Are you still undecided about your look this Halloween? Check out these 10 awesome skeleton makeup looks – spooky but glamorous at the same time!
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Skeleton Halloween Makeup
The weather, the fashion, the festivities — these are just some of the many things I love about the fall.
But of course, there’s one more thing I’d never dare miss in my life: Halloween because it gives me the perfect excuse to wear my best skeleton makeup!
My skeleton makeup list is subjective. But I tried my best to give you as many options as you can.
As you can also see, most of the choices concentrate on the face or the skull. If there’s one thing you need to get right in your Halloween look, it’s the face.
After all, it can be the basis for your entire look, including your costume and accessories.
Want to see my DIY skeleton makeup choices for this Halloween? Go ahead and browse!
1. Purple Skull
Purple is one of the best colors for fall, and what better way to combine Halloween and fall ideas than wearing a skeleton makeup in, well, purple! The color helps you update the classic skeleton or skull look.
Simply put, it doesn’t make you look boring.
2. Zombie Poison Ivy
I LOVE Halloween makeup looks by makeupbycheetah, and I highly recommend her Instagram account if you need more ideas. But this one is probably my favorite. It’s insanely creative!
This is how you take the regular superhero look to an entirely new and spooky level.
3. Day of the Dead
There are a lot of things I like about this skeleton makeup: details, colors, and skill. It’s a beautiful take of the candy or sugar skull that’s extremely popular in Mexico.
And before you think this is incredibly hard to pull off, then you better check out the tutorial. Learn how to get this same look right here.
4. Half Skull
Half skulls are trendy this Halloween! I think it’s because it’s easy to do, versatile, and doesn’t take too much time as you only have to put makeup on half of your face!
It’s also a great way to create the illusion of life and death (oohhhh!). If you want to recreate the look above, you can use a great white face paint and dark eyeshadow palettes.
And here’s another idea for your half skull! So basically you can paint the upper or the lower half, or the right or left side.
It’s your choice.
5. Orange Skull
“Dreamy” is probably the last word you’ll ever think about skeleton makeup, but it can actually happen!
I adore this Halloween look a lot as it gives the feeling of freshness and brightness — totally in contrast and different from the spooky Halloween makeup you often see. And check out the shimmer and how it highlights blue eyes.
6. Glamour Ghoul
Skulls are usually black and white, but the truth is you can have more colors. In fact, play around with them!
This one used pink and purple to create a more glamorous look. Again, Halloween gives you the full right to go crazy and creative with how you look.
But remember, it’s equally nice to look scary and glamorous altogether.
7. Bridal Skull
I consider this as a modern take to the bridal skull or skeleton makeup we all grow up to love. The lace detail gives it a soft and feminine touch just as how brides should be. You may also love the fact black and purple or violet actually look really good together!
8. Bony Skeleton
If you don’t want to go soft with your makeup, then how about going hard-core? Show off those bones — or at least create the illusion!
If you’re looking for an inspiration, then just look at the image above. There’s also a detailed discussion about this Halloween look here.
9. Fashion Skeleton
There are three very interesting things about this picture.
One, amazing, amazing makeup details. Look at the hands!
Two, high fashion. Here’s proof.
Three, an awesome daytime quick skeleton makeup. Enough said.
10. Twin Skeletons
I have to admit this is extremely hard to pull off. Not only are the details too technical and many, you need to copy each of the elements correctly.
But then again, isn’t it our goal to be macabre this Halloween?
11. Holo Skull
It’s all about Holo this year, so it doesn’t surprise me that Halloween would be full of it, too! Incorporating Holo into your skeleton makeup will definitely give you that extra “oomph” you need to make your outfit pop some more.
You can take it up a notch by wearing Holo nail polish as well.
12. Galactic Spacebunny Skull
You know what’s better than skeleton makeup on Halloween? Galactic skeleton makeup looks!
This one takes the cake with the amount of detail involved. Intricately designed like a sugar skull, this design looks wonderful enough to be sent to space.
13. Diamond Skull
Who would have known skulls can be glamorized with jewels and diamonds? I love this design for its ability to make a potentially scary-looking makeup look like a million dollars.
Of course, you won’t have to use actual diamonds, but you’ll look amazing with this skeleton makeup version.
14. Skeleton Bride
The Nightmare Before Christmas introduced us to the creepy but adorable looking skeletons, while The Corpse Bride graced us with Emily. Tim Burton’s characters are definitely fun to recreate during Halloween.
Here’s what Emily would have looked like had she been a part of Jack Skellington’s crew.
15. Glow in the Dark Skeleton
We can’t talk about skeleton makeups without putting in a glow in the dark version in here. If you don’t want to have the same designs or costumes as the other people, make yours unique.
Making your skull makeup glow should be the top of every Halloween-loving girl’s to do list. This one added neon pink lashes to make it more girly.
Oops, I’m not done yet! I have here another fantastic skeleton makeup tutorial called Melting Skull. Intriguing! Look how Desi Perkins does it:
Which of these skeleton makeup looks to give you goosebumps? I’d have to choose number 10.
It’s as eerie as it gets! But, hopefully, you’re not just spooked.
It would make me happy if I’ve helped you come up with the most gorgeous and scariest look for this year’s Halloween. Don’t forget to let me know how it went, okay?
What do you think of my skeleton makeup list? Did I help you prep for your Halloween look? I’d love to know your thoughts by leaving me your comments below!
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 2016 and has been updated for quality and relevancy.