21 Scary Halloween Makeup Ideas

That scary time of year when you love to experiment with your makeup, we are talking about Halloween.  When thinking about Halloween, we tend to think about costumes rather than our faces.  If you want to be original and show off your makeup skills, then think about doing your own makeup for Halloween.  This way, nobody will look like you and it will save you money.  If you have an amazing scary face, then you can dress in whatever you fancy.  It’s all about having the Halloween face, your outfit you can think of later.

We have come up with 21 scary Halloween makeup ideas for you to try before the scary night in October.

1. Frankenstein’s Mistress

This is simple and effective. Be Frankenstein’s mistress by using your makeup to create a scary face.  You will need to use a little shading for a few sections but majority will be red makeup.  Go for sexy red lips too to finish the look.

Frankenstein's Mistress Scary Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @anne_sfx

2. Burned Face

This is scary and frightening. OK, so you may need a few hours to apply this but it will be worth it.  The more makeup or face paint you use, the better.

Burned Face Scary Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @evasfx_

3. Scary Pumpkin

Don’t just buy and carve a pumpkin, be one! There is nothing more that screams Halloween than a scary pumpkin face.

4. Skeleton

If you are planning on wearing a low top or a dress, why not decorate your neck, shoulders and arms? Now we know that this looks amazing but it will take a few practice runs to perfect. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, keep going.  You might need a friend to help with the back.  You could always wear colour eye contacts like the photo above.  It adds to the look.

Scary Skeleton Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @ellycatt

5. Horrifying Face Off Makeup

Just looking at this, scares me. It’s Halloween and imagine you opened the door to this?  How creepy would this be!  One thing we would suggest, you need to practice applying teeth!  Good luck!

Horrifying Face Off Halloween Makeup

Source: @nicky_soup

6. Zombie Nurse

A zombie nurse is always a good choice. You can have the scary face with a sexy costume.  Lots of shading is key as well as a zombie attitude!  Remember to do the zombie walk.  If you don’t know what the zombie walk is, you should watch The Walking Dead.

7. Disney Villain

When in doubt, go for Disney. A Disney villain looks scary but fun at the same time.

In case you need a tutorial for this freaky Halloween makeup look, here it is:

8. Bloody SFX Makeup

A bloody red face looks scary. This is a slightly more detailed makeup look with an eye patch.  You can be as messy and creative with the bloody SFX makeup but leave a patch over one eye to create the look.

9. Zombie Red Riding Hood

Zombie and Red Riding Hood is a great combo! Make your Red Riding Hood look scary by adding a few makeup effects to your face.  Have a bloody chin and light coloured eye contact lenses to add to the zombie style.  Don’t forget to wear the red cape!

Check out the tutorial by Nicole Guerriero on YouTube:

10. Ripped Face

If you are looking for a sexy look, but with a Halloween twist, then check this out. You will still be able to have your daily makeup on your eyes but with a slightly ripped face.  How does that sound?

Ripped Face Creepy Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @ayajade

Need to know how you can achieve this look? Below is the tutorial for the ripped face look by Aya Jade.

11. Half Burned Face

We think the eye makes this makeup look. Of course, the half burnt face looks great for Halloween but with the light coloured contact lens, it looks quite freaky!

Half Burned Face Scary Halloween Makeup

Source: @astmog_mua

12. Vampire Makeup

Are you a Twilight fan? If you like vampires, go as one.  This is so easy to do and you can use your daily makeup.

Scary Vampire Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @giuliannaa

Here is how you can achieve this vampire Halloween look:

13. Masquerade Flesh Mask

Wearing a mask is great, but even better when it’s a flesh face! This can be achieved but it will take a few hours.  Warning, this will be messy when you’re applying but the outcome looks fantastic.

14. Scary and Gore

Halloween is all about the gore. More gore, the better.  This is a gruesome Halloween makeup idea which you can see looks amazing.

Gore Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @ellycatt

15. Ripped Out Throat

Keep it simple. How about keeping your face Halloween free and having a ripped out throat… this sounds good to us!

16. Zombie Teacher

The pencils make this look. Be prepared, you will need pencils for this!  You have to admit, this look is great.  The makeup is quite simple but the pencil adds the Halloween touch.

Zombie Teacher Halloween Makeup Look

Source: @missj15

17. Sew In Face

Are you a good sewer? Doesn’t matter if you aren’t because you don’t need to be with this Halloween face. Having a sew in face looks creepy and scary.  As you can see, wearing eye contacts will add to the effect and makes it look more realistic. Go for a light coloured colour to make it stand out. Remember to continue with the makeup on your neck and around your chin.

18. Bloody & Gore.

Blood and gore is what we are calling this idea. This is a great simple, yet effective Halloween face for you to think about.

Simple SFX Scary Halloween Makeup

Source: @_heartwork_

19. Claw Marks

Claw marks really stand out. This looks so realistic and fresh.  You might need a little practice with the actual claw marks but it’s quite easy when you’ve done it before.

Claw Marks Scary Halloween Makeup

Source: @tabreefx

20. Patchwork

Bloody patchwork is a great look for Halloween. Having a bloody face with a few patchworks looks freaky, scary and you can’t go wrong when applying your makeup.  You can have any colour lipstick with gorgeous eye makeup.  Red makeup or face paint that is shiny is a must have for this look.  We suggest to add your red makeup to your whole face then dab slightly darker red makeup to your face to add to the effect.

21. Burned Face

Go for the ultimate burnt face look with this half-face makeup idea. It’s scary and will shock everyone you’ll see.

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