Top 10 Makeup Designs For Halloween

Top 10 Makeup Designs For Halloween

Transform your own personal palette into a creative masterpiece.

While Halloween has become a day of personal expression, costume makeup has become a tool for creativity.

For centuries, people have expressed themselves through the art of theatrical makeup dating all the way back to ancient cultures around the world. Over time, not only has technology advanced in our society, but the evolution of makeup has also reached its peak. With huge retailers like MAC and Sephora, plus trending product lines from makeup artists like the famous Kat Von D, we have access to some of the best options for creative design. Society is obsessed. And what better time than now to wow people with your creative beauty? This Halloween be sure to hold nothing back when turning your precious palette into a masterpiece.

Whether you like spooky, sexy, or a mix between the two, Halloween makeup is an excellent way to spice up your costume and embrace your inner creative genius.

Here are 10 amazing (and mostly do-able) Halloween makeup designs:

1.) Dia de los Muertos

Calaveras de azucar (sugar skulls). This is a legendary, cultural design that is one of the most stunning of all Halloween makeup. It is a perfect opportunity for people to express their creativity through honoring a cultural tradition—but it is also very important to know the background of sugar skulls and the Mexican holiday. Especially the fact that Halloween and Dia de los Muertos are two different holidays. Here are 5 facts you can quickly learn about The Day of the Dead. This beautiful makeup design can be utilized through various color schemes, hues, tones and glitter. Check out some gorgeous designs here.

2.) Pennywise the creepy clown

Since society is obsessed with pop culture, of course the latest characters and social trends always become fresh and exciting Halloween costumes to create year after year. With the recent release of Stephen King’s It remake, Pennywise the terrifying clown, is a popular makeup choice this year. Girls can pull-off a much cuter version of the famous clown face and still have a spooky Halloween twist to their makeup design. Despite the whole creepy clown epidemic that was happening, this makeup idea can be a creatively scary masterpiece.

3.) David Bowie

RIP to this wonderful artist and may his bold makeup legacy live on for many Halloweens to come. It’s a shame that it isn’t until many celebrities die that we appreciate the true beauty of their individuality. It's always fun to pay homage to superstars who influence and impact our lives. The famous "Ziggy Stardust" iconic lightening bolt across one eye has been replicated by present-day stars like Lady Gaga and Ke$ha who continue to honor his legacy of unique style. The David Bowie look will go down in not only fashion world history—but costume makeup history—forever.

4.) Lisa Frank

If you’re a 90s kid you can definitely appreciate this. Anyone growing up in this decade remembers the bright, tie-dye and pastel designs of unicorns, stars, rainbows and animals in a fantasy world of technicolor. Although, a very hard portrait to paint, the Lisa Frank brand can be transformed into a beautiful makeup design that honor's a classic piece of nostalgia. The key to this makeup scheme is the use of extremely bright and flamboyant pastel colors. You could even use stickers of the different iconic prints.

5.) Pop Art

If you’re going to dress up as a comic book hero, you must do it big by adding a touch of pop art makeup. The 3D-looking indents used with bold lines and spots make your features pop in a way that becomes cartoonish. This is one of the most challenging makeup designs, yet one of the most fascinating. Check out some pop art designs here.

6.) Rag doll

This is a fun makeup design that can complement a variety of costumes. Anything from a cute and innocent baby doll to a creepy or tarnished rag doll can go well with this look. My favorite part about this is the stitched mouth which looks great with black, red, pink, or dark purple lipsticks. Just be sure to keep it closed for pictures!

7.) Zombie

An oldie but goodie. Even though it has always been around, zombie-face will forever be a fun makeup design to easily throw together with some contouring and fake blood. With the growing popularity of zombie shows like The Walking Dead, the obsession has become great inspiration for sexy and scary zombie makeovers that just get more creative each year.

8.) Vampire

Another oldie but goodie that has only gotten better with time. Vampire makeup is one of the sexiest and easiest looks to pull off for Halloween. The bold, red lipstick and dark, smoky-eye is a perfect excuse to cake on that gothic look we all wish we could rock on the daily without scaring people. Plus, who doesn’t love looking sexy in red lipstick and fangs?

9.) Ouija Board

This is definitely one of my absolute favorites. The classic Ouija board is another makeup design to easily pull off and look hot. Just use a stencil and dark black to trace the letters on your chest and complement your face with a dark, bold look. Bright-colored contacts also add a nice touch to this.

10.) Joker face

My, my, my, my joker face. Okay, so everybody knows Heath Ledger was the greatest joker of all time, but with the recent Suicide Squad movie that gained another wave of popularity for the famous comic-book character, the joker face is back and better than ever. And now with Harley Quinn in the mix—there’s even more options to branch out your creativity. This is a great look for people with big features who can accentuate them even more through the deep-red smeared lipstick and creepy bone structure.

When it comes to makeup during Halloween—you can never have enough!

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1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

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To Read Or Not To Read

That is the question.


Much like most of our generation, I think I stopped reading for fun around 2012 and hadn't picked up a book that was not assigned for school for the last 6 years but this summer I tried to make the effort to stay off of Netflix or any other streaming service and not catch up on any new or old shows and finish some books.

Here are my top 5 of the books that I enjoyed this summer…

1. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo ( John Oliver - Last Week Tonight) 

I started with this classic by John Oliver from Last Week Tonight, that I bought for shits and giggles because he was selling it just to spite Vice President Mike Pence. But in reality, it is a really cute book that's about a gay rabbit that is trying to get with the love of his life. Plus it has some insanely cute art and was a quick 30-minute read.

2. It (Stephen King) 

Let's dive straight into a horror masterpiece from a wholesome picture book. Full disclosure, I started reading this book last summer and it's almost a 1000 pages and I couldn't finish this book before last school year started, but this year I just grit my teeth and tried to finish it. Not that finishing it was hard, this book is as amazing as it is creepy!!

3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (J.K. Rowling) 

This is one of my favorite books of all time and my favorite book by far in the harry potter series. It is a great mixture of intrigue and humor. The more I read it the sadder I feel because the movie didn't live up to the expectations that the book had set up for me.

4. Crazy Rich Asians (Kevin Kwan) 

I was really excited to read this book because I was really excited to watch the movie. It had been a really long time since I had read a book before the movie was coming out. So a few weeks before the movie came out, I bought the book and had a great time with it. I really loved both the movie and the book and what makes me even giddier is that this book has sequels and, personally, I can't wait to get my hands on them as well.

5. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) 

You know that copy of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse that you bought in 5th grade and still have, no? Just me? Anyway, through it away because Wuthering Heights is what it's all about. I recently found out that Eclipse was based on Wuthering Heights and I attempted to read it. Now Wuthering Heights is one of those books that classify under the "classics" section and I have always hated those because I thought they were boring. But Wuthering Heights is absolutely amazing and just hits you with so many emotions it's unbelievable.

I really had a great time just logging off this summer and getting in touch with the literary geek within me. Maybe take some time and prepare your own reading list for Winter Vacation.

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