15 Unique Makeup-Based Halloween Costumes That Are Perfect For Procrastinators

Halloween is still a couple of weeks away, which means that you’ve still got time to put together an awesome costume. You can hit up your local thrift stores. Plumb the depths of your closet to craft the perfect school-appropriate Halloween look, and/or make the creepiest DIY costume you can. You can even get wild with some cardboard to turn yourself into a real-life doll.

But. If you are the kind of person who, more often than not, tends to leave things to the very last minute–AKA a “procrastinator“–you have probably reached a point in your life in which you are self-aware enough to know that, as much as you might like to, you’re probably not going to do any of that. All of that requires planning, prior exertion, and just, like, copious amounts of effort that could probably be applied to something else, like watching ASMR videos on YouTube and researching old murder cases on Wikipedia. You know, important things.

The solution? Costumes that only require makeup, not clothes. Or, rather, ones that require clothes in the sense that laws of common decency require that one be clothed, but the actual recognizable part of the costume is dependent on makeup that you probably already have. You don’t have to do anything now, obviously. Just look through the gallery. Bookmark this page. Think about it a lot. Then, like, a couple hours (minutes, even) before your Halloween party, you can spackle your makeup on. Check out the looks here: 

Black Cat

Are black cat costumes basic? Sure. But it's a super easy, super recognizable makeup look that takes relatively little skill and supplies to put together--you just need to paint on the nose, a little black lipstick, and any variation of whiskers that you'd like.

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Scarecrow makeup is super cute and super easy. All you need to do is draw some round circles on your cheeks, a patch on your nose, and some stitches leading from your mouth. Then just throw on a plaid shirt and you're good to go!

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Creepy Scarecrow

You can also go as a scarecrow that is, you know, actually scary. You pretty much just have to do a regular scarecrow face, then paint on some buttons to create a scarecrow look that is objectively sinister.

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Cute Doll

A doll costume is another superversatile look. Just put on a foundation that's a shade or two lighter than your regular complexion, making sure to cover up your lips as well. Then, paint on some Cupid's bow lips, extra-rosy cheeks, rim your bottom lash with white eyeliner, and place false lashes beneath your eyes for a perfectly wide-eyed gaze.

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Creepy Doll

You can also give the look some creepier vibes, if you'd like--just paint some stitched lines around your mouth and draw on some bottom eyelash tracks.

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'60s Mod

Wanna serve up something more vintage? Put on some matte foundation, a nude lip, pale eyeshadow, and draw some lashes underneath your eye for a Twiggy-esque 1960s mod look. (This look transitions easily into a doll one, too, if you want to make a quick change.)

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This fish scale pattern looks really difficult but, apparently, it's not actually that hard. All you need to do is put a fishnet stocking over your head and paint a shimmery shadow through the holes. Apply highlighter and some teal shadow to your eyes, and boom--you're a real mermaid. Watch this tutorial from Teen featuring Jess to see exactly how to do it.

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You probably don't have a ton of green greasepaint lying around to do a truly Elphaba-inspired witch look. But, if you know how to contour (or know how to Google "contour tutorial"), you can totally master this witch look--just contour as best you can, put on some black eyeliner and shadow, and apply a deep purple or black lip. You can wear your best cult-y black cloak and silver wig, should you happen to have them, but plain black clothes and your regular hair will work just as well.

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Makeup-based deer costumes are everywhere this year--with good reason. They're super cute! It's also not terribly difficult to do yourself. Just do up your face in colors that are neutral to your skin tone, add some winged liner if you can, paint on a snout with liquid eyeliner, and place white dots around your temples and cheekbones. (You can add some spots to your shoulders, too, like the person here did, if you want to go the extra mile.)

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Pop Art

Do you love comic books? Are you a Roy Lichtenstein connoisseur? If so, you should try some pop art makeup--you basically just draw on a super-thick brow, trace your cheekbones and bridge of your nose with eyeliner, and apply white dots all over your face. This look requires a little more skill, so you might want to practice it beforehand, but if you get it right it totally pays off.

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If you're really at a loss of what to do, just paint some glitter on your face in any pattern that pleases you. Then, it's anyone guess as to what you might be--are you a fairy? A butterfly? An alien? Who knows! Just let people around you project their ideas onto you. Whatever the case may be, you'll look cool.

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This skeleton look is challenging, but it's pretty much guaranteed to freak everyone around you the hell out and get you lots of Instagram likes. What more could you want?

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Easier Skeleton

You can also try this slightly easier (and less time-consuming, probably) skeleton look. Paint your face white, rim your eyes with black, and draw some teeth out towards your cheekbones.

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Vampire makeup is super easy--just put on makeup as you normally would (maybe with a little more pallor and black eyeliner, plus some red or pink eyeshadow if you've got it), then add a dark red lip. Let it bleed (heh) over so it looks like you've just had a snack.

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Old Age

Not sure what, exactly, you'd like to be? Just go as yourself! Or, rather, go as an older version of yourself by painting on some age makeup--all you need is an eyebrow pencil and some white highlighter. Trace the wrinkles on your face that come up from pulling it into different expressions, and boom--you're old. You can do up one side of your face and leave the rest bare if you want to make sure everyone knows that you've still got your youthful collagen underneath the wrinkles.

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What do you think of these looks? Are you going to try any of them? Let us know in the comments!

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