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50 Halloween Eye Makeup Ideas for a Spooktacular and Stunning Look

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Get ready to bewitch and bedazzle this Halloween with mesmerizing Halloween eye makeup that will leave everyone spellbound. From hauntingly elegant to fiercely dramatic, we have an amazing lineup of the best Halloween eye makeup looks. Whether you're aiming for a sultry cat eye, spellbinding special effects, or a bold pigment explosion, we've got you covered. 

Our easy Halloween makeup ideas and how-to hacks will have you ready to rock the spookiest night of the year effortlessly. Experiment with glitter eyeshadows for an extra touch of glamor, or opt for matte and shimmer shades to create striking contrasts. Read on for 50 of the best inspirational photos and hacks to achieve the best Halloween eye makeup looks ever.

1. Smoky-Eyed Seductive Bunny 

If you're in search of subtle Halloween eye makeup ideas this season, direct your focus to this fool-proof dark smoky eye. Rest assured, you can achieve this look using products from your own makeup collection. Start by applying your deepest liquid black liner along your lash line to create a cat-eye effect. Enhance the allure by using a kohl liner on your waterline. Complete the look by gently smudging the liner to your liking. For an added festive touch, consider complementing the style with a chic head accessory and a vibrant lip color.

2. Seeing Triple

Elevate your Halloween eye makeup game with this creatively designed trippy eye look. Who needs a costume when you can master this attention-grabbing makeup look that strikes a balance between eerie and glamorous?

3. Butterfly Eyes 

Immerse yourself in the beauty of this exquisite butterfly makeup rendition. While achieving this intricate look requires a steady hand, those ready to take on the challenge should focus on outlining butterfly wings at the inner corners of their eyes. To finalize the striking look, add a sultry, smoky touch to the outer eye.

4. Dainty Fairy Eyes 

Radiating opulence, this look is a true gem! Begin by effortlessly applying a lustrous gold eyeshadow across your eyelids, extending it towards the inner corners of your under-eyes. For a bewitching fairy-like appeal, stop at this stage. However, if you're aiming for a bolder and more striking appearance, go all out with your creativity by embellishing your eyeshadow with an arrangement of pearls.

5. Over the Top Winged Liner 

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If your love for winged eyeliner knows no bounds, prepare to be swept away by this masterpiece, complete with rhinestones.

6. Owl Eyes

We absolutely adore this mesmerizing eye look. Replicating the owl-inspired accent eye may require a substantial level of artistic skill. However, you can confidently enter this realm by using neutral-toned shadows, liquid eyeliners, and delicate wispy lashes to bring this captivating look to life in a masterful way.

7. Bold Siren Eyes 

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Take it up a notch by recreating this sizzling fiery red eye look, elevated with luxurious gold foils. This vibrant look is a breeze to recreate. Begin by generously applying red eyeshadow to both your eyelids and under-eyes. Utilize a liquid eyeliner to craft a striking, precise winged liner. To heighten the allure, embellish your outer eye with gold foils, extending the decoration to the elevated areas of your cheeks for a fiercely stunning finish.

8. Clown Behavior

Elevate your smoky red eye makeup and make a grand entrance at the Halloween party with a clown-inspired twist. Utilize your liquid eyeliner to create a triangle shape on the upper part of your lid, extending it towards your brows. To complete the look, add a touch of drama by skillfully drawing clown tears, resulting in a distinctive and unforgettable appearance.

9. Spider-Chic 

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Here's a simple method to enhance your eyes while staying true to the seasonal theme. Achieve a timeless smoky eye look using a liquid liner and incorporate a spider web design beneath your eyes for a quick and stylish homage to Spider-Woman.

10. Hollow Forest Eyes 

This eye look evokes the eerie allure of a hollow forest. A dramatic combination of black and delicate gold eyeshadows creates depth and contrast. Apply the black eyeshadow towards the outer corners, accentuating the eyes, while blending the gold eyeshadow skillfully into the inner corners. Intensify the effect with jet-black eyeliner and voluminous lashes for a captivating finish. 

11. Eerie Under Eyes 

Reveal your spooky style with this chilling makeup look. Utilize a red liner to replicate the subtle yet eerie dripping blood eyeliner effect.

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This is the perfect spooky slay for any Halloween soirée. Elevate your appearance with bedazzled spider eye makeup, embellished with rhinestones, and intensified with deep black eyeshadows.

13. Pumpkin Liner

Ignite your festive spirit with a playful pumpkin twist on the classic winged eyeliner. Apply an array of orange shadows to your lid, complemented by a bold touch of glitter to truly enhance your look.

14. Creepy Cut Crease  

Leave a haunting impression with this spine-chilling look. Master the art of a bloody cut crease, incorporating a touch of special effects with your liquid red eyeliner for a jaw-dropping illusion.

