30 of the Best Halloween Eye Makeup Looks
Usually, our Halloween costume ‘decides’ our makeup—or, really, leaves it in the dust. And while a smoky eye does go with everything, why not let your eyeshadow take the wheel this year?
It’s that only time of year where wacky, wild, never-before-dreamed-of makeup looks can be achieved without anyone batting an eye. After all, Lindsay Lohan in Mean Girls said it best: “In the real world, Halloween is when kids dress up and beg for candy. But in girl world, Halloween is the one time of year a girl can dress like a total slut, and no other girl can say anything about it.” In this case, “dressing like a total slut” means going wild with glitter and fake blood because you can.
Below are 30 Halloween-Makeup ideas, scroll down and get inspired for this year look.
30. Veiny Halloween Eye
If you are looking for something lowkey and spooky, this Halloween eye makeup’s got you covered. Everything you need are a few basics (like: black eyeshadow, red eyeliner, and a couple fluffy brushes) and it’s very easy to execute.
29. Moon Eye Makeup
Are you looking for something a bit more complex? You’ll absolutely love this moon eye makeup idea for Halloween. Face paint, ultra-dramatic flasies and a couple fine-point brushes are all nonnegotiable for this look.
28. Devil Eye Makeup
Red eyeshadow and you’ll be on your way to recreating this epic Halloween eye makeup. Devil makeup is really up to your interpretation, so feel free to play around with the horn detailing and eyeshadow combos to make the look your own.
27. Unicorn Eye Makeup
We all know those pigmented pinks and purples in our eyeshadow palettes that we rarely touch? Finally, this Halloween eye makeup idea, is about to give you a reason to use them. Finish off the look by brushing up your brows and swiping on a few coats of pink mascara (which, okay, fine—you might have to buy for the occasion).
26. Smokey Eye
The coolest thing about this smokey eye for Halloween is that it can go with any number of costumes-roll up to your friend’s party wearing all black or go all out with a witch hat and broom. That inner-corner highlight and shimmery finish make it really pretty.
25. Butterfly Winged Eyeliner
I call this Halloween look—wait for it—butterfl-eye makeup. Instead of doing a typical winged liner look, blend yellow and gold eyeshadow (or whatever shade you want your wings to be) to the outside corner of your eye. Then, use a black liquid eyeliner to outline and shape your wings over the eyeshadow.
24. Upside-Down Halloween Eye
Don’t you think too, that this look gives a whole new meaning to the term “makeup trick?” Start with your go-to eye makeup on one side, then the other, flip it all upside down. Start by using a glue stick to lay your brow hairs flat, topped with setting powder and full-coverage foundation to hide your real brows. Then, apply the same eye look as before but underneath your bottom lashes—eyeshadow, eyeliner, false lashes, and all. Use an eyebrow pencil to draw a faux brow on your cheek to complete the look.
23. Halloween Heart Eyeliner
This can be one of the easiest Halloween eye makeup look, but still effective. All you need is a marker eyeliner in the same color as your eyes and a steady hand. Start by figuring out where your irises naturally fall in relation to your eyelid. Then, place two small dots on your upper eyelid to mark where the arches of the heart should be and one small dot along your bottom lash line where the point should go. Carefully fill in the shape of your heart, skip the mascara so you don’t cover it up, and get ready to spook some people.
22. Disney-Inspired Eye Makeup
You never need a special occasion to wear Disney-inspired Halloween makeup, but Halloween is the best time to impress everyone with an Ursula eye look. Use colorful eyeliners or small eyeliner brushes dipped in setting spray and eyeshadow to create the purple tentacles and you wont need a costume. Pair it with Ursula’s signature red lip and now you are perfectly done.
21. Halloween Spiderweb Eyeliner
This may look like an expert-level Halloween eye makeup, but the hardest part about it is finding a white eyeliner in your makeup bag. Start with a smokey eye, then use your white liner to draw roughly 12 lines extending from the outer corner of your eye. Then, draw a couple lines perpendicular to the first set of lines to create the grid shape of your web. End it by drawing with your black eyeliner a tiny spider sitting in the web.
20. Floral Eye Makeup
The good news is that you don’t need expert makeup skills for this DIY Halloween flower eye makeup look. Use clear eyelash glue to place dried petals and flowers along your brow bone, and voila: flower brows perfect for a hippie costume.
19. Glitter Eye Makeup
If you take glitter eye makeup and times it by a million, you get this amazing sparkly masterpiece. Start with a base of white face paint over the area that you want to glow, then apply a super shimmery highlighter and glue iridescent rhinestones on top because why not?! The sparklier, the better. Use brown eyeliner to make “cracks” on your skin around the glitter.
18. Gory Halloween Eye Makeup
If you love scary Halloween costumes, try this eye makeup which gives the illusion of faux stitches, but if you have a weak stomach, keep scrolling.. Use adhesive to connect small threads of red string to your upper and lower lids and cover the spots with fake blood to make it really believable.
