Halloween Makeup: Your Costume Is Your Face

Be a unicorn, a clown or even a neon sign with these killer beauty-based Halloween costumes


Don’t have a costume idea? Don’t fret. This year, some of the best Halloween get ups require nothing but products and a little beauty know-how. From super-trendy unicorns and mermaids to dark and scary clowns, we’ve got you covered on the Halloween makeup front.



Dress your face up as this whimsical creature by sweeping sparkly cool-toned shadows onto your eyes and cheeks. Top your lids off with extra glitter then finish with a bold lip colour. The colour options are endless with this look, as long as you keep it on the pastel side, and remember that there’s no such thing as too much highlighter.

Your unicorn kit: Stila Magnificent Metals Glitter & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow in Rose Gold Retro, $31, beautyboutique.ca; Sephora Collection Pro Editorial Palette, $85, sephora.ca; Milk Makeup Holographic Highlighting Powder in SuperNova, $36, sephora.ca

Wonder Woman


Feeling fearless on the daily? Channel that and become the heroic comic book character, Wonder Woman. This look calls for bold, winged liner, dramatic lashes and a vibrant red lipstick. Take the look to a whole new level by creating her signature emblem on your forehead with gold face paint.

Your Wonder Woman kit: Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse, $28, smashbox.ca; Velour Mink Lashes in Dream Girl, $36, velourlashes.com; Lancôme Artliner in Black, $38, lancome.ca



Becoming a mythical fish-lady calls for a little contouring, then blending colours from under the sea with darker tones for a spooky twist. Shimmery scales are a must when creating this makeup look, so use a fishnet stocking against your face and press shadow through it with a dense brush.

Your mermaid kit: Wet n Wild Fall Season in a Box in Midnight Mermaid, $35, wetnwildbeauty.com; Tarte Tarteist Pro Glow Highlighting and Contour Palette, $59, tartecosmetics.com; Elf Ultimate Blending Brush, $8, walmart.ca



Put a spin on the traditional clown by opting for darker colours. Don’t hold back on smoking out your eyes with deep blacks, browns and golden champagnes. Use a matte gel liner to create classic clown shapes onto your face and for this look, you can skip the contouring.

Your clown kit: Kat Von D Beauty Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette, $64, sephora.ca; Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner, $9, walmart.ca; Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in Perversion, $21, urbandecay.ca

Neon Lights


Turning your face into a neon sign is a huge Instagram trend. The most important step for this look is loading up on eyeshadow primer. After applying eyeshadow, layer a white liquid liner on top and then apply a bright neon colour on top of the white liner to create that glowing effect.

Your neon lights kit: Nyx Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights, $20, nyxcosmetics.ca; Too Faced Sketch Marker in Pure White, $26, toofaced.com; M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Painterly, $26, maccosmetics.ca

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