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5 Last-Minute Beauty Looks That Will Transform Any Halloween Costume

When it comes to planning the perfect Halloween outfit, we couldn’t be more excited (for what other than the IG-worthy selfies to be snapped?). But often, our costume-finding efforts fall to wayside. Luckily, for the procrastinators and lazy alike, there is makeup to transform any haphazard costume from drab to fab. If wearing a pair of cat ears is your idea of a costume, it’s time you upped your trick-or-treat game. Curious? Keep scrolling to see how!

1. Leopard Lids

Make a fierce feline costume out of your favorite LBD with a leopard-inspired eyeshadow look that even the most uninitiated collegiette can recreate. First, swipe a copper eyeshadow (bronze or gold will work too) all over your lid. Extend the color slightly beyond the eyes toward your temples and under your lower lash line. Next, define the crease with a darker shade of bronze. Complete the look by adding four to five dots on your outer crease with a black kohl eyeliner or stick (we recommend NYX’s Jumbo Eye Pencil in Black Bean) and smudge the spots using a clean finger. 

2. Ombré Lips

Go ombré or go home—we’re gushing over these futuristic and gilded pouts created with vegan artistry line Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics’ lip tars. Click here for recipes and step-by-step directions to achieving these vibrant, dual-toned lips from OCC’s founder David Klasfeld. This goes with any costume—something scary and vampy or bright and fun.

3. Color Mascara

For collegiettes who haven’t mastered the cat-eye yet (darn you, unsteady hand) and aren’t willing to go through a handful of Q-tips to get it right on the night of Halloween, color mascara is for you. Hard Candy’s 1,000 Lashes Fiber Mascara ($6) comes in seven eye-popping shades. Use a different color on your top and bottom lashes for an electrifying effect.

4. Temporary Lip Tattoos

Temporary lip tattoos by Violent Lips are the procrastinator’s Halloween-beauty holy grail. Spice up any costume by dressing your pucker in leopard, rainbow, polka dots, glitter and a variety of other patterns. Each lip tattoo last four to eight hours. All lip sizes welcome!

5. Dramatic Cat-Eye

Quick and easy, this kitty cat-eye look only calls for three products: black eyeliner, faux lashes and black lipstick (we love Limecrime’s liquid-to-matte Lipstick in Black Velvet, $20). Add a pair of ears and you’re ready to go!

Tell us what beauty look you’ll be recreating on Halloween!

Nina Aghadjanian is a versatile multimedia journalist who graduated from the University of California, Irvine, with a Bachelor's Degree in Literary Journalism and minor in Management. She is a former Fashion and Lifestyle Production intern at E! News, an editor at UC Irvine's Her Campus chapter and an on-camera reporter at Anteater Television, a student-run news program. Nina's other previous roles include remote Contributing Writer and Blogger at Her Campus, the number one global online community for college women; editorial intern at Byrdie, an online magazine devoted to all things beauty that was launched by the creators of WhoWhatWear.com; and social media manager at Party Bravo, an online wedding directory. Nina is an aspiring on-camera entertainment news correspondent and digital magazine editor with an obsessive attention to detail in writing and superb reporting, interviewing and interpersonal communication skills. She is equally adept at managing multifarious projects and meeting tight deadlines, always doing so with an intent to increase productivity without cutting quality. When Nina isn't monitoring celebrity whereabouts, new haircuts and breakups like a hawk, she's perusing glossy and digital fashion magazines and thinking of more reasons why Los Angeles, not Disneyland, is the happiest place on earth. Nina is eager to build on her love for editorial and encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture, celebrity, beauty and fashion. Contact Nina directly at [email protected] or connect with her via Instagram @sincerely_ninaa.
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