They’re so good they don’t require a costume.
If you’re still looking for a costume or trying to cut back on spending this Halloween, scroll down to get inspired by costume ideas that involve just some inventive makeup and a little hair zhushing. Whether you just got invited to a last-minute costume party or spent all your time worrying about your kids’ costumes that you forgot about your own, these easy ideas are perfect for throwing together in a pinch.
While it may not seem too clever, this staple is an easy go-to and doesn’t require much work. Grab a liquid eyeliner like NYX Epic Ink Liner ($8; ulta.com) and get creative. Throw on a clown hat or just pull your hair back.
Paint on a DIY spider-woman mask with just red lipstick and black eyeliner. Start by drawing a circle around your eyes with a black kohl eyeliner like Wet n Wild Kohl Liner Pencil in Baby Got Black ($1; walgreens.com). Then color in the top half of your face with a red lipstick like MAC Lipstick in Russian Red ($10; ulta.com). Finish by creating a spiderweb with the black liner. For something simpler, try drawing a little spider web off the eyes with your black eyeliner.
Grab a soft brown eyeliner or contouring crayon like Palladio Definer Contour Crayon in Brown ($12; forever21.com) to create a spotted pattern on your forehead and down your neck. Add a little of the color to the tip of your nose as well. Pull hair into two topknots to act as the knobs on top of a giraffe, and you’re ready to go.
Take your look to the cosmos with galaxy makeup. Swirl blue and purple eyeshadow onto your lids, then draw little stars with a white eyeliner like Sephora Collection Eye Pencil to Go in Pure White ($6; sephora.com).
Cover your entire face with a sheer powder that’s several shades lighter than your skin tone. Then fill in your brows, line your eyes with black eyeliner, and finish with black lipstick like e.l.f. Moisturizing Lipstick in Black Out ($3; target.com). Part your hair down the middle and braid each side. If your hair is blonde, use a black root touch up product like L’Oréal Paris Root Cover Up in Black ($10; target.com) to spray over strands. (Don’t worry, it washes out in the shower!)