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9 Halloween YouTube Makeup Tutorials

Gabi Duncan |
October 29, 2014 | 1:24 p.m. PDT

Style Editor

Get ready for spooks, frights and haunting delights—Halloween is only a couple short days away! If you haven’t already chosen your costume for the scariest night of the year, don’t sweat it. There’s still enough time to piece together a fantastic get-up that will be memorable and, more importantly, Instagram-worthy. 

If you’re in need of a little inspiration, let these YouTube beauty gurus be your guide. From pop culture characters to creepy creatures, there is a diverse array of looks that will appeal to almost anyone. Plus, with these in-depth tutorials you can let your makeup do all the talking without splurging on an expensive costume. Just paint your face, throw on something from your closet and have a fun, frightening night. Happy Halloween!

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Little Red Rotting Hood Tutorial // Nicole Guerriero

We’ve all heard the childhood tale of Little Red Riding Hood, but Nicole Guerriero puts an unexpected twist on the classic character with this eerie Little Red Rotting Hood makeup look. Guerrieo is a huge fan of Halloween makeup and always conceives some of the most unique tutorials. She is a pro at explaining her step-by-step process, making it a breeze to follow along. Choose this one if you want to give your friends nightmares long after Halloween is over.

Mesmerizing Mermaid Tutorial // MakeupByAlli

MakeupByAlli offers a whimsical option with this mesmerizing mermaid makeup tutorial. She uses appealing pastel colors and shimmery products to create the appearance of sparkly scales all over her face and neck. This look is definitely glamorous, but don't fret. It requires mostly eyeshadows and highlighters to achieve the under-the-sea effect. 

"Game of Thrones" Daenerys Targaryen Tutorial // Carli Bybel

Daenerys Targaryen's “Game of Thrones” costume will probably be one of the most popular this year, so Carli Bybel decided to give the people what they want—a matching makeup look. If you decide to dress up as the Mother of Dragons, Bybel offers a straightforward, fresh-faced tutorial that even a beauty novice can imitate. Complete the fierce Khaleesi transformation by simply tossing on a long, blonde wig. Valar morghulis!

"Frozen" Elsa Tutorial // Shaaanxo

Disney’s mega-hit “Frozen” will surely inspire lots of costumes this Halloween season and beauty guru Shaaanxo has the perfect tutorial for the magical, ice queen Elsa. The New Zealander is always bubbly and entertaining in her videos, but she also gives useful instructions for precise makeup application. Bonus: This pretty tutorial will work for All Hallows’ Eve and every other night of the year.

Zombie Flapper Tutorial // Desi Perkins

If you're looking for a terrifying twist on a sexy costume, check out Desi Perkins’ zombie flapper tutorial. The flapper get-up is a staple every Halloween, but Perkins skips the usual glam option for a chilling look. This tutorial is all about dramatic eye makeup and Perkins is extremely skilled in this department. She also takes it a step further by using dark colors to accurately mimic the sick, gross appearance of a haunted zombie.

Poison Ivy Tutorial // Amanda Ensing

Unleash your inner villainess with this sultry Poison Ivy makeup tutorial. Amanda Ensing is awesome at glamorous and ultra-feminine looks with lots of sparkle and shine. To recreate the comic book character, she makes it simple by using products that are probably already in your beauty collection. And, don’t worry if your don’t have a costume for this look, just follow Ensing’s lead and use green face paint on your neck to finish the transformation.

Sugar Skull Tutorial // Shaaanxo

The Mexican Day of the Dead sugar skull is an awesome go-to for a last minute Halloween costume because the makeup will work with almost any outfit. The look may seem intimidating to recreate but Shaaanxo breaks it down so anyone can follow. She uses beautiful, bright colors in her tutorial but with her uncomplicated guide you can switch it up and use basically any shades of your choice.

"Breakfast at Tiffany's" Tutorial // Michelle Phan

Michelle Phan offers a fun tutorial for one of Hollywood’s most iconic women—Audrey Hepburn as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Phan’s tutorial is short and quick, but she describes each step in detail to recreate Hepburn’s alluring Old Hollywood makeup. She uses minimal products but transforms herself into the classy, elegant character with ease. If you’re a little more daring, take this look to a frightening level with Phan’s ghastly Breakfast at Zombie’s tutorial. 

Mythical Vampire Tutorial // Dulce Candy

Vampires and Halloween basically go hand in hand, so if you’re really stumped for ideas, turn yourself into a sexy creature of the night with the help of Dulce Candy’s mythical vampire tutorial. As with the others, this creepy makeup look is easy to recreate and she uses dramatic costume blood at the end to complete the bloodsucker transformation. And, who doesn’t love a little blood and gore on Halloween night?

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