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8 Last-Minute Halloween Costumes Using Only Makeup

You're a busy woman, so we totally get it if October 31 crept up on you. But it's not too late to have a crazy cool costume. In fact, these 10 last-minute Halloween costumes only require what you probably already have in your makeup bag.

Are you one of those women who's always fashionably late—emphasis on fashionably? No matter what spooky soiree you have to attend, one of these 10 last-minute Halloween costumes will have you looking festively fashionable. And bonus? You already have everything you need in your makeup bag.

Though if you wanted to splurge on a new liquid liner or two, we won't tell.

1. Retro Pop Art Star

Hello, Andy Warhol? Whether you want to channel Andy's Marilyn or your favorite throwback comic book, Birchbox is going full retro with its adorable pop art last-minute Halloween costume. The second best part is all you need is your everyday clothes, some DIY skills with posterboard and markers, and your makeup. The first best part? You will be the star of Instagram stories in this look.

Get the look (from left to right, top to bottom): Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Intense Black | Marcelle Ultimate Volume Mascara | Cynthia Rowley Beauty Liquid Liner in Cobalt | Ardency Inn Supercharged Eyeliner in Black | Smashbox Always On Gel Liner in Black | IPKM Moist & Firm Beauty Balm SPF 45 in Light | Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Deep Red

2. Pixelated 8-Bit Beauty

Did you just step off the computer screen in Minecraft? That's the look YouTuber dope2111 is going for, and totally nails. In fact, pixel makeup looks is one of the hottest costume makeup styles of 2017, so you'll be so on trend at your party. To mimic the look of early computer and video game graphics, you contour and apply makeup as usual, but ditch your beautyblender and go for harsher, more graphic straight lines and squares. For a last-minute Halloween costume, all you need is the makeup, but if you have a little extra time, channel your favorite old-school video game character with your costume and take it to the next level with pixel makeup.

Get the look (from left to right, top to bottom): Pixi by Petra Flat Liner Brush | ColourPop Creme Gel Liner in Exit | ColourPop Creme Gel Colour in Call Me, Swerve, Dirty Talk | ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Bossy

3. Your Favorite Snapchat Filter

OK, maybe it's your favorite Snapchat filter after the one that makes you look like you didn't just wake up and are already exhausted. Who doesn't love the "puke the rainbow" filter? With big, babydoll eyes, and so much fun with color, YouTuber Brittany Marie slays this filter replica. Brittany uses some costume makeup, but really any high-pigment shadow or cream color can create the rainbow streak from this Snapchat-inspired makeup.

Get the look (from left to right, top to bottom): Nyx Slide On Liner in Pure White | Morphe ES62 - Toasted Hazelnut | L.A. Girl Pro Concealor | Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation | Maybelline ColorBlur Cream Matte Lip Pencil - 45 I'm Blushing! | Nyx Pinky Blush | Mehron Paradise PaletteNyx White Liquid Liner

4. Film Noir Screen Queen

There is so much you can do with Ahitsrosa's black-and-white optical illusion makeup look—a Hitchcockian scream queen, Dorothy before she gets to Oz, a Banksy artwork, Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca—but the effect itself is enough for a last-minute Halloween costume that will have every party guest marvelling. This YouTuber also uses a white costume makeup, but you can mix up your own perfect grays using loads of options in cream colors. Just make sure that the overall result is matte, because any silvers or other metallics could have you looking more robotic than noir.

Get the look (from left to right, top to bottom): Melt Cosmetics Dark Matter | Mehron Clown White | Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Perversion | Mica Beauty Gel Eyeliner | Sugarpill Tako Pressed Eyeshadow |  Black Up Lipstick in RGE M30 | Make Up For Ever Flash Color Palette (Black) | Sugarpill Grand Tiara Loose Eyeshadow

5. Futuristic Robot

Speaking of robots, Real Simple has a super-simple robot look even non-makeup mavens can slay. Use this liner-heavy tutorial as the base, and you can go as crazy as you want—when else could you pull off a full copper or silver facepaint look? (Isn't Halloween the best?) The key bit of "extra" in this beauty look is the clock gears applied with lash glue, which give it a steampunk vibe you can totally play into. Hey, if you want to take it down and do an even simpler robot last-minute Halloween costume, just dress in normal clothes and say you're a Replicant from Blade Runner 2049. Especially if you have a killer shearling-lined jacket, who could argue with you?

Get the look (from left to right, top to bottom): Nars Sheer Glow Foundation | e.l.f Need It Nude Eyeshadow Palette | Make Up For Ever Ink Liner in Black | Yves Rocher Glitter Mascara - Silver | Huda Beauty Lash Glue | Etsy All Geared Up Clock Gears

6. The Ultimate Cat Look

A cat look is the classic go-to, last-minute Halloween costume, but instead of just using your black eyeliner to draw whiskers and call it a day, check out Birchbox's awesome tutorial. Whether you want to be a housecat or a wild animal like a lion, jaguar, or panther, this tutorial is the perfect base. Plus, even if your Halloween party is in a hour, you can knock out this style in no time using just your liquid liner and a cute pair of ears.

Get the look (from left to right): Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner | Maxine Beaded Cat Ears

7. Creepy Ouija Board

If we were going to channel the spirits, they'd tell us you'll win the Halloween party in this creep-tastic Ouija board makeup. Bonus: This look from YouTuber Britney Diane looks crazy elaborate and complicated, but it's not. You can buy a Ouija board stencil to back you up, and the rest is a whole lot of black makeup that you probably already have. Go full-out with scary contacts, add the Ouija planchette to the design, and temporary dye your hair dark, and we're sure the evil spirits will be more afraid of you than you are of them.

Get the look (from top to bottom, left to right): Mac Pro Longwear Fluidline in Blacktrack | Nyx Epic Ink LinerNyx Matte Liquid Liner | Ouija Board Stencil

8. Rainbow-tastic Unicorn

Rainbows, color, and glitter, oh my! For the woman who wants to go color-crazy this Halloween, shine bright like a unicorn with Charisma Star's look. After all, in the past year we've had unicorn Frappuccinos, unicorn horn eyeliner, unicorn hair, unicorn hot chocolate, unicorn manicures.... why not go peak trend and transform into a unicorn for Halloween? The key is bright, full pigmented color, and we love the palettes Charisma uses to make it all come together. Use her tutorial as a guidepost, and adjust to your favorite color shades—just don't forget the glitter! Charisma Star puts the cherry on top with a unicorn horn from Etsy shop Firefly Path, but you can DIY one if you're in a pinch!

Get the look (from top to bottom, left to right): Make Up For Ever Star Lit Liquid | e.l.f. Powder Blush Palette | Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil - Milk | Nyx Slide On Liner - Purple Blaze |  Mac Glitter Reflects Pearl | Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Lipstick 203 - Cold Pink | Blackheart Beauty Interstellar Eye Shadow Collection Palette | Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette

Caitlin White

Caitlin White is the Senior Editor at Her work has appeared in,, Bustle, The Huffington Post, Wetpaint, and other publications. If you want to talk about Dateline: Real Life Mysteries, shark movies, or Judy Blume books, she's your woman.

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