If you’ve fallen victim to procrastination and have no idea what character you’ll be for Halloween, Camera Ready is here to the rescue! We’ve compiled ten of the easiest, most affordable (all below $25) Halloween makeup looks you can pull off in a pinch. 

Shop the looks below, and be sure to place orders before the shipping deadlines for guaranteed delivery by October 31st. Our priority shipping deadline is October 24th and our express shipping deadline is October 26th

Happy Halloween! 


Makeup & Photo: @hellojuliagraf

1) “Walking Dead” Zombie

Cost: $22.95 

You only need two products to create this popular Halloween makeup look – a cream makeup color wheel and fake blood. We suggest the Ben Nye Bruise Wheel and Mehron Stage Blood. The only other items you’ll need to complete this look are eyeliner and mascara, which you probably already have in your makeup bag.

Using a makeup sponge, beautyblender, or your fingers, follow this video tutorial for detailed instructions on creating a convincing zombie.


Makeup & Photo: @namglam

2) Wicked Witch of the West 

Cost: $21.00

Three products, plus a few staples already in your makeup bag, are all you need to create this iconic movie villain. 

Start with Ben Nye Creme Color in Green and apply all over the face and neck. Use the same product in White to highlight the under eyes, forehead, and cheekbones, and use Black to contour and define the cheekbones.

To finish the look, pull out your favorite smoky eye palette, eyeliner and mascara to define your eyes. Use eyeliner to create small black dots all over the face, and a highlight to accentuate the cheekbones if desired. 

Here is a quick Instagram tutorial to use as inspiration for your own unique wicked witch look!


Makeup & Photo: @briannafoxmakeup

3) Glam Skeleton 

Cost: $19.75

Skeletons are a go-to Halloween costume every year, but what about turning up the glam? Transform this classic, haunting look with a sultry smoky eye and voluminous hair. With just three products for under $20 total, you can turn the expected into a head-turning creation.

To start, you’ll need Kryolan Aquacolor in shades Deep Black and #70. Then get a La Femme Blush Rouge in shade Magenta.

The first step in this look is to apply the base of your makeup as you normally would – moisturizer, concealer, foundation. Use the Kryolan Deep Black to draw your toothy grin and to outline sunken cheekbones. Mix with some of the Kryolan #70 to fill and shade the sunken cheeks and to fill in the teeth you’ve outlined.

Apply La Femme Magenta around the outer lines of the teeth and use a shadow brush to smudge and blend the color.

Once you’ve completed those steps, use an eyeshadow palette you already own to create an overly dramatic smoky eye and finish with heavy black eyeliner and mascara (which you are sure to already own!)

Get inspired with this step-by-step video tutorial, and create a look that’s all your own.


Makeup & Photo: @trulymakeup_23

4) Pop Art Character 

Cost: $23.45

As one of the most Googled Halloween makeup tutorials for 2018 (read our blog about it here), this is the perfect look to create last minute with very minimal products. 

To create this look, you’ll need just four products:

NYX “Milk” Eye Pencil

Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White

Mehron Color Cups in Yellow

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Relentless

Use a black eyeliner you already have to line the lips, cupid’s bow, bridge of the nose, and cheekbones. You can even draw tears or other design elements that you’ll later fill in. Get creative!

Apply the Mehron Color Cup in Yellow across the eyelid before emphasizing the lash lines with your favorite black liner. Go across the lower lash line with Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White for a more dramatic look, and then apply several coats of any black mascara.

Take the NYX Eye Pencil in Milk to apply small dots all over the face. Finish with a bright red lipstick, like L.A. Girl’s Matte Flat Velvet in shade Relentless.

Pop art makeup is all about creativity, so ditch the tutorial this time around and express yourself however you choose!


Makeup & Photo: @nicoleguerriero

5) Cruella de Vil

Cost: $24.50

She’s over the top. She’s evil. She’s Cruella de Vil – the woman all Disney fans love to hate. The beauty of this look is that you only need a few additional products than you already have to create this character: Ben Nye Sparkle Glitter in Silver, Opal Ice and Emerald Green and Ben Nye Clown White Makeup.

We love this makeup tutorial because it shows two different options: glam Cruella and zombie Cruella. Take away a few pointers and put your own twist on this iconic Disney villain.

Note: You can rock this makeup without a costume, but you’ll probably want a wig to finish off the final look. You can find one at most Halloween costume stores.


Makeup & Photo: @makeupbymaritsa

6) Wednesday Addams 

Cost: $25.94 

The Addams Family captivated TV audiences in the 1960’s before making its feature film debut in 1991. And even after all this time, the family’s fan base hasn’t wavered. Known for her signature pigtail braids and ghostly pale face, Wednesday Addams is a popular Halloween costume every year.

All you really need is a contour palette, a great pinky-nude lip color like NYX Matte Lipstick in shade Couture, and Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in shade Tako. You’ll also want black hair paint, if you don’t already have dark hair. We recommend Mehron Liquid Makeup for Hair.

There are tons of online tutorials you can watch, but the goal here is to create a very pale face with defined cheekbones and an intense smoky eye. The black braided hair really makes the look, so don’t forget that key element!


