20 Unique Mermaid Makeup Looks For Halloween

If you’ve dreamed of being a mermaid, you’ve probably tried the hack where you place a pair of fishnet tights over your face and go over top of it with eyeshadow to create a scaly look. While it has an awesome finish, it’s definitely not the only mermaid look. FYI: Neither is Ariel’s red hair and natural makeup. There are as many mermaid looks as there are, erm, fish in the sea. And that’s why mermaids are a brilliant option for Halloween.

Even if you’ve been a mermaid before, you can make the look feel like new. Heck, you can even repurpose your old scaly fishtail dress simply by switching up your makeup. And given that those things don’t come cheap, upcycling is something that we can all get behind. If you’re looking for some fresh inspiration, I’ve got you covered. Scroll down to see 20 mermaid looks you will want to try for Halloween and whenever you want to channel your inner Ariel.

1. Red and Blue Mermaid

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Yah, she definitely is the queen of the sea.


2. Pink Mermaid

✨ Mi propuesta de Maquillaje de Fantasía #Mermaidmakeup ??? guapísiima @maluliprieto ? Gracias @danitovillacreses por tanto ☺️

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Do you struggle to get your fish scale makeup just so? Try this faded look and it won’t matter if it’s not 100 percent. Then cover your arms and chest with jewels and glitter. Oh, and don’t forget the sparkly shell bra.


3. Brown Scales Mermaid

Makeup for a costume party! #mermaid #mermaidlife #mermaidmakeup #makeup

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Try experimenting with mermaid scales that are a few shades lighter or darker than your skin tone.


4. Shimmering Mermaid 

No scales? No problem.


5. Ghostly Mermaid


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For all you dark mermaids out there…


6. Turquoise Mermaid

Play around with the size and shape of your scales. These ones are large and defined so they won’t get mistaken for a swipe of blue shadow across your cheek.


7. Metallic Blue Mermaid

??????????? . @Regranned from @bangtsikitsiki – ? X O n T h e B e a c h ? ○ DETAILS⬇○ ▪HAIR》 @powderroomd 'Snow Angel' #powderroomd ▪FACE》 @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish primer @nyxcosmeticsnordics Stay Matte But Not Flat foundation @katvondbeauty Lock-It Consealer @katvondbeauty Lock-It Setting powder @katvondbeauty Shade & Light Contour palette @sigmabeauty Aura powder 'In the Saddle' @nyxcosmeticsnordics Blush palette @nyxcosmeticsnordics Pigment 'Peacock' & 'Magnetic' @anastasiabeverlyhills x Nicole Guerriero GlowKit 'Glo Getter' @aqualagooncosmetics StarFish Dust 'Moonlight' ▪EYES》 @nyxcosmeticsnordics Ultimate Shadow palette 'Brights' @nyxcosmeticsnordics HotSingles eyeshadow 'Vixen' @nyxcosmeticsnordics Epic Ink liner @lasplashcosmetics Diamond Liner 'Tiara' // Use code 'TSIKI' at checkout and get ? off! @eyeko Lash Alert! Mascara @kasinaprofessional 'B2st' lashes @jazzy_glitter Silver & Teal Chunky glitter @blushsparkle Pearls ▪BROWS》 @lasplashcosmetics UD Brow mousse 'Carnaby Orchid' // Use code 'TSIKI' at checkout and get ? off! ▪LIPS》 @ellamila Velvet Matte 'X On The Beach' #nyxnordicscosmetics #nyxprofessionalmakeup #makeuplook #makeup #makeupoftheday #sigmabrushes #sigmabeauty #makeupaddict #motd #mermaidmakeup #bluehair #nude #mua_underdogs #falselashes #bblogger #finnishgirl #makeupmafia #katvond #faceoftheday #kvd #glow #katvondbeauty #purple #pastelhair #glitter #mermaid #bluehair#glittermakeup

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It might be pushing it to call this a minimalist makeup look given the glitter, pearls, scales, and fierce lashes, but it is compared to full face looks.


8. Iridescent Mermaid Makeup

When @allydaluisio turns you into a mermaid for @teengrams ???????✨? Video tutorial coming ASAP!

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When in doubt, cover your entire face with an opalescent eyeshadow, add some gemstones, and use some blue lipstick.


9. Scaly Neck Makeup Look

I love how the focus is on the neck as opposed to the face.