15. Fierce Frankenstein 

Channel the spirit of Frankenstein with this eye makeup look. Coat your lids in electrifying green eyeshadows and draw eye piercings, paying homage to the iconic monster's hue and stitching.

16. Flower Child 

Embrace the cute and dainty route this season and transform your gaze into a blossoming garden. Adorn your eyelids with colorful daisies and shimmering shadows. Elevate the look with voluminous lashes for a beautiful finish.

17. Ethereal Eyes

Prepare to douse your eyes in loads of glitter  with this mystical look. Embrace your inner goddess by embellishing your eyes with shimmery shadows, gems, and a dusting of iridescent highlighter.

18. Purple Haze

Infuse smoky plum and amethyst hues with the blackest-black liner for a captivating purple haze effect. Accentuate the outer corners with glimmering gems, adding a head turning touch. 

19. A Festive Winged-Liner 

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Make a wickedly stylish statement with this devilishly chic eye look. It's a subtly alluring way to embrace the holiday spirit, no costume required!

20. Bat-Winged Liner 

Unleash your inner nocturnal spirit with a twisted take on winged eyeliner – transform your wings into bewitching bat wings. Embrace the dark elegance of these winged creatures, crafting an eye-catching and hauntingly beautiful look perfect for a night of festivities.

21. Electric Green

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Here's another strikingly beautiful eye look that might require a bit of skill, but with precise eyeliner, we're confident you can recreate this electric masterpiece.

22. Spider Queen

If you have a liquid eyeliner pen, you can do this look. Bonus points if you also have a white eyeliner color to add some dimension to your spider’s legs. Create an all-over smoky eyeshadow look—heavy on the smoke. From there, draw legs extending out from your eye in all different directions. Shade it with the white eyeliner for a realistic effect. 

23. Ghost Gourl

The major Halloween colors are green, black, and purple, so why not use all three to create this epic ghost-infused look? Try using this white eyeliner from ESSENCE MAKEUP to draw on the ghosts. 

24. Straight Out of the Pumpkin Patch

This easy Halloween look is for makeup newbies. Create an all-over orange shadow look on the lid and then draw on your winged eyeliner as you normally would. Then, using a Q-tip dunked in makeup remover, remove two chunks of the eyeliner to create your Jack O’ Lantern teeth. Draw on a triangular pair of eyes and nose, and you’re in the Halloween spirit without even really trying.

25. Spooky Trees

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Are you getting the hint yet that you can pretty much create any Halloween eye look with an inky liquid liner? We love KOKIE PROFESSIONAL’S precise longwear liner to get the job done. Use your liner to create these extending spooky Halloween trees over your eyes for a haunting effect. 

26. Wicked Green Apple Eyes

You’re the apple of our eye! Just don’t poison us, please. If you want to keep things simple but still be in the Halloween theme, create a poison apple-inspired eye look with just two colors. 

27. Butterfly Effect

This might take more artistic talent, but if you’re game, try turning your face into a butterfly and flutter your long lashes to keep up with the theme. We love MORPHE’S falsies for extra drama. 

28. Tarot Witch

Show everyone you’re a witch without spending hours on your makeup. Just create this mini moon sequence over your third eye with liquid eyeliner and set it with setting powder or spray so you can cast spells all night long.

29. Blood Drip

Grab a red liquid liner or even use a red lip liner and draw cascading blood “drips” underneath your eyes to make it look like you’re crying the blood of your enemies.

30. Candy Corn Eyes

Candy corn is so well known, all you have to do is use yellow, orange, and white shadows and anyone will pretty much get the gist of what you were trying to accomplish. Dust on some glitter and your eyes will look good enough to eat.

31. Rag Doll Eyes

You don’t have to do a full face of makeup to achieve this rag doll Halloween costume. Even just the eye makeup portion of this rag doll-inspired eye look will make a big impact.

32. Hit a Brick Wall

If you can draw lines, you can create this look. Have a friend write the words “boo” on your lids with liquid liner if it’s too hard to do in the reversed mirror reflection.

33. Queen of Hearts

If nothing’s scarier to you than betting it all on a poker game, channel Alice in Wonderland’s queen of hearts character and draw a royal flush on your lids. Pair this makeup look with a black onesie or go full Queen in a crown and royal staff. 

34. Cat Woman

You don’t need a mask for this look when you can draw on your own. Outline the shape of your mask with pencil eyeliner. For a smudge-proof look, use L.O.C.K. COLOR’S waterproof pencil eyeliner. Then fill in the mask with eyeliner or black eyeshadow. Create a highlighting effect with white eyeshadow or powder. Then draw on some stitches with white liquid liner or liquid face paint. 

35. Violet Beauregarde

We love this visually amazing moment from the 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory—that we've also included it in our roundup of favorite Halloween costumes! Ellie Addis really captured the spreading blueberry effect that started on Violet Beauregarde's nose in the film. 

