The spookiest time of the year is almost here, and you know what that means: delicious baked goods, festive decorations, crazy costumes and, of course, makeup looks that could kill. Cosmetics are the perfect way to add drama and flair to any fun Halloween outfit, from glitter to false lashes to that neon ColourPop palette you’ve been eyeing. Keep reading for 15 long-lasting makeup items to make this All Hallows’ Eve one to remember.
Full coverage foundation for the win! First things first, you’ll need a smooth canvas before you go in with your favorite highlighter and bronzer. Lancôme’s Teint Idôle foundation is oil-free, fragrance-free and includes SPF 15 for extra protection. Make sure you pair with a hydrating primer, as it can cause dry flakes if your skin doesn’t have enough moisture before application. I personally use (and love) the Touch In Sol Pretty Filter Icy Sherbet Primer.
I’m not lying when I say this is the best liquid eyeliner I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried a lot of them. The KVD Beauty Tattoo Liner has a fine brush tip that glides seamlessly across your eyelids – or anywhere else you want to add some intrigue – for the perfect cat eye every time. This stuff simply does not budge. Make sure you shake before using and store tip-down so the brush stays extra inky.
Do it all with the Colourpop Fade Into Hue palette. It quite literally has every shade of the rainbow with a number of different finishes: metallic, matte, glitter and matte sparkle. The palette is a fantasyland that has received rave reviews, with one buyer saying the shades stayed bright all day long with only a bit of primer. Cha-ching.
Add some spice to your routine with the beloved Lip Lingerie Matte Liquid Lipstick by Nyx. You’ve got quite the selection with 24 different shades, most of which are dark berry and brown tones that fit right in with the falling leaves and chilly temps that are soon to come. The mousse-like formula makes your lips look extra plump and full, and it smells absolutely amazing.
The Dramatic Volume Go Big or Go Home False Lashes from KVD Beauty are ultra sassy. They’re made from a soft alternative to animal hair, meaning they’re 100% vegan and cruelty-free. The rounded edges help prevent poking while the flexible band contours to your individual eye shape.
The Chrome Paint Shadow is your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Tarte’s loose powder pigment formula gives you massive payoff with one simple swipe. It’s waterproof, safe for contact lens wearers, ophthalmologist and dermatologist-tested and stays put up to 12 hours. For extra dimension, layer on top of eyeshadow, dust on the high points of your face or add over a lipstick.
Nyx’s iconic Matte Finish Setting Spray has been wrapped up in festive packaging for all of the exciting holidays ahead. This lightweight spray – which has achieved cult status in the beauty world – feels fresh and breathable on the face while making sure to keep your makeup shine-free. If you’ve got extra oily skin, Nyx recommends spraying a little on your foundation and concealer brushes before application.
Ditch your usual lip color and grab something more daring for Oct. 31 festivities. The Stunna Lip Paint by Rihanna’s brand FENTY is a long-wearing, matte liquid lipstick with a precise applicator. Undefeated is a sultry purple. A few reviewers on the Sephora website recommend putting a touch of setting powder on your lips to help it dry fast and stay put.
No look is complete without a show-stopping highlighter. Ofra’s Pillow Talk Highlighter is a soft, ethereal baby pink shade, but don’t let that fool you – it’s highly pigmented and just one swipe picks up a lot of product. It looks best on those with fair or light skin tones, and can also be used as an eyeshadow for people with darker tones.
If there’s ever a time to go all out with a smokey eye, it’s Halloween. The blowin’ smoke palette from ColourPop is full of whites, greys and blacks in matte and metallic finishes. Each is buttery smooth and blends like a dream. Our favorite shade is night dream, which is black with gold, pink and silver sparkles. If you’re worried about intense fallout, we recommend doing your eyeshadow before applying foundation.
Keep those bomb brows in place all night with Milani’s The Clear Brow Gel, from the first glass of wine to the last Reese’s pumpkin cup. The lightweight formula made with jasmine extract and vitamin B5 won’t flake or go sticky. It’s vegan, cruelty-free and has an easy-to-apply precise applicator.
Did someone say Wonder Woman? This bold pigment from KVD Beauty works as an eyeshadow, eyeliner and brow pomade, all at once. Its waterproof formula is matte and blendable, plus the selection of 17 neon colors is to die for. Roxy is a bright grape shade. One reviewer said they applied the pigment at 8 a.m. and it still looked flawless at 11:30 p.m. that same night.
Make quick work of dark circles and blemishes with Ulta’s Full Coverage Liquid Concealer. Made with aloe vera, chamomile green tea and tea tree oil, the dependable formula provides a matte finish without pesky creasing or caking. It’s paraben-free, sulfate-free and fragrance-free.
Use the e.l.f. Cosmetics Holy Hydration! Makeup Melting Cleansing Balm when you’re ready to hit the hay after a long night of spooky fun. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid, ceramides and peptides and is suitable for all skin types. The balm melts into a milky, smooth texture that takes off everything, even the most stubborn mascara and eyeliner.