10. Moulin Rouge Mermaid Look

Think of a mermaid who joined Burlesque or Moulin Rouge ??✨ Tutorial for this look is now up in my YouTube channel! 🙂 . If you want to see how I did the DIY SFX scales and the whole makeup look, you can watch the full video in my YouTube chanel. <3 <3 <3 . HERE'S THE LINK: https://youtu.be/lsa5yFgnS7o . PRODUCTS USED FOR SCALES: – Elmer's Glue Glue-All – Bi-ya Eyelash Glue – Virginia Olsen Mineral Eyeshadow in Chartreuse – Nature Republic Eyeshadow – Glory of New York Loose Mineral Eyeshadow (blue) MAKEUP: – L'Oreal True Match Liquid Foundation] – GNY Translucent Powder – Avon Brow Definer in black – Virginia Olsen Mineral Eyeshadow in Chameleon – San San Age Defense Trio Eyeshadow (cream base for the eyes) – @delancibeautyofficial Eyeshadow Palette @mhaesfashionstuff – Jazzy France Sleek Matte Eyeshadow Palette (black) – Maybelline Hypersharp liquid liner – Maybelline The Falsies – @lashlabmanila Alexandria 3D Minks – Nature Republic Eyeshadow (pink) – The Balm Mineral Overshadow in Work is Overrated (as highlighter) – @cathydollphils Nude Me Liquid Lip Matte in Burgundy Red – GNY Glitter Gloss . #LadyMermylade #Mermaidmakeup #burlesque #MoulinRouge #MakeupbyBingCastro #bingprojectawesome #TheProjectAwesome #makeupartistphilippines #MUAPH #makeupartistph #makeupartistsworldwide #associationofbeauty #vegas_nay #blendthatshit #babesandslay #bretmansvanity #wakeupandmakeup #undiscovered_muas #SFX #DIYscales #SFXscales

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A burlesque mermaid? It sounds completely random, but it actually works.


11. White and Pale Blue Mermaid

I’m going to go ahead and call this the drowned mermaid…if it’s possible that mermaids can drown. Even if you don’t try the gills/chiseled cheekbones, the look will still slay.


12. Glitter Eyes Mermaid

Sure, the red hair helps, but it’s really about the eye makeup. And if you really want red hair, you can always get a wig.


13. Pastel Mermaid Makeup Look

Do we normally see mermaids with hair in choppy bobs? No. Should we? Yup. And we should definitely see more with lilac lipstick.


14. Royal Blue Mermaid Look

Throwback to one year ago when I had pink hair and created this mermaid look! ❤✨? For this look I used @nyxcosmetics_uk shadows in "Ultraviolet", "Wild Orchid", "Electroshock" and "Turnt Up" for the eyes and contouring, @nyxcosmetics_uk Wicked Lippy in "Envy" with @peachesmakeup "Disco" pigment on top ? I also used "Disco" pigment over the top of the shadows to create a "scaly" look ❤ Lashes are @eldorafalseeyelashes H167 ? . Glitter in my brows is @urbandecaycosmetics "Amp" Heavy Metal Glitter Liner ✨ . . . . . . . . . . . . #makeup #mua #nyxcosmetics_uk #bblogger #beautyblogger #contour #highlight #wingedliner #anastasiabeverlyhills #graphicliner #pinkhair #peachesmakeup #mermaidmakeup #maccosmetics #smokeyeye #mermaid #falselashes #makeupyoutube #motd #eotd #nyxcosmetics #universodamaquiagem_oficial #hollywoodglamour #jaclynhill #nikkietutorials #daniellerobertsmua #liquidsuede

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It’s hard to decide what the best part of this makeup is. Are you into the sparkly brows or the mega lashes? Or everything?


15. Subtle Mermaid Look

This was supposed to be a Mermaid?? inspired look, but i feel that it took such a wrong turn Make up deets➡️ ?Face: @smashboxcosmetics Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer @narsissist All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation in Light 4 Deauville @nyxcosmetics Total Control Drop Foundation in 10 Buff @katvondbeauty Concealer in Light 7 @pixibeauty Makeup Fixing Mist @ofracosmetics Highlighter in Bali @limecrimemakeup Diamond Crushers in Trip and Fluke @urbandecaycosmetics Electric Palette and Vice Palette ?Brows: @anastasiabeverlyhills Dipbrow in Ebony @wetnwildbeauty Face Stencil ?Eyes: @urbandecaycosmetics Naked Heat Palette @toofaced Just Peachy Palette ?Lips: @smashboxcosmetics Always on Liquid Lipstick in True Grit @limecrimemakeup Diamond Crusher in Fluke #makeup #halloweenmakeup #selftaughtmua #smashbox #nars #nyx #pixi #ofra #limecrime #urbandecay #katvondbeauty #abh #norvina #wetnwild #toofaced #crueltyfree #crueltyfreemakeup #mermaidvibes #mermaidmakeup #mermaid

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If you want a mermaid look, but don’t want to go over the top, this is your makeup.


16. Half Mermaid Look

#makeup #mermaidmakeup #mermaid #halloweenmakeup #mermaidqueen #tumblr

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One half is glam Ariel, the other half is Ariel who has definitely seen better days…or maybe Ariel after she drank too much sea water.


17. Bloody Mermaid Look

This beauty look was everything: glitter tears, a rainbow eye, purple lips, a shell crown, a scale forehead…and a fork causing a major puncture wound.


18. White Mermaid Look

When you want to be a mermaid so bad ❤️ #mermaid #makeup #ocean #mermaids #mermaidlife #mermaidtattoo #mermaidmakeup #mermaidgang

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When you want to be a mermaid but you still want to freak people out at the party, try using an opaque pastel face paint.


19. Scales and Pearls Mermaid Look

Take your mermaid makeup to the next level with a gold highlighter and by adding some pearls to your face.


20. Blue, Turquoise, and Pink Mermaid Look

I love how unexpected the white eyeliner in this. It makes me wonder why I never thought to add it to my own sea-centric looks.


Have you ever been a mermaid for Halloween? Let us know in the comments!

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