17. Halloween Glitter Tears
These glitter tears are perfect for pun costumes (so! many! options!), and it’s easier than you think to replicate. For this look, start by applying a silver liquid eyeshadow over your eyelid. Use pearls to define the crease and glue teardrop rhinestones under your eyes to make the tears. This Halloween eye makeup look is so beautiful I could cry.
16. Masquerade Mask Makeup
As long as you’ve got patience and a lot of time, you can do this Halloween costume, without any problem. Use a super fine-tip liquid liner to create the outline of your mask. Then, use the same liner to draw diagonal lines all in the same direction and equally spaced apart. Next, draw diagonal lines going the opposite direction to create a lace-like grid. At each intersection of the lines, glue a small rhinestone.
15. Alien Eye Makeup
No one *really* knows what aliens look like, so feel free to take all the creative liberty you want with this one. If you like this neon purple version, start by outlining your shape with black pencil liner and filling it in with purple cream eyeshadow. Next, blend the black line slightly and use different shades of purple eyeshadow to create depth and dimension.
14. Scarecrow Makeup
Sunflowers and scarecrows go together like, well, crows and scarecrows. Make your eye the center of the flower and use Halloween costume makeup to paint all the petals around your eye socket. Bonus points if you also add a few stitches across your lips with black eyeliner.
13. Monster Makeup
If you fancy yourself an artist, now’s the time to show off your skillz. I’m no van Gogh, but as long as you’ve got a few green eyeliner pencils and a reference photo, you can pull off a pretty convincing Mike Wazowski for your Halloween eye makeup.
12. Simple Eye Makeup
If you’re new to this whole Halloween makeup thing, this one is a good, easy place to start. It might not seem like much, but for this eye makeup look, the devil is in the details. Start with a crisp red cut crease, then use red lip liner to draw little horns above your brow and the tail below your bottom lashes.
11. Astrology-Inspired Makeup
If you are a big fan of horoscope and live your life by it, you should really lean into your Zodiac sign for your Halloween costume this year. This one features a galaxy eye makeup look, complete with stars and star signs. Don’t have face paint? Don’t worry. Take a purple eyeshadow palette and blend the shades together to create the look.
10. ‘Black Swan’ Winged Eye Makeup
For this dramatic Halloween eye makeup, grab a pot of waterproof black eyeliner and use a medium-sized makeup brush to paint it on over your entire eye area in the shape of a swan’s wing. Then, paint little strokes of white eyeliner on your wing to create the look of feathers. Finish off the look with a deep red lipstick.
9. Halloween Spider Lashes
I’m not typically a fan of spider lashes, but these are the exception to the rule. For this look, your eye acts as the body of the spider with the legs stemming from your lash line. Start off with a dark eyeshadow look of your choice, then use your black and white eyeliners to draw the eight creepy legs.
8. Faux-Blood Eye Makeup
Does this photo make you queasy? Cool, me too. This scary Halloween eye makeup look will have everyone coming up to you all night asking what happened to your eye, to which you can respond with a joke about your sharp cut crease. To get the look, blend a little fake blood into the crease area of your eyelid.
7. Melting Eye Makeup
No one likes when their eyes water and their makeup runs—unless, of course, it looks like this. For this Halloween eye makeup, start with an even application of a solid color (a blank slate) and leave the area around your eyes bare. Then, apply your eye makeup as normal (including your foundation and concealer), and use a dropper or a small brush and liquid foundation to make the paint drip effect.
6. Leopard Eye Makeup
Oh, you thought I was out of puns? Nope! This leopard Halloween makeup look takes the cat-eye to next level. To make the spots, draw organic shapes with brown kohl liner, then use black eyeliner to outline the shapes.
5. ‘Euphoria’-Inspired Makeup
If you love the makeup on Euphoria almost as much as you love the show, dress up as one of the characters for Halloween. This embellished eye makeup looks like something right off of Maddy Perez’s mood board. Get creative with a little clear individual lash glue and rainbow rhinestones to create a look like this.
4. Tie-Dye Eye Makeup
If you, like the rest of the world, couldn’t get enough of tie-dye this year, incorporate it into your costume this Halloween too. Grab a rainbow eyeshadow palette and all your fluffy blending brushes to make each color fade perfectly into the next.
3. Under-Eye Liner Makeup
With this look, think less Mufasa and more Scar. Who knew a little under-eye liner could completely change the vibe of a regular cat-eye? Instead of starting from your tear duct like usual, place the point of a fine-tip liquid liner about a centimeter below it. Then, continue to line your bottom lashes until it meets the flick on the outside corner.
2. Frankenstein Eye Patch Makeup
If you don’t want to commit to the whole costume + makeup thing for Halloween, go with a half-look instead. For this Frankenstein makeup, cover only one section of your face with green face paint. Then, outline the section with fake blood and use eyeliner to draw a few stitches along the seam.
1. Snake Eyes Makeup
Switch out your own eyes for some snake eyes with creepy makeup idea. Start by tracing the shape of snake around your face with red, white, and black face paint. Make sure to circle your eye area with black makeup to create the look of empty holes. Then, practice walking around with your eyes closed so you can stay in character all night