Makeup & Photo: @madokeki

7) Creepy Doll

Cost: $22.24

Nothing is more terrifying than the haunting face of a possessed doll in a horror film. Turn yourself into the object of nightmares in just a few easy steps. 

To create this look, you’ll need these four products:

Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White

La Femme Blush Rouge in Fuchsia

Gypsy Lashes – 93 (903) Black

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hot Nights

Apply your base makeup as you normally would, then use an eyeshadow palette of your choice to create an overly exaggerated smoky eye. Apply Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White along the lower lash line, making sure to draw it out below the lash line to make the eyes appear larger. Use any black eyeliner to draw a fake lash line below the white you just applied. Finish the eyes with falsies. We love Gypsy Lashes in #93. 

Use a black eyeliner to draw to vertical lines from the corners of the mouth to the bottom of the chin, and then apply fake freckles around the nose and inner cheek area. Finish the lips with NYX Butter Lipstick in Hot Nights or another hot pink lip color.

The final step in this makeup look is to create the appearance of really rosy, circular cheeks. We love La Femme Blush Rouge in shade Fuchsia because it’s super pigmented and will last all night.

 old lady makeup

Makeup & Photo: @elojodelasgrayas

8) Old Lady

Cost: $22.70

Create the older version of yourself with just three products: Ben Nye Liquid Latex, Ben Nye Liquid Hair Color in Silver Grey and Kryolan Supracolor in shade Ivory.

Apply your foundation and concealer normally. Use a light brown eyeshadow to line the lower lash line and inner corner of the eye. Then apply liquid latex in places where you want the skin to have a wrinkly, sagging texture. You may have to use a popsicle stick or SFX spatula to move the latex around as it dries to create the exact look you want. 

Create age spots around the face with Kryolan Supracolor in Ivory. Then finish the makeup with a bright red lipstick. To complete your look, apply Ben Nye Liquid Hair Color in Silver Grey.


Makeup & Photo: @hailiebarber

9) Bloody Tears

Cost: $23.70

This is probably the easiest makeup look to create. You only need one product: Kryolan Eye Blood in Red. Apply a full face of makeup however you desire. We love a sultry smoky eye and dark lip color. Then apply the Kryolan Eye Blood around the lower lash line and allow it to drip down your face while drying.

It’s so easy, no tutorials needed here!

maleficent makeup

Makeup & Photo: @promisetamang

10) Queen Maleficent 

Cost: $19.50

This infamous Disney villain was the most Googled Halloween makeup tutorial for 2018. We recently did a step-by-step makeup tutorial for this simple look, which you can follow here.

We used more than $25 worth of products for that specific tutorial, but you can achieve a similar look with just a great red lipstick like Big Cherry/Fire Brick from the NYX Butter Lipstick collection and a sultry green eyeshadow like Midori from Sugarpill.

Shop The Looks

Create any of the Halloween makeup looks mentioned in this article by using our handy-dandy shopping checklists down below! Disclaimer: this blog is not in collaboration with or sponsored by any of the makeup artists credited above.

1) “Walking Dead” Zombie

Ben Nye Bruise Wheel

Mehron Stage Blood

2) Wicked Witch of the West

Ben Nye Creme Color in Green

Ben Nye Creme Color in White

Ben Nye Creme Color in Black

3) Sugar Skull

Kryolan Aquacolor in Deep Black

Kryolan Aquacolor in #70

La Femme Blush Rouge in Magenta

4) Pop Art Character

NYX “Milk” Eye Pencil

Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White

Mehron Color Cups in Yellow

L.A. Girl Matte Flat Velvet Lipstick in Relentless

5) Cruella de Vil

Ben Nye Sparkle Glitter in Silver

Ben Nye Sparkle Glitter in Opal Ice

Ben Nye Sparkle Glitter in Emerald Green

Ben Nye Clown White Makeup

6) Wednesday Addams

NYX Matte Lipstick in Couture

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Tako

Mehron Liquid Makeup for Hair

7) Creepy Doll

Ben Nye Liquid Liner in White

La Femme Blush Rouge in Fuchsia

Gypsy Lashes – 93 (903) Black

NYX Butter Lipstick in Hot Nights

8) Old Lady

Ben Nye Liquid Latex

Ben Nye Liquid Hair Color in Silver Grey

Kryolan Supracolor in Ivory 

9) Bloody Tears

Kryolan Eye Blood in Red

10) Queen Maleficent

NXY Butter Lipstick in Big Cherry/Fire Brick

Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow in Midori

Get Your Halloween Makeup On Time!

To guarantee delivery of your Halloween makeup by October 31st, be sure to place orders by October 26th and select “express shipping” at checkout.

Don’t forget to tag us in your SFX makeup creations on Instagram using the hashtag #CRCsfxmakeup. For more articles like this one, visit our blog.

About Camera Ready Cosmetics

Camera Ready Cosmetics was founded in 2003 by pro makeup artist Mary Erickson. An industry veteran for more than 30 years, Mary knows quality and value and understands what an artist needs. Mary is the buyer for Camera Ready Cosmetics and chooses only what she would use on set.

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