36. Rainbow Goddess

Not all eye makeup looks require an eyeshadow palette. Sometimes, all you need is an illuminating highlighter and rhinestones in the color of the rainbow like Marika D'Auteuil. 

37. Audrey Hepburn 

The Underworld actress channeled iconic 60s makeup and the icon herself, Audrey Hepburn, but added a modern flair. Audrey was known for her smoky liner, but Kate Beckinsale’s look received a 21st Century makeover with the addition of rhinestones along the bottom lash line. 

38. Black Widow

Makeup artist Kandee Johnson morphed Olympic athletes into Olympic superheroes, taking inspiration from a few of Marvel's beloved characters. For the most decorated gymnast of all time, Simone Biles, Kandee interpreted Black Widow through the use of extreme false lashes (this is no mascara job!) and red eyeshadow. Check out her behind the scenes video.

39. Gilded Cleopatra

Nicole Scherzinger went Cleopatra glam for Halloween a few years ago, but we can't forget the aqua-blue eye shadow, the shimmery gold and the black eyeliner. Try this: The tarteist™ Double Take Eyeliner in Black from Tarte Cosmetics has both a waterproof liquid liner and a gel pencil for maximum control of the product and ultimate staying power.

40. Cruella de Vil

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There could be 101 Cruellas at a Halloween party, but Khloé Kardashian would still be our number one. Her white smoky eye is A+ but you just can’t miss a complete look like this. She implemented Dalmatian spots from her wig to her nails, and we love it all.

For more Halloween nails, check out these 9 Halloween nail art ideas to inspire your next costume.

41. Glam Devil

Bretman Rock is a crafty devil—before beauty, he started with DIY fashion outfits! But he also has makeup skills to boot. What we like about this winged red eyeshadow is that although it looks like a low-lift, last-minute Halloween option, it takes some skill to blend out that bold color so it seamlessly feathers. Bravo!

42. Morticia Addams

Take a cool, smoky eye, a black liquid liner, add Morticia's signature red lipstick and you've got yourself the perfect last-minute Halloween makeup like Sophie Turner. Take it to the next level by focusing on your canvas for a flawless look and sleeking your middle-part. In the meantime, Morticia, send us your skincare routine?

43. Harley Quinn

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Whether or not you saw The Suicide Squad, DC Comics’ bad girl Harley Quinn is a popular Halloween choice. Booty shorts and a fitted tee sounds comfortable enough, but her unmistakable makeup (and hairstyle!) is also so fun. We like how Nicki Minaj chose to rock the red and blue like highlighter, blending down from her lower lash line onto her cheekbones. 

44. Janet Jackson

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Channelling one of the most iconic looks from a late '90s music video, Ciara as Janet Jackson in the Busta Rhymes hit "What’s It Gonna Be?!" looks too good. Aside from the spot-on costume, Ciara nails Janet's memorable, long false lashes and black lipstick.

45. La Catrina

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Camila Cabello previously paid homage to the Day of the Dead, and we love that you could strip away the costume and still be left with a look that speaks for itself. From the face paint and liquid eyeliner to the black eyeshadow that creates the hallowed-out look of a skeleton, this eye makeup look is as spooky as it is gorgeous.

46. Marie Antoinette

Perhaps the most well-known queen of France, Marie Antoinette is no easy style icon. From the white face makeup to the ensemble of the time, there's a lot to work with. Just focusing on the eye makeup when the "Dancing With the Devil" singer rocked this look, her blue-green eyeshadow with dramatic lashes is a stunning choice!

47. Ouija Board

On Halloween, you can be anyone—or anything. We love that Victoria Justice, star of the Netflix film Afterlife of the Party, went as a ouija board to a Halloween party the other year! The white face makeup and contact lenses make this a truly inspired (and spooky!) look. 

48. Pennywise

The YouTube queen of DIY Lauren Riihimaki mastered the cinematic portrayal of Pennywise—the antagonist of Stephen King's horror novel, It. Of course, the single red balloon and clown costume complete the look, but there's no mistaking the white face paint and red lip color. Check out her makeup tutorial—super approachable, so give it a try!

49. Super Mario

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Style is in the details, and this look has many. Brush off your artistry skills and create a fun landscape—like one from @delaracreates. Steady hand required, Super Mario sound effects optional.

50. Unicorn Vibes

If you're looking for cute inspiration (for anything), look no further than Heart Defensor Telagaarta. For this look—just as appropriate for Halloween as it is for Disney World or a music festival—we love the use of blue, pink and purple eyeshadow to create an ethereal kiss of makeup across the eyelids and cheeks. 

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Chelsea Hall
Chelsea Hall
Chelsea is an NYC-based fashion and beauty writer with over 7 years experience. She has held roles at publications such as Harper's Bazaar, WWD, InStyle, and Marie Claire. Her writing has also appeared on ELLE.com and POPSUGAR.com.
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Article Last Updated August 29, 2023 12:00 AM