Halloween Makeup Inspiration

Whether you’ve got days to prepare or minutes, this blog has your look covered for Halloween style inspiration!

There is a TONNE of great Halloween looks out there, from gruesome to simply chic. I’ve been prowling round the web* in the dead of the night to find some favourites, for those who have days to prepare their costume to those who have decided to go out last minute on All Hallows’ Eve…

Dreadful Amounts of Time

If you live for the 31st of October and plan a year in advance then there’s some scarily fantastic and unique ideas for Halloween costumes and makeup. Take a look at some of my favourites…


The Dísir are spirits described as “dead women” in grand attire who visit dreams in Norse mythology.

queen of the vampires

Dispel the myth of the typical all black-clad vampire and be a beautifully terrifying Vampire Queen.

creepy doll

Be a pretty creepy doll in an ornate, girly dress contrasted against stark, scary makeup.


If you’ve got a day or two to spare before Halloween and you’ve got plans for a spooky bash then it’s all about organisation! Decide on a few looks and what you would need to get from your nearest shops to achieve them. I say ‘a few looks’ because most good Halloween costumes mysteriously disappear the day before All Hallows’ Eve. Here are some amazing ideas that you can achieve with little preparation.

Eye girl

A creative hand and plenty of blue costume makeup will have all eyes on this uniquely creepy look.


Lady Gaga mastered the sexy skeleton look in her ‘Born This Way’ video and you can too.

she devil

Exceptionally chilling, there’s no red lycra in sight with this high-fashion She-Devil look.

Last Minute Shocker

Haven’t got time for a full get-up? That’s what makeup is for! Turn your look from pretty to pretty terrifying in five minutes.

the undead

The Undead look is petrifyingly easy to achieve if you can grab hold of some spooky white eye contacts.


Don’t want to frighten the kids? Be a cute cat! Red lipstick, black kohl eyeliner and cat ear hairband is all that’s needed!

vamp makeup

Dark and vampy makeup teamed with something black and lacy always looks bloodcurdlingly chic.

Minus Time

I couldn’t do a Halloween post without including this picture. Mother Dearest and I, 31st October, 2001, “The Devil Reincarnate”.


*I do not own the rights to any of these pictures apart from the last one (obviously) but I do think they’re all brilliant!


How To Apply Lipstick

Lipstick is not all is seems. Throughout the ages it has been so much more than a blot of colour on a woman’s face. It has been a show of defiance, patriotism, sexuality, strength and rank throughout the century.

But how do you apply your lipstick to perfection? I’ve made a small guide to show you how.
Before we commence with application, we firstly need to make sure our lips are looking at their finest. If you have flakey lips, exfoliate them with a dry toothbrush by brushing lips lightly to remove any dead skin.
Next, cleanse skin, moisturise and apply your makeup as usual.
Step 1: Base. Apply a little foundation to you lips by pressing it into your lips with your fingertip. You can also add a very light touch of lip balm if your lipstick is matte or if your lips are a little dry, as this will help your lipstick to glide on later. If you do choose to use lip balm, press a little powder gently onto lips on top of your lip balm to form a base.
Step 2: Lip liner. Not always necessary, but I think for strong, pigmented colours it is a necessity to use a lip pencil to create clean lines and prevent bleeding. If you can find a lip pencil that matches your lipstick then that’s great! If not, use a lip liner that is the same colour as your lips. Before applying, decide if your lips are symmetrical. If they are, then good for you – all you have to do is follow the outline of your lips. However, if you have a bit of a wonky mouth like me, try to shape the outline of your lips so that they are symmetrical.
Step 3: Colour in! I divide my mouth into quarters and always start at the top. Take your time and stay between the lines – remember, you can’t rush art.
Step 4: Blot. Blot lips with tissue by folding a piece of tissue in half an inserting it between your lips and pressing down lightly with your mouth. Blotting prevents dreaded lipstick teeth and makes your colour last longer.
Step 5: Finishing touches. Last but not least, to finish your lovely painted lips re-apply your lipstick and blot again. And voila! Perfectly applied lipstick.
How to apply lipstick
The products I used for this post are bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie ‘Live It Up’ lipstick and Illamasqua ‘Feisty’ lip liner.