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Halloween makeup hacks that are next-level spooky

Halloween makeup hacks that are next-level spooky

Forget loading up on face paints that you’ll never use again. With the right techniques, you can create a spooky Halloween look from the must-haves in your makeup bag: they’re also really quick and easy,  making them the perfect pick for a last-minute party.

1. Make mermaid scales with eyeshadow

If you’re going for the mermaid look, it’s easy to create some shimmery scales. All you need is a pair of fishnet tights (or the netted plastic bag that oranges and onions come in!) and a pastel eyeshadow like Magnif’Eyes Mono Eyeshadow in A-List, £4.49.

Hold the tights/bag over the patch of skin where you want the scales to show – like your cheek – then dust the iridescent green eyeshadow over the top. The effect is so pretty.

2. Make instant fake blood with lipstick

Halloween makeup hacks that are next-level spooky

Swap liquid blood for red lipstick and gloss that can be mixed together in seconds. Simply put a small amount of The Only 1 Lipstick in Best of the Best, £6.99, on a plate, and blend with an equal measure of clear lipgloss.

To deepen the shade of the ‘blood’, add The Only 1 Lipstick in One-of-a-Kind, £6.99. Then use a small lip or eyeshadow brush to paint it on your forehead, lip or cheek. 

3. Fake freckles with a brow pencil

No creepy doll costume is complete without a smattering of freckles, and if you aren’t naturally blessed there are ways you can make them look believable.

Reach for an eyebrow pencil (we love the long-lasting Professional Eyebrow Pencil, £2.99), and dot it over your nose and cheeks for faux freckles that won’t smudge.

4. Line your way to a last-minute look

When in doubt, pull out your eyeliner and get to work on a pencil-only look. You can do this with Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal, £3.99, or Colour Precise Eyeliner, £5.99.

With a liner you can create a bevy of looks – from a cat to a bat to a spider’s web – and if you fancy giving it a go, we’ve got a tutorial for you here