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10 easy Halloween makeup ideas that will save you money on a costume

Not sure what to wear this Halloween? Try one of these easy makeup tutorials and you won't need to bother with a costume.

Halloween is one of the most exciting and fun times of the year. Even if you're not trick-or-treating, you're likely heading to a Halloween party or two, which means it's time to sort out your costume! Unfortunately, costumes can be pretty pricey (even if you're renting them) and you often need to order in advance to ensure the costume arrives on time.

If you've left Halloween to the last minute or you're not looking to spend a fortune, why not let your makeup be your costume? We've found 10 easy Halloween makeup ideas to get you started if you don't have a costume yet. Most of these makeup looks can be created with products you already own and simply matched with a black dress. You don't have to spend a dime. And you can adapt these looks to be unisex too if your partner or friends are looking to match.

Sugar Skull or Day of the Dead Makeup Tutorial

Why this video: The finished product looks absolutely stunning and complex. But in reality, this tutorial is rather simple. Even if you're not that talented with a makeup brush, you'll be able to pull this off. Plus, this makeup is a Halloween costume in itself. Wear this makeup with any black dress you own and you're good to go.


Comic Book Makeup Tutorial

Why this video: This is a very easy to follow tutorial that anyone can do. And you don't need to buy anything you don't already have to create this look – as long as you have black eyeliner! Once you've completed the makeup, you can wear any clothes you already own and look absolutely Halloween ready.


Vampire Halloween Makeup Tutorial

Why this video: This is another great tutorial for beginners. If you don't know how to contour or have difficulty blending, almost every step is shown on camera so you can see exactly how to do it. And because this look is so striking, you won't need anything other than the makeup to pull off the vampire look. Just wear any black dress you already own and you'll look like a creature of the night. The only thing you may need to buy is fake blood.


Mermaid Makeup Tutorial feat. NYX Avant Pop Palette

Why this video: This mermaid tutorial is slightly more complex than others but the payoff is amazing. The end result of this tutorial is gorgeous and totally Instagram worthy. You'll have to dig out those fluoro green and blue eyeshadow shades you don't use, and if you don't have any, the NYX palette used in this video is extremely affordable and you can buy it at Priceline here. Accessorise this makeup with a maxi skirt and a little crop top or bralette and you're good to go.


Suicide Squad Harley Quinn Glam Makeup Tutorial

Why this video: Fans of NikkieTutorials can confirm that this channel has some of the best makeup tutorials out there – and this is easily the best Harley Quinn makeup tutorial we've seen. If you've already got your Harley Quinn costume together and you're looking for the perfect makeup to top it off, this is the video you need. If you're still looking for a Harley Quinn costume, you can find out how to get one on the cheap here.


Kylie Jenner Makeup Transformation

Why this video: Dope2111 is an expert at makeup transformations, and can do anyone from Angelina Jolie to Zayn Malik. This Kylie Jenner transformation is very easy to follow and has a great payoff. You most likely already own everything you need to recreate this look so its an affordable costume idea that won't require you pulling out the sewing machine. Mix this look with a figure hugging dress and you're Halloween ready!


Ripped/Torn Skin Facial Injury for Halloween

Why this video: Chloe Morello narrates an easy-to-follow special effects makeup tutorial for Halloween. Unless you're a professional, you probably will have to buy a few things to complete this look. The tutorial requires liquid latex and scar wax, which you'll need to get at a specialty store or buy online on eBay. But this look is still more affordable than most other Halloween costumes and it looks way more impressive. The best part is you can wear your normal, comfy clothes and not be stuck in a superhero outfit all night.


Pretty Witch Makeup Tutorial

Why this video: Witch costumes are a Halloween classic and this look is easy to follow and uses affordable NYX products. If you don't already own similar products to complete this look, you can pick up NYX colour cosmetics at Priceline. Once you've completed this makeup look, put on a black dress and grab a broom. You'll look like you put in loads of effort without actually spending any money.


Jessica Rabbit Makeup Transformation

Why this video: Here's another amazing makeup transformation from YouTuber Dope2111. If you want to go as Jessica Rabbit, this is the makeup look you need to pull your costume together. You'll most likely own similar products to the ones used in the video so this look will be relatively low cost. All you have to do now is find a red dress and wig.


Exotic Arabic or Princess Jasmine Makeup

Why this video: Princess Jasmine costumes are always one of the most popular come Halloween but nailing the makeup can be hard. This video shows you step-by-step how to create the perfect Arabic/Princess Jasmine eye makeup. It is rather intricate but you'll likely own all the products you'll need already and as long as you can use a blending brush you'll be able to pull this off. If you've got a Princess Jasmine costume in mind, this is the makeup you need to go with it.

Mia Steiber

Mia Steiber is a journalist at finder.com.au with a serious shopping habit and an addiction to gold jewellery. Her talents include tracking down one-off or almost sold out pieces and knowing the sizing charts for just about every brand.

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