like Nyx's That's the Point Eyeliner to create this dotted extravaganza. OK, and a lot of patience.

27. Old Hollywood Glamour

Glue down your brows for ample space to add glitter to your lids for this glitzy Vaudeville glam.

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