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19 last-minute Halloween costumes that require nothing but makeup

Sarah is a lifestyle writer and travel blogger who can often be found loitering in a cafe with a pot of tea and a good book. Over the last eight years Sarah has lived and worked abroad in the United Kingdom, Spain and Colombia and has tr...

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Paint on your costume

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Paint on your costume

It's T minus 5 hours, 3 minutes and 10 seconds to this year's big Halloween bash, and you still don't have a costume. We've all been there.

But the good news is, if you have a little bit of makeup and about an hour, then you've got yourself a solid costume. We've gathered a whole list of Halloween makeup looks — and most of them are easy enough for even a novice to master.

So paint on your face and prepare to hit that Monster Mash in style!

 

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Shimmering mermaid

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Shimmering mermaid

It takes just a little shimmer and some bright blue eyeshadow to become a mermaid for a day this Halloween.

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Scary skeleton

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Scary skeleton

If you're particularly dexterous with your eyeliner pencil, then this could be the perfect Halloween makeup test for you. 

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Tears of blood

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Tears of blood

A fuss-free Halloween costume is as easy as splattering some red makeup on your face and calling it blood. 

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Harley Quinn

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Harley Quinn

Get out your makeup bag, and become Harley Quinn at your next Halloween party.

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Zipper face

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Zipper face

Who knew you could create a Halloween costume with just a zipper and some lipstick? 

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A cat straight of Broadway

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A cat straight of Broadway

All it takes is some textured flicks of your liquid eyeliner to get this cat look. 

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Sugar skull

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Sugar skull

Day of the Dead makeup is always a hit. Just pop on some of your most colourful makeup to achieve this look.

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Freaky baby doll

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Freaky baby doll

You too could look this creepy with just some white foundation, lipstick, blush and liquid eyeliner.

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Barbie

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Barbie

If you're a Barbie girl in a Barbie world, then this is the costume for you this Halloween. 

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Japanese anime

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Japanese anime

Get this look with some Hello Kitty stickers, huge eyelashes and over-the-top white eyeshadow.

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Twisty

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Twisty

You'll surely freak out your fellow partygoers with this spin on the AHS: Freakshow villain.

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Old lady

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Old lady

How about you give the old lady get-up a go?

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Two-face

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Two-face

Not sure whether you should go as your favourite male or female character this Halloween? Why not try going as both?

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Zombie Marie Antoinette

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Zombie Marie Antoinette

Zombie makeup is so hot right now, and this surprisingly easy Zombie Marie Antoinette is even hotter.

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Dark Swan

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Dark Swan

You can become Once Upon a Time's Dark Swan with just a little time and a whole lotta white makeup.

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Alex Vause

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Alex Vause

Really, guys, this OITNB makeup doesn't get any easier. (And we were already dying to copy Alex's look.)

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'American Horror Story' sister

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'American Horror Story' sister

Saving the best for last, this AHS look is straight out of Asylum.

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Originally published Oct. 2015. Updated Oct. 2016.

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